SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

Research Students

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures


Natalia Matveeva
Natalia Matveeva

Building a new world: North and South Korean economic and political development strategies in the late 1950s - mid-1960s in the context of Cold War in East Asia (working title) 




School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Sandra Sattler
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Cāmuṇḍā’s Glory:Representations of the Fierce Goddess in Puranic Literature and (Temple) Art

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School of History, Religions and Philosophies


Monika Hirmer
Monika Hirmer

Becoming the Goddess: Study of a Contemporary South Indian Tantric Tradition and its Implications for Concepts of Personhood, Gender Relations and Everyday Life





Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)






Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)



Centre for Gender Studies

Haya Al -Noaimi
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‘The Protectors of Our Nation’: Discourses of Protection and the Construction of Masculinities in the Qatari and Emirati Militaries



Erum Nazeer Dahar
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To what extent are Muslim women's organisations in the UK influenced by Islamic feminism and impacted by organisational stigma? (working title)


Alaya Forte
Alaya Forte

New forms of political inclusion or mere tokenism? Reading political representation from a gender and minority perspective in British and French government (working title)




Haje Keli
Haje Keli

An analysis of the gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan – state, society and family violence [working title]


Shreeta Lakhani
Shreeta Lakhani

Gendering Notions of Belonging: Complicating the conceptualisation of the belonging of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) bodies in London (working title)



Eric Rindal
Eric Rindal

Masculinity in Refugee Diaspora: (Re)presentations of Syrian refugee men who have experienced conflict-related sexual violence







Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies




Mikal Woldu
Mikal Woldu

A Cross-national and Inter-generational Investigation of Eritrean Migrants in London and Milan (Working title)



African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section




Cristina Nicolini
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The evolution of communications in HIV / AIDS prevention – Research in South-East Tanzania

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Miriam Pahl
Miriam Pahl

Precarious Lives in the Postcolony – The Concept of the Human in Contemporary African Genre Fiction in English




China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures



Chen Ma
Chen Ma

Negotiating with Ambiguity: The Reconstruction of Ecological Consciousness in post-2000 Chinese Science Fictions




Department of Anthropology and Sociology



Anna Cohen
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Ridley Road and Broadway Market: Food markets, social change, and the construction of community in Hackney’s ‘Urban Village’ (working title)










Lu Qiao
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Chinese Cosmetic Surgery Tourism in Seoul: Body Politics, Transnationalism and Decentralised Centralism






Mikal Woldu
Mikal Woldu

A Cross-national and Inter-generational Investigation of Eritrean Migrants in London and Milan (Working title)




Department of Development Studies

Lord Aikins Adusei
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An Island of Peace in an ocean of turbulence: Understanding the sources of Ghana’s stability and limited economic progress

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Chris Büscher
Chris Büscher

Water and development in a variegated capitalism. Dutch water aid & trade development reproducing and transforming water access in Mozambique


Weiwei Chen
Weiwei Chen

The Dynamics of Chinese Private OFDI in Ethiopia: A Comparison of Light Manufacturing Industry and Construction Materials Industry



Francesco Formichella
Formichella Francesco

The Value of the Global Value Chains: Fragmentation of Production, Vertically-Specialized Industrialization, and Uneven Capitalist Development (working title)

Daniel Fuchs
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Hegemony and Labour Politics in the People's Republic of China. Labour conflicts and hegemonic state strategies in the context of industrial relocation to Western China




Catarina Inverso
Catarina Inverso

From War to Peace as Conflict goes on: Reinventing the state of ignoring it? Assessing the activities of armed groups and trading networks in the border regions of DRC, Uganda and South Sudan (working title)





Claire Marcel
Claire Marcel

What is the relationship between immigration controls, labour market structures and experiences of precarity in different spheres of the lives of migrant workers in the cleaning and agricultural sectors in the UK? (working title)



Roshni Menon
Roshni Menon

Land-pooling for the ‘smart city’ of Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh: Inclusive development or land dispossession in a different guise?



