SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

SOAS Political Ecology of Environment and Development (SEED) Members

Cluster Convenor
Dr Andrew Newsham

Professor Philippe Cullet
Philippe Cullet
International and domestic law and policy concerning the environment, natural resources, water, sanitation, agriculture, sustainable development, climate change, health; social rights; intellectual property; India.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4651
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  • Room: S338
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00
Dr Harald Heubaum
Harald Haubaum

Energy and climate policy in Europe, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; institutional change and innovation in global energy, climate and financial governance; data for climate and sustainable finance; decarbonisation of transport; low-carbon cities, resilient infrastructure and urban resource management; public policy

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4362
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  • Room: 4431
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Dr Feja Lesniewska
Feja Lesniewska

Climate change and energy law, sustainable development, ecosystems law and governance (forests, land, water), smart energy technologies, cryptocurrencies and transnational environmental law.

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  • Room: S233
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 16.30 - 18.00

Professor Peter P Mollinga
Peter Mollinga
South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4631
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  • Room: 4415
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 and 3 (18/19)
Dr Andrew Newsham
Andrew Newsham

Research: Vulnerability to climate impacts, climate change adaptation and locally held knowledge, the political economy of climate-compatible development, knowing and deciding for conservation and development.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4884
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  • Room: 255
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment:
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3 (2019/20)

Mr Birsha Ohdedar
Birsha Ohdedar

Climate Change, Water, International Law, Human Rights

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  • Room: S225
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 16.00 - 17.00 (Term 2 only)

Dr Subir Sinha
Subir Sinha
South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4495
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  • Room: 287
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon. 11 - 1
Dr Frauke Urban
Frauke Urban
Research: low carbon energy transitions, energy policy, climate policy, innovation for sustainability, sustainable development

Dr Leandro Vergara-Camus
Leandro Vergara-Camus

Political economy of Latin America, social and peasant movements, alter-globalisation movements and social change, alternative development, agrarian issues, and bio-fuels and energy politics.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4228
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  • Room: 260
  • Academic Support Hours: Weds 10-12 (by appointment),
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2019/20)
Dr Maria J Beltran
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María J. Beltrán is Adjunct Professor at the Economics Department, Pablo de Olavide University and is currently a visiting research scholar at SOAS London. She has worked for the French National Center for Scientific Research on the TERRE-EAU Project as a Research Engineer and for the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE Project) as a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her research focuses on water ecological economics, critical water studies and political ecology. She is co-author of academics articles published in Water Resources Management, International Journal of Water Resources Development and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (forthcoming).

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