SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

CeDEP Staff

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

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

Dr Thomas Tanner
Programme Director, 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 Annabel de Frece
Programme Director, Sustainable Development
Senior Teaching Fellow, Sustainable Development
Annabel de Frece

Research: development, environment, agriculture, gendered constructions, political economy and culture of food production

Professor Nigel Poole
Professor of International Development Policy
Chairman, Board of Examiners
Nigel Poole

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 5163
  • Email: n.poole@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 475
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11 - 1

Dr Ros Taplin
Programme Director, Environmental Management
Senior Teaching Fellow, Environmental Management
Ros Taplin

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


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

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