Aruna Pandey
Aruna Pandey

Institutional Models to Resolve Conflicts over Natural Resource Governance: Role of Community Enterprises and Solidarity Economy





Caitlin Sturridge
Caitlin Sturridge

How can changing rural-urban livelihoods build households’ capacity to adapt to growing resource scarcity? A political ecology of mobility and translocality in Laikipia, Kenya (working title).




Aled Williams
Aled Williams

Shaping Room for Manoeuvre: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation as a Forest Policy Choice in Indonesia (working title)

Khadija Yakubu
Khadija Yakubu

GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY IN AFRICAN CITIES: Structures and Practices in Northern Nigeria for Sustainable Development; A Case Study of Kaduna Metropolis.




Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies







Eyad Hamid
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The Idea of the Refugee in the Discourse and Practices of NGOs in the Ottoman Empire (1915-1926): The Near East Relief





Nobuaki Takase
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Mutsu Munemitsu and British Influence on Japanese Modern Nation Building in the Nineteenth Century

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Japan and Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages and Culture



Allan Simpson
Allan Simpson

Locating a Queer Theory in the Context of Contemporary South Korean Literature (with a focus on the novels of Kim Hyena)

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School of Finance and Management




Ahmed Baya
Ahmed Baya

Studies on Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and merger waves : Evidence from USA, Europe and Asia. (Working title).


Edward Buckingham
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Determinants of Chinese Indonesian Entrepreneurship in the Oil Palm Industry

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Kim Bui
Kim Bui

The Role of State-Owned Enterprises in Chinese Cross -Border Mergers and Acquisitions: An Institutional Perspective







Kanji Kitamura
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Toward a Theory of Cultural Untranslatability with Application to Japan, UK and USA Cross-cultural Business Management and Beyond


Mi Li
Mi Li

Exploring power dynamics represented through trust between patients, medical staff and the Chinese healthcare system











Lucy Williams
Lucy Williams

The role of timing in sensemaking in the psychological contract and trust reciprocity process of foreign and British babysitters in the UK




Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Manhal AL DAKHLALLAH
Manhal Al Dakhlallah

The Question of Aesthetics in Literary Translation in view of the Prismatic Translation Theory: An Integrative/Critical Review Analysis of the Arabic Translations of Charles Dickens's Aesthetics-Poetic Style.




Takako Kawabata
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Choice of languages and scripts in the Japanese linguistic landscape (tentative title)

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Haewon Lee
Haewon Lee

Alternative Ways for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in a Globalised World : A multinational project on Vietnamese Lên Đồng ritual performance and the involvement of UNESCO

Robert Laub
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A Comparison of the Portuguese Creoles of Malacca and Macau

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Lin Li
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Flexibility and Constraints in Lexical Meaning Construction in Mandarin Chinese

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Aiko Otsuka
Aiko Otsuka

Pragmatic strategies in face-to-face interactions and emails by Japanese speakers and Japanese Sign Language users: Focus on Japanese Sign Language users' use of Japanese and their perceptions



Martha Tsutsui
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A Documentation and Description of Disappearing Predicates in Southern Amami-Ōshima

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Wen Wang
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A Corpus-based Study of Subjunctivity in Shanghainese (as evidenced in the missionary linguistic and translation works on/in vernacular Shanghainese in the period 1843-1950)

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Lu Xue
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Negation, Prediction and Thought-ascription — A Study of Quasi-logical Terms in Mandarin Chinese



Lingxia Zhou
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Hegemony and Counter-hegemony in Multilingual China: A case study of language policy and campaigns in Shanghai [WORKING TITLE]

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Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


Yaser Almatrfi
Yaser Matir Almatrfi

Transformations in the Attitude of the Ahl al-Ḥadīth School towards the Engagement in Theological Polemics (Al Kalam)

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Ayse Kara
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Istanbul through Moroccan Travellers’ Eyes from 16th to 18th Century: a Comparative Study of Moroccan-Ottoman Travel Writing


Amina Khatun
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Muslim women mystics: The faith stories of contemporary British Muslim women in the transnational Bani Alawiyya Tarīqa of Hadhramawt


Ummugulsum Kurukol
Ummugulsum Kurukol

Riḥla: Interpreting the Islamic city through Muslim Travellers by revisiting the meaning of travel from the medieval period to early modern times.

