SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

Doctoral School Staff

Head of Doctoral School

Professor Alfredo Saad Filho

Queries regarding the application process for PhD programmes and the Visiting Research Student (VRS) scheme should be sent to

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Professor Alfredo Saad Filho
Head of the Doctoral School
Alfredo Saad-Filho
Latin America; political economy of development; industrial policy; pro-poor economic policy; neoliberalism; value theory
  • Tel: 020 7898 4504
  • Email:
  • Room: 294
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 12 noon - 1pm
Dr Paul O'Connell
Associate Director of Research (Social Sciences)
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Public Law, Human Rights (particularly Socio-Economic Rights), Legal Theory, Comparative Law and International Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4712
  • Email:
  • Room: S236
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 14.00 – 16.00

Dr Marloes Janson
Associate Director of Research (Humanities & Languages)
Marloes Janson

Anthropology of religion, religious reform (Islam and Pentecostalism), transnational religious networks (Tabligh Jamaʻat), faith-based development, urban anthropology, popular culture, gender, youth, West Africa (the Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria)

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4345
  • Email:
  • Room: 502
  • Academic Support Hours: Usually Wednesdays 10.30-12.30

Dr Yenn Lee
Doctoral Training Advisor
Yenn Lee

Doctoral researcher development

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4982
  • Email:
  • Room: GS303
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday to Friday (Email for an appointment)

Kathy Williams
Kathy Williams

Departments: Arts and Doctoral School.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4641
  • Email:
  • Room: SL57
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday