Connected PhD


The Doctoral School is pleased to introduce you to the Connected PhD, a co-working initiative for SOAS doctoral researchers through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The need for staying connected and working together is more critical now than ever, and there has been a strong demand from our PGR community for peer-led small-group activities such as reading groups, writing retreats, presentation rehearsals, and methods workshops. However, organising such activities is easier said than done, especially while we are all dispersed and isolated.

This new initiative aims to provide a framework to facilitate such efforts. All doctoral researchers and supervisors are invited to propose sessions, and the Doctoral School will provide support for the session leaders in identifying potential collaborators across SOAS and in preparing and promoting their events.

If you would like to get involved, here are several ways to start.

  • You can find the research interests of your fellow doctoral researchers at SOAS at this linked page: View Colleagues’ Research Interests (login required)
  • If you would like to add your interests to the above database, or amend the ones that you have added earlier, please use this form: Register Your Research Interests (login required)
  • You can also check out the past and current activities listed below on this page to get ideas.
  • If you have an activity to propose, please fill out this form: Propose a Session (login required).

Should you have any questions about the initiative or would like to discuss your ideas for a session, please contact Dr Yenn Lee at in the first instance.

The Research Community Reading List

This is an initiative organised by the Research Students’ Association. Through this crowdsourced list, we hope to bring together the diverse voices that make up SOAS’s research community and share with each other just a few of the ideas and perspectives that guide us. This list is not limited to academic texts; we are looking for recommendations in any media, genre, or form. 

The most important thing is that they invite inquiry and have the potential to challenge our understanding of our research, our communities, our world, or ourselves. If you have a text, film, exhibition, or anything else you just can’t stop thinking about, we’d love to know about it too!

Submissions can be made using this online form. You can contact Charlie Oubridge ( if you have any questions.

2023/24 sessions

PhD Life @ SOAS Podcast

This podcast series showcases the innovative work of doctoral researchers at SOAS, with a special focus on the Global South. Each episode features a conversation with a researcher, delving into their study, doctoral life, and the vibrant academic community at SOAS. The project is in its early stages and welcomes additional support.

If you would like to get involved, please reach out to Mini Saxena (

Past sessions

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