SOAS University of London

Labour, Movements and Development Members

Cluster Convenor

Alessandra Mezzadri

Alessandra Mezzander  

Dr Jens Lerche
Research Cluster Member
Jens Lerche
India; labour, social movements and globalisation; labour and the ILO; labour and caste in India; agrarian political economy.
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  • Room: 295
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Professor Gilbert Achcar
Research Cluster Member
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

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  • Room: 292b
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment via email

Professor Henry Bernstein
Research Cluster Member
Henry Bernstein
East Africa and South Africa; sociology of development; agrarian political economy; social and political theory; food commodity chains; governance and development.
Professor Christopher Cramer
Research Cluster Member
Chris Cramer
Africa: economics of Africa, political economy of development, political economy of war and peace in southern Africa, and the economics of cashew production, processing and trade
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4492
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  • Room: 288
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2021/22)

Dr Thomas Marois
Research Cluster Member
Thomas Marois

Political economist; Public banks; Development banks; Climate finance; Green transitions; Privatisation; Alternative development

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4503
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  • Room: 293
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online:
Dr Paolo Novak
Research Cluster Member
Staff Silhouette

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

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  • Room: 368
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Professor Carlos Oya
Research Cluster Member
Carlos Oya
West Africa, Southern Africa, agrarian political economy; poverty; rural labour; development aid; research methods
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4566
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  • Room: 292a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2.30pm to 4.30pm via link  
Dr Tim Pringle
Research Cluster Member
Tim Pringle

East Asia, labour relations in China and Vietnam, trade union reform in China and Vietnam, labour and social movements in China, labour migration in China.

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  • Room: 260a
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 1-3pm

Dr Matteo Rizzo
Research Cluster Member
Matteo Rizzo

Political economy of development, labour markets and informalisation, agrarian change, urbanisation, privatisation, aid effectiveness, Africa, Tanzania.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4836
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  • Room: 256
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  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 3 (2021/22)

Dr Subir Sinha
Research Cluster Member
Subir Sinha
South Asia; social movements; civil society; the environment; institutions; agrarian questions; Marxist and postcolonial theory; Social theory in Development studies.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4495
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  • Room: 287
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11am - 1pm

Research Students

Dr Mark McQuinn
Research Cluster Member
Mark McQuinn

Lecturer in Development Studies:Issues in International Development Studies, Development in Practice

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  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 14.00-16.00 or by appointment