Seán Pieper
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Assessing the Impact of Greco-Roman Texts on British and German Writers’ Perception of Iran in the Qajar Period





Department of Music






Tom Peterson
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Archives of Sri Lanka's Musical Legacies: The Sindu, Kavi, and Sivupada Song Texts of the Nevill Collection as Refractions of Sri Lanka and its Musical Practices, Past and Present






South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics



South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


Sandra Sattler
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Cāmuṇḍā’s Glory:Representations of the Fierce Goddess in Puranic Literature and (Temple) Art

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School of Arts




School of Law

Noora Al-Saai
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Working title: Nationality and International, Mixed, and Minority Marriages in Qatar and select GCC Jurisdictions: A Sociolegal and Comparative Analysis


Tariq Al-Timimi
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(Working title) The Development of the Maqasid Model in the Modern Era and its utility to the application of Islamic law today



Emad Eddien Hussein
Emad Eddien Hussein

A Critical Assessment of the Legal Framework of International Commercial Arbitration in the Onshore UAE (Towards Certainty and Modernity for an Arbitration- Friendly Jurisdiction)


Manar Idriss
Manar Idriss

Working Title: The Responsibility to Protect: A critical look at the international community’s response to Sudan’s conflicts




Yan-Ho (Eric) Lai
Eric Lai

Working Title: Resilient Professionalism under Authoritarianism: Building Professional Legal Culture and the Rule of Law in Post-colonial Hong Kong

Zainab Lokhandwala
Zainab Lokhandwala

Protecting Indian Farmers’ Biocultural Heritage: Moving Beyond Fragmented and Insufficient Farmers’ Rights to Traditional Knowledge and Access and Benefit Sharing


Roopa Madhav
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Beyond Judicial Veto: Public Trust Doctrine, Administrative Decision Making and Implementation of Mining Related Laws




Will Odogwu
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Comparing Formal Legal Discourse across Sites of Global Adjudication of Investment Disputes: the Variable Significance of ‘General Principles of Law’ Rhetoric in the International Court, International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Treaty Arbitration.

Rana Osman
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Fatāwā and the Development of a Political Justice in Islam: Between Contemporary Institutionalised Iftāʾ and Independent Scholars’ Organization



Micha Wiebusch
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The Emerging Normative Framework of the African Union on Constitutionalism – The Legal Process and the Contribution to Peace, Security and Democratic State Building




Department of Politics and International Studies



Leda Betti
Leda Betti

Making Cars, Remaking People: the Italian State and the Rescaling of Class Relations in the Fiat-Chrysler Case






Guy Robert Eyre
Guy Eyre

Understanding everyday North Africans' ideas about halal and haram lifestyles: an ethnographic study of grassroots Muslim educational and Quranic reading circles (tajwid) in Algeria and Morocco.



Jack Joy
Jack Joy

The Spectacle of Resistance: Repertoires of Power in the Discourse of Hizbullah [working title]










Ibrahim Nyei
Ibrahim Nyei

Decentralisation reforms and the implications for power and authority relations in a centralised unitary state. A study of decentralisation reforms in Liberia


Salman Rafi
Salman Rafi Sheikh

Intra-Ethnic Fragmentation and the Politics of De-centralising Constitutional Change in Pakistan: A Comparative Study




Daniel Thumpston
Daniel Thumpston

Legitimacy in China’s foreign policy: Reception of the "Belt and Road Initiative" in the European Union, 2013-2020 (working title)


Daniel Songjun Yu
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The Status of Ideology in Post-Cold War China-North Korea Relations

