Latest Research:

Hae Yeon Choo

New article by Hae Yeon Choo: “Speculative Home-Making: Women’s Labor, Class Mobility, and the Affect of Homeownership in South Korea.”

January 16, 2020

Urban Studies 2019. Full text:  Since the 1960s, urban South Korea has seen a series of real estate booms characterised by a huge surge in the construction of apartment complexes and skyrocketing housing prices. In this environment, many South...

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Bharat Punjabi

Bharat Punjabi writes on India’s water problems for East Asia Forum

September 14, 2018

The 2018 floods in the Indian state of Kerala highlight an enduring paradox within the country’s water problems. Even as some parts of the country dealt with water scarcity, the monsoon rains wreaked havoc and caused a flooding disaster that...

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Jacques Bertrand

Jacques Bertrand leads new $400,000 IDRC-funded project in Myanmar

August 29, 2018

Jacques Bertrand and his collaborators are recent recipients of a new IDRC-funded project that continues the Asian Institute’s active involvement in Myanmar’s political and economic transition. The $400,000 project is part of the IDRC and Global Affairs Canada’s Knowledge for...

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Diana Fu

Diana Fu’s Book Mobilizing Without the Masses Wins APSA’S 2018 GREGORY LUEBBERT PRIZE

July 10, 2018

Professor Fu’s book was awarded the 2018 Gregory Luebbert Prize for the best book on Comparative Politics from the American Political Science Association. Read more about the book and a Q&A with the author. 

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Professor Lynette Ong

“Thugs-for-Hire” : Subcontracting of State Coercion and State Capacity in China (Perspectives on Politics, 2018)

April 20, 2018

By Lynette Ong (Perspectives on Politics, 2018) Abstract: Using violence or threat of violence, “thugs-for-hire” (TFH) is a form of privatized coercion that helps states subjugate a recalcitrant population. I lay out three scope conditions under which TFH is the...

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RESPECT Daily Reflections

July 18, 2017

Selections from the daily report of the Osaka University students’ experiences in the 9-day intensive program written by 3 Master’s students.

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Welcome Christine Gibb

July 7, 2017

Christine Gibb is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Asian Institute. She is currently researching how gendered religious practices, institutions and norms determine access to disaster assistance...

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Book cover of Land's End by Tania Li

Professor Tania Li Receives Two Book Awards

February 8, 2017

Tania Li, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the Asian Institute, has been awarded two book prizes for her monograph Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014).

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UCRSEA Urban Climate Resilience Workshop


May 6, 2016

Opening the Second Annual Meeting and Workshop of Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership program (UCRSEA) in Hanoi, H.E. David Devine, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam, highlighted the importance of building resilient urban futures for the countries in the Mekong...

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October 8, 2015

South Asia: The Journal of South Asian Studies put together an Editor’s Choice Collection of influential articles, in part to run concurrently with the Annual Conference on South Asia, held at the University of Wisconsin.  One of the 10 articles selected is by...

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