The Vi network today welcomed its first member from the United Kingdom, the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (SOAS).

The idea of SOAS becoming a Vi member was born in discussions with our former UNCTAD colleague, Alfredo Saad Filho, who, after great contributions to the organization’s research on South-South cooperation, decided to go back to his academic roots, and returned to SOAS at the end of last year. He introduced the idea to the management of the school, and was the driving force behind SOAS's Vi application and membership.

The Vi will cooperate with the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences which is home to one of the largest concentrations of social science expertise relating to the developing world in the UK. Its staff frequently advise governments in different countries and work with non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations The Faculty offers undergraduate, graduate and MPhil/PhD programmes in areas such as development economics; development studies; economics; environment and development economics; finance and development; global energy and climate policy; globalization and development; globalization and multinational corporations; migration, mobility and development; and political economy of development.

The Faculty's research aims to combine regional knowledge and expertise with global issues in economics, political economy and law, with emphasis on interdisciplinarity and cultural understanding.  A special feature is the orientation of its work towards political economy and heterodox approaches to economics. Research of the Department of Development Studies is centred around globalization and neoliberalism, migration and mobility, agrarian change, and labour markets. The focus of the Department of Economics is on the economics of development and growth.
Alfredo Saad Filho has agreed to act as a coordinator of Vi's cooperation with SOAS. Holder of a PhD in economics, he currently works as professor of political economy at SOAS's Department of Development Studies. He is responsible for or contributes to courses on political economy of development, economic development, and neoliberalism. His research interests include the political economy of development, industrial policy, inflation and stabilization, and the political economy of democracy.
SOAS is interested in cooperating with the Vi and its members in the areas of teaching material development, research and academic exchanges.
For more information, visit SOAS's university profile on the Vi website.