SOAS University of London

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

School of Interdisciplinary Studies Staff

Head of School

Dr Dina Matar

Dr Dina Matar
Research Coordinator
Head of School
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, international political communication; media and conflict; critical global media studies; activism and media; social movements; memory studies and oral history; diasporas and ethnic minorities.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4696
  • Email:
  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
Dr Awino Okech
Learning & Teaching Director
Awino Okech

Africa - Critical gender theory on sexuality, queer politics, security and violent extremism, gender in nation and state making, social movements.
Qualitative research methods and feminist research methodology 

  • Email:
  • Room: 4403
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only

Professor Bhavani Shankar
Research Director
Bhavani Shankar

Research: Analysis of economic drivers of over- and under-nutrition, nutrition transition, dietary policy evaluation, sustainable nutrition and the role of agriculture in enabling better nutrition and health.

Dr Matti Pohjonen
Student Experience Director
Matti Pohjonen

East Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia; critical theory; digital anthropology; digital methods; social media and conflict; online extremism and hate speech; big data and artificial intelligence.

Dr Gina Heathcote
Doctoral Studies Director
Gina Heathcote

International feminist legal theories; International Law especially laws on the use of force; collective security; political and legal theories; law of the sea; gender and conflict

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4367
  • Email:
  • Room: S335
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 9:30- 11:30
Dr Dan Plesch
Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing Director
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email:
  • Room: 4417
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment