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 year and I'd like to congratulate everyone on their tenacity; 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 and support each other in our learning, teaching and professional development. Covid-19 has changed the way we work and study. We are preparing for our September 2020 in-take, and planning to support students through the challenges to their studies that the pandemic has caused.
SOAS is open! Please check all the latest Covid advice on our Covid-19 Information pages. All our teaching for term one, starting in September, will be available online. For those who come to London, we will be offering a campus experience, including access to library resources and student services, in accordance with government guidelines on social distancing.
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 can be found here.
Professor Laura Hammond heads up the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team (LIDC-MLT), which has partners around the world. Their outputs, including blogs and a twitter-feed can be found here.
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 here.
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 here. If you have any problems with enrolment, please let the programme convenor or our student support team (email@example.com) know.
Otherwise, see you – online or on-campus – in late September!