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The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies actively engages in the publication and dissemination of cutting-edge research aiming to further understandings of the societies, economies, and political developments in Asian countries and the region as a whole. In particular, the Centre supports and hosts a number of journals and an online platform targeting diverse audiences, including academics, policymakers, civil society actors, and the general public.

Asia in Focus

Asia in Focus is a peer-reviewed journal published online twice a year by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. The journal covers research on contemporary Asian societies in social sciences and humanities, with a geographical focus is Central Asia to Oceania excluding Australia and New Zealand.

Asia in Focus was initiated to provide Masters and PhD students with a widely accessible and transnational forum to publish their findings. The journal accepts submissions (academic articles, academic essays, book reviews) from students from all European institutions of higher education.

We publish high-quality academic manuscripts that are written in a concise, focused, and readable form. 


The Made in China Journal

The Made in China Journal (MIC) is an Open Access biannual publication dedicated to all facets of politics and society in mainland China and the Sinophone world at large.

MIC first began in 2012 as a monthly newsletter aimed at spreading awareness of labour issues in China among Italian trade union officials. In 2016, as the editorial board grew to include more activists and early-career researchers, the newsletters were reimagined as a proper journal with the current broader focus. From that point on, the project quickly developed in previously unforeseen directions, including not only the journal, but also book series, summer schools, interactive maps, and documentaries.

MIC and all its spin-off projects rest on two pillars: the conviction that today more than ever it is necessary to bridge the gap between the scholarly community and the general public, and the related belief that open access is necessary to ethically reappropriate academic research from commercial publishers who restrict the free circulation of ideas.

The journal that you see today is published in partnership with ANU Press.


The People’s Map of Global China

The People’s Map of Global China tracks China’s complex and rapidly changing international activities by engaging an equally global civil society. Using an interactive, open access, and online ‘map’ format, we collaborate with nongovernmental organisations, journalists, trade unions, academics, and the public at large to provide updated and updatable information on various dimensions of Global China in their localities. The Map consists of profiles of countries and projects, sortable by project parameters, Chinese companies and banks involved, and their social, political, and environmental impacts. This bottom-up, collaborative initiative seeks to provide a platform for the articulation of local voices often marginalised by political and business elites.


Global China Pulse

To accompany the Map, we also publish the Global China Pulse (GCP), a biannual publication that focuses on China’s international engagements in their various manifestations. Alongside the informational infrastructure the Map provides, GCP offers a new space to publish content in a variety of styles and, possibly, experiment with different approaches and formats.