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The research at the Centre focuses on international relations, economic development, civil society and political issues, as well as digital transformations. Building upon strengths in these fields, the Centre is a hub for students and researchers at Lund University interested in the region. It is also integrated into a large network of scholars and institutions in Asia and elsewhere.

Individual research projects at the Centre currently cover topics such as domestic politics in Cambodia, citizenship issues in Myanmar, economic developments in China, Chinese migration to Ghana, China’s digital society, and Japan’s foreign policy.

The Centre's research agenda addresses three interlinked interdisciplinary themes:

Digital transformations

Building on the Digital China project (funded by the Swedish Research Council and hosted at the Centre from 2013 to 2018) the Centre aims to consolidate its position as a leading research institution in the field while also expanding its research focus to address developments in other countries in East and South-East Asia.

Human rights, civil society and political developments

The Centre's research addresses civil society developments and political issues in selected countries in the region. It also focuses on human rights issues, such as freedom of speech, labour rights, citizenship rights, minority rights and academic freedom. 

Global challenges and international relations

The Centre's research addresses the region’s importance for global economic development and geopolitics, as well as underlying tensions and conflicts. This also includes issues such as food, sustainability and environmental issues.


  • The Centre is committed to promoting a strong research environment with the aim to become a leading institution in Europe.
  • The Centre serves as a meeting place for scholars at Lund University with an interest in East and South-East Asia and collaborates in developing joint research projects.
  • The Centre engages in collaboration with scholars at other universities through, for example, joint research projects and also welcomes visiting scholars.
  • The Centre organises lectures, seminars, workshops and film screenings in order to disseminate research and engage on topical issues.