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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4505
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  • Room: 295
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 12-2pm, by appt:
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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
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  • Room: 292b
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5pm

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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11am-1pm

Dr Adam Hanieh
Research Cluster Member
Adam Hanieh

Political economy of labour migration, class and capitalism in the Middle East. With a focus on the the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Palestine, and the dynamics of regional accumulation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
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  • Room: 4419
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Dr Thomas Marois
Research Cluster Member
Thomas Marois

Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4503
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  • Room: 293
  • Academic Support Hours: Bookable online here:
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 (2019/20)

Dr Paolo Novak
Research Cluster Member
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
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  • Room: 368
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2.30pm - 4.30pm
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 11am-1pm or via
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 (2019/20)

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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4678
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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
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment:

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

Convenor of the Aid and Development unit on the MSc in Development Studies. Aid policies and practices, role of foreign and indigenous civil society organisations in Africa, issues affecting informal sector workers. Doctoral research on trade unions and NGOs in Tanzania, published as Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania. Currently researching the influence of trade unions on labour practices in Sierra Leone and Tanzania and working on a project to build a database on labour issues for use by African labour organisations. Also researching Chinese aid policies and practices. Worked in the aid sector and on political economy issues in the Sudan and Bulgaria.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4818
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  • Room: F101
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2.00-4.00pm