Asia Research Environments

Asia Research Community at CBS

Asia Research Community (ARC) is a specialized research group within the Copenhagen Business School offering high-quality research and teaching in the field of Asian studies. ARC strives to provide up-to-date research and reliable analysis of current political, social, economic and business developments associated with and contributing to the present tectonic shift from West to East in global economics and business development.

DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is an independent research institution engaged in research in international affairs. The institute draws up reports and analyses and follows developments in international affairs continuously in order to assess the security and foreign policy situation of Denmark, e.g. aspects of relevance with regard to development policy. DIIS also communicates research findings, analyses and knowledge and performs functions concerning documentation, information and library services.


EastAsiaNet is a network of leading European research schools with a well-developed social-science focus on East Asia, plus others that aspire to develop in this direction. It takes up issues that surpass the capacity of single institutions in training and in research. Ultimately, it contributes high-level expertise to a European perspective on Euro-Asia relations. 



European Alliance for Asian Studies

The European Alliance for Asian Studies is a co-operative framework of European institutes specializing in Asian Studies. The aim of the alliance, established in 1997, is to contribute to bringing together the fragmented forces in Europe on Asian Studies in order to establish scholarly excellence in central areas of research and expertise on Asia, to the benefit of the institutes' national research environments and the European community at large. The secretatiat is hosted at IIAS - International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden/Amsterdam and NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen.

Gendering Asia Network

Gendering Asia Network provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and contacts among scholars and students working on gender and Asia. The Network aims to strengthen research and teaching on gender and Asia in the Nordic countries by facilitating contacts both internally among Nordic scholars and students, and also externally between academia in the Nordic countries and our counterparts in Asia and elsewhere in the world.

International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

IARU is an alliance of some of the world’s leading research universities. The main objective of IARU is to give researchers and students at the involved universities the opportunity to engage in international research and research-based teaching. The universities share similar visions and are all globally orientated, which is reflected in the topics of the shared research projects.

The universities in the Alliance are

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Lund University

The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies was established in 1996 with the aim of stimulating research and education focused upon East and South-East Asia, particularly in the fields of the social sciences, economics and the humanities.

Sasnet - Swedish South Asian Studies Network is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at Lund University. The aim is to encourage and promote an open and dynamic networking process, in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.

Network for Asian Studies (Asianettverket)

Network for Asian Studies (Asianettverket) is a Norwegian research network which promotes studies, research, and information about the history, society, culture, politics and environment of the Asian region (except for West Asia).The Network organizes academically stimulating conferences, seminars, and lectures, and promotes contact between disciplines and institutions. You may follow the Network for Asian Studies on Facebook and Twitter @Asianettverket, for updated information about events and Asia related news.
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Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS)

Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) was established in 1991 to promote scholarly interaction between the members of the Nordic Chinese Studies field. NACS is an active academic network for Nordic scholars, teachers and students specializing in Chinese Studies with a focus on humanities and social sciences. Moreover, NACS provides a network for distribution of relevant information and events on the field of Chinese Studies in Nordic countries, such as the Nordic China Studies conference held every other year. NACS is open to all China postgraduates, scholars, teachers and research fellows.

Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society

Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society  was formed in 2002, with the aim to encourage Japanese studies in the Nordic countries, in particular by stimulating education and research related to modern Japanese society. The ambition of the network is to be an interdisciplinary forum where doctoral students and researchers can share experiences, exchange information, and take part in debates.

 NAJS organises an annual spring conference.
Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS) was established in 1988 and connects scholars within the fields of Japan and Korean studies from all the Nordic countries. NAJAKS´ main activities are its symposiums, which are held every three years and gather contributors from all over the world. Most active NAJAKS participants are researchers working in Nordic universities within the humanities and the social sciences.

Nordic Himalayan Research Network

The Nordic Himalaya Research Network seeks to build collaboration and scholarly exchange among Himalayan researchers of different disciplinary backgrounds and with different regional expertise: It connects Nordic scholars who work on India, China, Nepal and Bhutan but who are otherwise part of more nationally-oriented research networks. The Himalayas, as a region, traverses national borders and addresses issues of minority populations and peripheral societies with its syncretic mixture of political and religious systems, ethnic groups and unique environmental features. The aim of the network is to strengthen Himalayan studies in the Nordic region and to help to facilitate international collaboration.


The aim of the Nordic Southeast Asia Network is to bring scholars together from the Nordic countries through events that are either organized by the network or individuals within the network or events where it would be fruitful to bring aboard a specific Southeast Asian dimension. To facilitate the exchange between students will be of particular importance. Finally, the network will also be used as a vehicle for fundraising and common projects.

South Asia across the Nordic Region (SANR)

The South across the Nordic Region (SANR) aims to present cutting edge research undertaken by Nordic scholars, and to facilitate greater collaboration across Nordic research institutions and universities. The need for such a meeting forum has been acutely felt by scholars, especially young scholars in need of mentorship and support in the early career stage. This scholarly meeting is an important step towards building up future frameworks of cooperation.

The Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network

The Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network's aim is to develop trans-national, cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary perspectives on studies of women and gender within and between the Chinese and Nordic environments. The main network activity is to convene Sino-Nordic Women & Gender Studies Conferences. This series of conferences has been held every third year since 2002.