SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

CeDEP Staff

Mr Colin Poulton
CeDEP Academic Director
Reader in Development Policy
Programme Convenor: Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice
Colin Poulton

Research: Rural development and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Laurence Smith
Professor of Environmental Policy and Development
Laurence Smith
Research: Natural resource management, water resources, rural development and poverty reduction.

Professor Bhavani Shankar
Professor of International Food, Agriculture and Health
Bhavani Shankar

Research: Analysis of economic drivers of over- and under-nutrition, nutrition transition, dietary policy evaluation, impact assessment and the role of agriculture in enabling better nutrition and health.

Professor Nigel Poole
Professor of International Development Policy
Nigel Poole

Research: Agri-health and nutrition, natural resources and food value chains, poverty reduction.

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  • Room: 475
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11 - 1

Dr Ben Daley
Lecturer in Environmental Management
Programme Director, Sustainable Development
Ben Daley
Research: Sustainable development, environmental change, environmental history and environmental management.
Dr Ros Taplin
Programme Convenor, Environmental Management
Senior Teaching Fellow, Environmental Management
Ros Taplin

Research: climate change policy, sustainable energy policy, climate change art, education for sustainability

Dr Thomas Tanner
Programme Convenor, Climate Change and Development
Reader in Environment and Development
Tom Tanner

Research: climate change policy and planning, anticipatory decision-making, urban resilience, policy processes and political economy.

Dr Frauke Urban
Research Associate
Frauke Urban
Research: low carbon energy transitions, energy policy, climate policy, innovation for sustainability, sustainable development

Dr Jeff Waage, OBE
Member, Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
Professor Jeff Waage

Food Policy. Farmer participatory research, biological alternatives to pesticides, biosecurity and management of invasive species affecting agriculture and the environment

Dr Samira Choudhury
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
 Samira Choudhury

Research: Food Systems, Health and the Environment specialising in Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS).

Dr Soledad Cuevas
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Soledad Cuevas

Research: Food trade and sustainable nutrition. Livestock value chains and animal source foods in South Africa.

Dr Gregory Cooper
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Gregory Cooper

Research: Agriculture, Social-ecological systems, Sustainability, System dynamics and Participatory modelling approaches