SOAS University of London

Research and Enterprise Directorate

Research and Enterprise activities are central to SOAS’ mission.  Not only do they enhance teaching and learning, they are also a crucial part of the services that we provide to the world around us. Research establishes new knowledge which extends the frontiers of human understanding and informs and sharpens scholarly debate.  When this knowledge is transferred externally it shapes the policy and practice of governments, businesses, NGOs and informs the wider community.    

The Research and Enterprise Directorate (RED) at SOAS works across the School to secure external funding and income, to support research excellence and to facilitate knowledge transfer. Read more about the work of the directorate in our brochure Research and Enterprise brochure (pdf; 5mb)  .

The REO provides the following services


The Research Office identifies funding opportunities and supports SOAS academics applying for research grants, ensuring effective management of awards.

Regional Centres & Institutes

The REO supports eight Regional Institutes and Centres which bring together world renowned inter-disciplinary expertise.


The SOAS Journals team edits and publishes internationally esteemed journals including the China Quarterly and the Journal of African Law.


The Enterprise Office offers bespoke training and consultancy services for a range of organisations in business, government and the not for profit sector.


The Impact Officer helps academics with user engagement, supporting novel research with internal funding and working together on REF 2021.

Academic Events

The Centres & Institutes Office help create bespoke academic events from inception to delivery all of which are designed to engage with an external community, locally and beyond.