Our Head of Department says:
A very warm welcome to the students who are joining us for the first time, and to our returning students!
It has been a difficult couple of years and I'd like to congratulate everyone on their tenacity and for prioritising their studies, despite the challenges; most people will have had exams disrupted, many will have had to deal with isolation and loss. We need, more than ever, to come together as a community online and on-campus and support each other in our learning, teaching and professional development. Covid-19 has changed the way we work and study. As we prepare for our September 2021 in-take, we are planning ways to welcome and support students as they arrive at – or return to – campus.
SOAS is open! Please check all the latest Covid advice on our Covid-19 Information pages. We remain attentive to changes in government guidance with regard to the pandemic; we are planning to deliver lectures online and will be holding most seminars on campus so that students have a chance to meet each other and their lecturers. We will also be returning to a fuller campus experience, including access to library resources, study spaces and student services. The health of our students and staff is extremely important and we will be implementing appropriate measures to minimise the risks of Covid transmission.
We'd like to invite you to get to know some of the research in our department.
Professor Jonathan Goodhand leads the team investigating how to build sustainable economies in the aftermath of war. His research team look particularly into illicit economies, and their work on Drugs and (Dis)order.
Professor Laura Hammond heads up the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team (LIDC-MLT), which has partners around the world. Discover output including blogs and a twitter-feed.
Several colleagues have recent books:
·Dr Althea-Maria Rivas' book Security, Development, and Violence in Afghanistan: Everyday Stories of Intervention presents her research into people's lived experience of interventions in Afghanistan, highlighting the diversity, relationships, and interdependence of external actors and Afghan communities.
·My book, Cultural Resistance from Below. Power and Escape through Capoeira, was also published last year, and is accessible as a series of vlogs.
We appreciate that everyone will have questions about university life in the coming months. If you have questions about your programme, please contact your Programme Convenor: you can find out who your convenor is by following the link to your programme on the Development Studies Degree Programmes webpage (scroll down to find the convenor). They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your forthcoming studies, and can advise on optional modules as well as core modules.
If you have any questions about the enrolment process, new students please visit this webpage; returning students should look at Re-enrolment for Returning Students. If you have any problems with enrolment, please let the programme convenor or our student support team at email@example.com know.
Information about term dates, reading weeks and so on can be found on Term Dates. You can find information about what days lectures will take place via the Timetable 2021-2.
Otherwise, see you – online or on-campus – in late September!