SOAS University of London


Our expertise is rooted in the political, social, economic, historical and cultural dynamics of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and their diasporas, which collectively account for over three-quarters of the world’s population. Our internationalism and our commitment to justice, diversity, equality and the highest ethical standards infuse all that we do.

Here are just some of the research projects currently running at SOAS.

Global Research Network on Parliaments & People

The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP) enables researchers, artists and activists to examine and imagine what democratic politics might look like in a more engaged, inclusive political world. It is led by Professor Emma Crewe and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund. 

drugs & (dis)order

drugs & (dis)order, led by SOAS Professor Jonathan Goodhand, is a Global Challenges Research Fund project which draws on the knowledge and expertise of SOAS and other institutions in Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar and the UK to help transform debates, practices, and policies relating to drugs and development in conflict affected and post-conflict states. 


[Re:]Entanglements is the website of a project entitled 'Museum Affordances', funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is re-engaging with a remarkable ethnographic archive assembled by the colonial anthropologist N. W. Thomas in Southern Africa and Sierra Leone between 1909 and 1915. The project is being led by Paul Basu at SOAS and involves a growing number of partnerships in the UK, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and beyond. 

Latest Research at SOAS

Anti-Corruption Evidence Consortium

The DFID-funded Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) research consortium, led by SOAS Professor Mushtaq Khan and a team of SOAS researchers, takes an innovative approach to anti-corruption policy and practice. With £6 million in funding over five years, ACE is responding to the serious challenges facing people and economies affected by corruption. 

Multilingual Locals & Significant Geographies

Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: For a New Approach to World Literature explores the numerous, often fractured, and non-overlapping worlds of literature and studies world literature from the perspective of multilingual societies. MULOSIGE is a European Research Council-funded research project led by SOAS Professor Francesca Orsini. 

The Multimedia Yasna Project

The Multimedia Yasna Project is based at SOAS and funded by the European Research Council with an Advanced Investigator Grant. This multi-disciplinary, international project has as its focus the Yasna - the core ritual of the Zoroastrian religion. It is headed by SOAS Professor Almut Hintze and includes an international team of researchers in the UK, Germany, India and Iran. 

Highlighted SOAS Blogs

Development Studies at SOAS Blog

The Department of Development Studies examines regional development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and Latin America. 

Centre for Global Media and Communication Blog

The Centre for Global Media and Communication contributes to ongoing debates around decolonising global media studies. 

London Middle East Institute Blog

The London Middle East Institute fosters scholarly and public interest in the MENA region.

Endangered Languages Archive Blog

The Endangered Languages Archive is a digital repository preserving and publishing endangered language documentation materials from around the world.

Decolonising SOAS Blog

The 'Decolonising SOAS' project reexamines what we teach and how we teach.