U4 Senior Advisor
Social scientist with a background in Development Studies and South Asian studies.
Saul has extended fieldwork experience from India, Nepal, China and Mongolia, where his primary research has been social relations and power dynamics. His current research interests include the role people's movements and civil society organisations play in holding power to account, primarily in countries and regions characterised by weak social and governance structures, and the role of youth in strengthening CSOs.
He has published widely on a variety of topics such as tax evasion and embezzlement, human trafficking, slavery, immigration, and ethnicity and indigenous rights. This includes a book Opening the Hidden Land (2011, Brill), which charts state formation processes and social relations in the multi-ethnic North Indian State of Sikkim. In addition to academic research roles at the University of Oxford and École pratique des hautes études (Paris), he has worked as a consultant for the Sikkim State Government (India), and has had consultant and advisory roles in the Development and NGO sector with a focus on youth and civil society. Saul holds a doctorate and masters from the University of Oxford in South and Inner-Asian/Oriental Studies in addition to a BA in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).