SOAS University of London



London International Development Centre

Tackling complex problems of international development

SOAS has played a key role in the London International Development Centre (LIDC) since it was established in 2007 with a grant of £3.7m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). LIDC facilitates interdisciplinary research and training, bringing together social and natural scientists from across the University of London's Bloomsbury Colleges.

LIDC facilitates research collaboration across sectors, such as education and health, or between disciplines, such as sociology and economics. With partner institutions in low and middle income countries, LIDC builds initiatives on such subjects as climate change, HIV/ AIDS, migration, and emerging diseases.

SOAS is a founding partner of LIDC, along with Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College. These specialist institutions have enormous depth of development-related research and training in education, health, agriculture, environment, law and business sectors. Our disciplinary expertise ranges from economics, anthropology, sociology, and history to clinical and veterinary medicine.

SOAS Professor Jeff Waage is the Director of LIDC and SOAS students, staff and alumni make up 40% of the its total membership. SOAS Pro-Director Professor Richard Black is a member of the LIDC Management Group. SOAS professors Alfredo Saad Filho and Bhavani Shankar, together with SOAS Director of Research and Enterprise Tony Doherty, are members of the LIDC Strategy Group.
By fostering interdisciplinary research and training, LIDC extends SOAS’ ability to address complex international development challenges.

Become a member of LIDC

LIDC membership is free and open to all SOAS staff, postgraduate students and alumni along with those of the four other Bloomsbury Colleges (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College).

Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health

This major research initiative involving SOAS was established under a £3.5m grant from the Leverhulme Trust. LCIRAH addresses complex global issues surrounding the need to feed nine billion people healthily by 2050. The initiative draws on SOAS expertise from the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, Development Studies and Economics and from SOAS Centres for Food Studies and African Studies and for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP).

Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

The Global Panel aims to provide global research and policy leadership to maximise the contribution of agriculture and food systems to improve nutrition and health outcomes, particularly of women and children. SOAS’ Professor Jeff Waage, Director of LIDC, is the Panel’s technical advisor. Read more about the Global Panel...

Interdisciplinary Projects funded by LIDC Fellowships

‘Mapping the social context of transitions to injecting drug use and HIV risk in Kenya.’ Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS and Margarita Dimova, SOAS PhD student are collaborating with Dr Andy Guise of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Birkbeck’s Dr Paul Turnbull.

Leveraging Agriculture and Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)

Professor Bhavani Shankar, Dr Nigel Poole and Dr Eliza Cavatorta are part of this international research partnership investigating ways in which agriculture and agri-food systems can be better designed to advance nutrition. They are focused on policies, interventions and strategies that can improve the health of children in South Asia, nearly half of whom are malnourished. Read more about LANSA...