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Shenghua Zhang
Shenghua Zhang

Populism, Representational Crisis, and Party Organisational Development in Thailand: The Persistence of Pro-Thaksin Parties since 2001





Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies



Monika Hirmer
Monika Hirmer

Becoming the Goddess: Study of a Contemporary South Indian Tantric Tradition and its Implications for Concepts of Personhood, Gender Relations and Everyday Life


Keith Jarrett
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[working title] Led By the Spirit: Navigating the fragments of ‘Oneness’ Pentecostalism in London’s migrant Caribbean congregations









Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Annwen E Bates
Annwen Bates

(The Buchu Edit: Representations of Africa and residues of empire in the wellness and wellbeing industry with special reference to the Cape of Good Hope)




Jasdip Singh Dhillon
Jasdip Singh Dhillon

Changes beyond the surface: Tracking the relationship between paper-making and human change in the Indus river basin region from 1000-1947 through a study of historical paper specimens


Ai Fukunaga
Ai Fukunaga

A Different Type of Tea? British Collecting of Ceramics for Tea gatherings from Meiji Japan: the British Museum and Maidstone Museum Collections



Udomluck Hoontrakul
Udomluck Hoontrakul

The Development of Political Economy and Social Formation of the Marginal Polities on the Salween River Basin, Northwestern Thailand During the first millennium CE to the mid-second millennium CE


Yijin Kim
Yijin Kim

Art for the people and democracy: Socio-political Art Movements in Japan from the 1920s to the early 1930s

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Pipad Krajaejun
Pipad Krajaejun

Deconstructing the Historical Metanarrative of Thai Art and Archaeology: The Emergence of Artistic Styles in the Pre-Ayutthaya Period, or ‘Uthong Art,’ during the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries



Vera Mey
Vera Mey

Signs of a region: in search of the aesthetic imagination of Southeast Asia after 1948 (working title)


Maeve Nolan
Maeve Nolan

Early Silk Road photography: A case study of how and why Dr. Maynard Owen Williams, Litt. D. (1888-1963) photographed the Silk Road during the Citroen-Haardt Trans-Asiatic Expedition (1931-1932)




Elizabeth Reid
Elizabeth Reid

An investigation into the meaning and significance of the exhibitions of Chinese art at the Whitechapel Art Gallery between 1901 and 1934

Jess SON
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Visual Representations of the Korean Nation State in the 1880s-1910s

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Saw Tun Lin
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The significance of glazed ceramics in the economic life and trade networks of the Buddhist kingdoms of Myanmar in the 14th to 18th century

Nicole Valentova
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Art as a Tool: Comparative Study of the Centralisation and Manipulation of the Art Scene in Japan in the 1900s and in Korea in the 1920s


Yuet Heng (Janet) Wong
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The Public Disseminations of Chao Shao-an (1905-1998)’s Art and the Construction of Geographical Identities among Cantonese communities across Asia-Pacific, c. 1950s-2010s.





Centre for English Studies





Department of Economics

Matteo Giordano
Matteo Giordano

Capital flows and financial integration in a monetary union for a (semi)peripheral member: European capital in Italy from 1980s. A Dependency Approach to Monetary Integration (working title)


Julian Boys
Julian Boys

Industrialisation through regionalism? Policy space, industrial policy and upgrading in the East African Community textiles and apparel sector




Di Fang
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China as a late developer: its systematic change in the global context of the long cycles of capitalism


Julian Manuel Goetz
Julian Goetz

The Labour Dynamics in Tanzania‘s Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Sector: A Pathway Towards Sustainable Poverty Reduction? (Working Title)




Fatemeh Noorbakhsh
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Roots of Banking Problems in Iranian Banking System; Considering Oil Price Shock and Islamic Banking Law

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María José Romero
Maria Jose Romero Duarte

Re-examining public-private partnerships (PPPs) across health and education - How global policy making processes articulate with the domestic policy sphere in Peru and Uganda (working title)