LIDC and SOAS
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).