SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Food, Nutrition and Health in Development Members

Research Cluster Convenor

Jane Harrigan and Deborah Johnston

Professor Jane Harrigan
Jane Harrigan
International finance for development and the economic reform programmes associated with IMF and World Bank finance to developing countries; the links between macro-economic policy and agricultural performance in sub-Saharan Africa; the gender dimensions of economic liberalisation and globalisation; and the political economy of economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. Cross-cutting these subject areas are two geographical areas of specialisation, namely sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ghana and Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Professor Deborah Johnston
Deborah Johnston

Analysis and measurement of poverty; the working of rural labour markets; agrarian change and rural development; the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS

Professor Ben Fine
Ben Fine

I have been Professor of Economics at SOAS since 1992, having travelled the short distance from Birkbeck College where I was Professor of Economics, having been a founding member of the Department in 1972.

Professor Nigel Poole
Nigel Poole

Research: Agri-health and nutrition, natural resources and food value chains, poverty reduction.

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  • Room: 475
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11 - 1
Dr Sara Stevano
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Political economy of food, agricultural and food systems, labour markets and informalisation, feminist economics and gender analysis, research methodology (especially mixed research methods), Sub-Saharan Africa (in particular Mozambique).
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  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr Sophie Van Huellen
Research Cluster Member
Research Cluster Member
Sophie Van Hullen

Financial markets, commodity and food prices, commodity futures markets and industries (soft and grain), price risk management, international economics and finance, programme evaluation techniques. Regional interests: Sub-Saharan Africa and West Africa in particular.

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  • Room: 280
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Research Students

Matteo Pinna Pintor
Matteo Pinnar Pinar

An outmigrant from international studies to development economics, I've long been caught between a deep interest in long-run institutional change and a commitment to rigorous consideration of the analytical problems involved.

Mehroosh Tak
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Mehroosh Tak is an applied economist and a doctoral student with the Leverhulme Centre  for Integrated Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CEDEP). Her current work focuses on understanding the linkages between agriculture and nutrition and health. For her doctoral research Mehroosh is exploring how public investments in rural India can be made more nutrition-sensitive and the role of agriculture sector in improving nutrition outcomes. She holds an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS.