SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Interim Director:

Edward Simpson  

Edward Simpson is Director of the SOAS South Asia Institute and Professor and Head of Social Anthropology. He has conducted extensive field research in Gujarat in India and has written about natural disasters in the region. His current research focuses on road infrastructure development across the South Asia region. Under his direction, the SSAI has been working to promote SOAS in the UK and overseas, with a particular focus on strategic research and teaching partnerships in South Asia. You can read more about him here.



Welcome to the Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Welcome to the CSP

The Centre for the Study of Pakistan's purposes are to:

  1. promote research and teaching in the study of Pakistan, both contemporary and historical, across a range of disciplines at SOAS
  2. bring together and publicise the range of work on Pakistan underway at SOAS, to build synergies between staff working on Pakistan and to encourage and facilitate fund raising for such initiatives
  3. work towards developing an interdisciplinary MA programme in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan
  4. foster and facilitate links between SOAS and other individuals and institutions in the UK and abroad who are engaged in academic study of Pakistan across various disciplines
  5. develop outreach programmes to disseminate knowledge of Pakistan to a wider public through a variety of events including workshops, conferences, exhibitions, film and performance arts
  6. promote understanding of Pakistan in all its aspects to involve Pakistan communities and diasporic groups and to organise joint events, as and when appropriate.

Constitution for the Study of Pakistan

Academic Staff

Academic and staff from all the disciplines represented at the School, are members of the Centre.

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