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SOAS Department of Development Studies News 

April 2016
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The SOAS Department of Development Studies is now ranked 6th in the UK and 11th in the world among Development Studies departments (4th in terms of REF-submitting Development Studies departments) by the QS World University Rankings. This is up from 7th in the UK and 13th in the world last year. 
Upcoming events
On 4 May 2016 SOAS and Rainforest Foundation UK will hold a joint event titled "Parks, People and Rights: Towards Sustainable Conservation in Africa". Speakers from the Rainforest Foundation UK, Centre for Environment and Development in Cameroon, WWF Africa, SOAS and University of Sheffield will launch a new report on the Congo Basin. 

View all upcoming SOAS Development Studies events. 
Outside SOAS, the Department's Guy Standing will give a keynote address titled “The Precariat: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay” at Manchester Metropolitan University Institute for Humanities and Social Science Research on 27 April.

Laura Hammond will give the Birkbeck Annual Development Studies Lecture for 2016 in a talk entitled "Untangling a Thorny Knot: Migration and Development in the Horn of Africa" on 12 May. 
Study at SOAS
Our new BA programme and MSc programme videos give an insight into what it's like to study development at SOAS. There are also new webinars on the Department's BA programmes (plus a sample lecture on the root causes of forced migration) and Masters programmes.
New research funding
Laura Hammond will assume leadership of a €4 million, 30 month project with the European Commission to lead a Research and Evidence Facility supporting the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Stability and Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration and Displaced Persons in the Horn of Africa. SOAS will lead the project, and will work together with the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford (Dr. Oliver Bakewell, Key Expert for Migration and Development) and Sahan Research (Mr Vincent Chordi, SOAS VCD MSc alumnus, Key Expert for Conflict and Governance). This is the largest enterprise contract won through the SOAS Research and Enterprise Office since it was established in 2010. 


Rosaleen Duffy has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant of €1.8 million. The project, "Biodiversity and Security: Understanding Environmental Crime, Illegal Wildlife Trade and Threat Finance", will run from 2016-2020.

Christopher Cramer has received €80,000 funding from the AFD for a project on industrial policy for agricultural and agro-industrial exports in Ethiopia (also including Jonathan Di John). The research, led by SOAS in collaboration with Ethiopian Development Research Institute, will focus on herbs and horticultural exports with a view to generating policy-relevant findings to support the country's second Growth and Transformation Plan.
Recent highlights
The special SOAS Department of Development Studies and Bloomsbury DTC for the Social Sciences seminar series for 2015/2016 featured major lectures by: Peter Mollinga gave a SOAS inaugural lecture titled "Downstream of the Dam: Farmers, Pipelines and Capitalist Development in the Sardar Sarovar Project".

Giorgos Kallis, leading expert on political ecology, degrowth and ecological economics, gave three public lectures as part of a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at SOAS titled "Political Ecological Economics", "Water, Power and Growth" and "Limits Without Scarcity: Why Malthus was Wrong".  He also organised two one day workshops with Rosaleen Duffy on "The Commons" and on "Political Ecology of Extractivism" and taught on the MSc in Environment, Politics and Development.
Diane Abbott, the UK’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, gave a major public lecture at SOAS entitled "Why Overseas Development has to Move from Charity to Empowerment" on 21 April 2016. She used the speech to outline her key priorities as Shadow Development Secretary.
Guy Standing gave a speech titled "Rentier Capitalism: Taskers in the Precariat" at the Digital Transformations of Work conference, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and a speech entitled "The Global Precariat: Why National Basic Incomes Make Sense” to a seminar on Basic Income in the Globalised World, organised by KELA, Helsinki.

Subir Sinha gave the keynote address at the Warwick International Development Forum on "The Return of Authoritarianism in Developing Countries".
New academic work published so far in 2016 has included:  
All research published by the Department’s staff can be accessed through SOAS Research Online.
Development blogs
Recent posts to our Departmental blog have included: The Department's Labour, Social Movements and Development MSc programme also has its own blog, focused on themes connected to social change and the working poor in developing countries.
In the media

The new SOAS Political Ecology of Environment and Development (SEED) research group affiliated with the European political ecology network (POLLEN) in March. SEED asks big questions about the role of the current social, political and economic order in producing environmental challenges. 

Thomas Marois participated in a two-day 'New Politics Project (NPP)' workshop organised by the Transnational Institute in February. The NPP brings together academics, activists, practitioners, and policymakers to address the new challenges posed by current economic, political and environmental crises. 

A new partnership between the SOAS Department of Development Studies and the Gate Theatre, London, has started with a workshop to exchange ideas and experiences between academics and artists.
Student and alumni news
Development Studies MSc student Pankhuri Agarwal has won the 2016 Hart Prize for Human Rights for her documentary film "Freedom Matters” on human trafficking.

Liberian author and academic, Robtel Neajai Pailey (PhD, 2015), has been starting a national conversation about corruption in the country through her children’s book Gbagba.
Emma Melissa Saville (MSc Violence, Conflict and Development, 2014), recently published the book Human Trafficking as a Weapon of War: Sudan a Case Study.
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