Research in the Economics Department
The SOAS Department of Economics is a leading centre for economic research with a specialisation in the study of developing and emerging economies. It has a vibrant research culture by staff working in a plethora of issues, covering an unparalleled range of countries and regions. The Department's research is centred around five research clusters:
- Industrial Development and Policy
- Money and Finance
- Food, Nutrition and Health in Development
- Feminist Political Economy and Development
- International Financial Institutions and Development
Our working papers show the range and impact of research in our Department.
The SOAS Department of Economics' strengths are recognised internationally and, as a consequence, it has received large amounts of funding for its research activities from a large number of organisations. Major research grants that academics in the Department have attracted recently include:
- Research on China's Financial System towards Sustainable Growth: The Role of Innovation, Diversity and Financial Regulation (ESCR and NSFC, 2017 - 2020)
- Dynamics of Gender Inequality in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (ESCR, 2017 - 2018)
- Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme (DFID, 2016 - 2021)
- Modelling the Predictive Macro-impacts of International Financial Conditions: The case of China (Beijing Cairncross Economic Research Foundation, 2016 - 2018)
- HAPFAM: Healthy and affordable Protein Rich Foods for African Markets (Danish Council for Strategic Research, 2015 - 2018)
- FESSUD: Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development (EU FP7, 2011 - 2016)
- A Systematic Review of the Impact of Social Protection Schemes on Food and Nutrition Security (LIDC, 2014 - 2016)
- Women's Time Use, Food Consumption and Nutrition (International Food Policy Research Institute, 2014 - 2015)
Department staff have assumed high-profile advisory roles for international organisations such as various UN organisations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and numerous governments and central banks worldwide.
Department staff played a major role in the funding of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), a pluralistic forum for all progressive brands of political economy, the Research on Money and Finance (RMF) network, an association of political economists who engage in analytical work on the development of the monetary and the financial system, and the Japan Economy Network (JEN).