Research environments at UCPH – University of Copenhagen

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Asia research environments and networks at UCPH, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) - a cross-faculty priority area for research and education on Asia based at the Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences. ADI also coordinates the implementation of the pan university action plan on China.

  • Asian Section, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
    Research covering the entire Asian region, from China to the north, India to the west, Indonesia to the south, and Japan to the east. The research includes: Asia and the world, contemporary Asia, Asia's history, culture and society, and literature.

  • Centre for Military Studies - China network
    The network project China Security Policy Network involves research institutions in Denmark for research and research-related activities within China's security and defence policy. The project focuses on China as a rising power in a defence and security policy perspective - globally and regionally.

  • Centre of Global South Asian Studies (CGSAS) 
    - a trans-disciplinary research centre facilitating research and teaching on South Asia. The Centre does not confine itself to the study of the region, rather explores the historical and contemporary connections within the Global South that underpin the modern formations of society, culture and politics within South Asia and its diaspora.

  • Fudan European Centre for China Studies, UCPH
     - a new and exciting collaboration between Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and University of Copenhagen. The centre is the first of its kind in Europe and focuses on research in the interaction between China and Europe.

  • NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies -an academically independent Nordic research and resource center, focusing on modern Asia from a predominantly social sciences perspective. NIAS is an integrated part of the University of Copenhagen with the status of a centre under the Department of Political Science.

  • N-SEA The Nordic Southeast Asia Network
    N-SEA is a platform to bring scholars together from the Nordic countries. The primary coordinators are based in Copenhagen, Lund and Helsinki and the secretariat is located with Asian Dynamics Initiative, UCPH. The network organises events, facilitates exchange and is used as a vehicle for fundraising and common projects. 

  • Theme China, Coordination for Gender Research
    Since 2010 and as part of the establishment of the Sino Danish Centre (SDC) in Beijing, the Coordination for Gender Research, Department of Sociology, has initiated a number of projects and network activities related to China on family, gender and body dynamics.

  • ThinkChina.dk
    With the aim of building and cultivating Danish-Chinese relations within and outside of academia ThinkChina organises a range of China-related activities to strengthen the university’s China profile. The think-tank activities mobilise the university’s researchers in a practice-oriented dialogue with partners in the public and the private sector to create synergic collaboration opportunities between the two countries.

Other centres and networks with Asia related activities

  • Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies
    Thematically varied research activities that  take their point of departure in various parts of the world. On a theoretical level they all thrive on comparative and cross-cultural leads to the study of society and culture. Methodologically, most of the studies are based on long-term ethnographical field-studies.


  • Copenhagen School of Global Health
    Copenhagen School of Global Health provides the framework for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and educational activities locally, with a constantly updated global perspective. The purpose is to improve health research and training at UCPH in collaboration with local and global partners, and to promote health and development by research- and evidence based interventions against major health problems affecting low- and middle income societies.  

  • Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research
    The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research (CTR) focuses on textile history. This is realised via substantial research programmes, as well as via the research training of young scholars, and a variety of activities connected with textile history involving universities, museums and design schools.


  • DERG - Development Economics Research Group
    The Development Economics Research Group (DERG)is a group of economists based at the University of Copenhagen. Work aims at promoting high-quality policy relevant research in development economics . Research is organized under three main headings:

    • The developing countries in the global economy, including globalization, international trade and capital movements. 
    • National economic development policies, including structural adjustment, growth and transitional economics.
    • Agriculture, environment and resource utilization, including the links between poverty, agriculture, natural resources and local institutions.

    Together with local and international partners DERG is responsible for large scale research activities in Mozambique and Vietnam including a variety of enterprise and household surveys and more macro-oriented studies with a variety of sources of funding, including the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU).

  • Global Development portal
    Expertise on global development at UCPH ranges from social, economic and political conditions of the individual to global issues regarding culture, governance, human health, natural resources, environment, trade and stability. This portal provides an easy access to the competences regarding global development and issues related to developing countries. 

  • MIMA: Research Network on Minority-Majority Relations 
    MIMA is an interdisciplinary network for minority-majority relations research. Bringing together more than twenty scholars from a variety of studies and disciplines represented at ToRS, MIMA aims to facilitate exchange of ideas about issues related to the study of asymmetric power relations.

  • Urban Culture Lab
    An interdisciplinary forum for studies in urban culture at the Faculty of Humanities. The aim is to bring together scholars of cities and urbanity, and to call attention to the Faculty's varied research and teaching within the realm of urban culture.
    ToRS Urban Studies Network based at the Dept.of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies is part of the Urban Culture Lab.