SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Development Expertise

Name/Title Area of Expertise
Alessandra Mezzadri
Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
International trade, global commodity chains; production networks and industrial systems; informality and processes of labour informalisation; inequality and social structures of oppression; gender, feminisms and reproduction; the political economy of the garment industry; the political economy of India
Anna Larson
Research Associate, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus
Democratisation in Afghanistan and other conflict-affected states, with a particular focus on gender and democratic institutions (elections, political parties and the legislature). Recently this has included work on the impact of Afghanistan's reserved seats system for women, the way elections shape and are shaped by local political landscapes, the internal dynamics of Afghan national assembly, political party institutionalisation and women's role in parties over time
Bhavani Shankar
Professor of International Food, Agriculture and Health, Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
Analysis of economic drivers of over- and under-nutrition, nutrition transition, dietary policy evaluation, impact assessment and the role of agriculture in enabling better nutrition and health
Feyzi Ismail
Senior Teaching Fellow
NGOs and social movements, politics and development in Nepal and South Asia, global protest and change, alternatives to neoliberalism and imperialism
Jens Lerche
Reader in Agrarian and Labour Studies
India; labour, social movements and globalisation; labour and the ILO; labour and caste in India; agrarian political economy
Jonathan Goodhand
Professor in Conflict and Development Studies
South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
Navtej K Purewal
Reader in Political Sociology and Development Studies and Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute
Purewal’s interests fall within two areas, both with a distinctive Punjab (India and Pakistan) focus. The first is on feminist scholarship and gender in South Asia, including female feticide and routes and barriers to girls’ education. The second area is the sociology of religion. Purewal was the principal investigator on a large project under the Religion and Society programme (AHRC and ESRC) on popular religious practices and contemporary transgressions of religious boundaries in South Asia focusing specifically on the region of Punjab across India and Pakistan
Nigel Poole
Professor of International Development Policy, Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
Agri-health and nutrition, natural resources and food value chains, poverty reduction
Paolo Novak
Lecturer in Development Studies
Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs
Peter P Mollinga
Professor of Development Studies
South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory
Richard Axelby
Research Associate, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Natural resource use; citizenship and identity, and the politics of development
Subir Sinha
Senior Lecturer in Institutions and Development
South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use