Sussex Asia Centre

A Message from the Director

The Covid 19 pandemic has inevitably resulted in the cancellation of all Asia Centre events for the foreseeable future. I wanted, however, to take this opportunity to thank all staff, students, guests and collaborating partners for supporting our activities over the past year and more with such dedication and enthusiasm.

Covid 19 will inevitably have long-lasting effects on the world in which we live and these will be felt in especially pressing ways in Asia. Now more than ever before there is a need for informed insight and analysis on the nature of Asian interconnectivities and Asia’s connections with the wider world – the key focus of the Sussex Asia Centre. We have seen over the past weeks and months how the concerns that lie at the heart of the research we do have relevance to the challenges facing the world today. From understanding migratory flows that connect China to the world to assessing the public health challenges of countries in Central Asia, research on Asian dynamics is of immense relevance to emergent global challenges. Against this backdrop, it is especially critical that decisions about the funding of research and the environments in which researchers share ideas are made with the long-term implications in mind and in relationship to evidence and expertise. Knee-jerk decisions will have a detrimental effect and weaken research and analysis at the time it is needed most.

The Sussex Asia Centre looks forward to playing an active role in debates about the state of research on Asia in the months to come. We anticipate resuming an active, vibrant and relevant range of events and discussions as soon as is possible.

In the meantime, I wish you and your families and friends health and security in the weeks ahead.

Professor Magnus Marsden

Director, University of Sussex Asia Centre

 Current Highlights

2nd Sussex Afghanistan Forum

The Sussex Asia Centre is delighted to once again host a joint forum with AISS. The focus of this year's event will be a potential Afghanistan Peace Settlement. 

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Sussex Asia Centre - AISS Collaborations

The Asia Centre's ongoing collaboration with the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies  continues with a series of joint events in the UK and Afghanistan.

Read more about our work with AISS

Trust, Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International City

Professor Magnus Marsden leads this multi-sited and interdisciplinary research project centred on the Chinese city of Yiwu, engaging researchers and theoretical approaches in anthropology, area studies, business studies, and history and drawing on expertise from law, commercial shipping, and international trade policy.

Read more about the Yiwu Project

Inter-Asian Dynamics Research Network 

Professor Magnus Marsden leads a new network exploring the nature of connections, comparisons and circulations across multiple Asian settings.

IADRN Project Page

Narrating Blood

Professor Maya Unnithan, director of the Centre for Cultures, Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH), is building an international network for cross-cultural research and intervention into blood-related reproductive and adolescent health and care-economies in India, Bangladesh, Ghana and the UK.

Read more about our research on Health and Well-being

Environmental History of South Asia

Professor Vinita Damodaran uses historical records to understand climate change in the Indian Ocean World.

Read more about our research on the Environment

Woman's Leadership in the Asian Century

Professor Louise Morley, Director of the Centre of Higher Education and Equity Research, explores women and academic leadership in Asia.

Read more about our research on Knowledge and Education

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Asia Centre News

Sussex hosts interuniversity workshop on Covid-19 impacts on global poverty alleviation

29 June 2020

Experts from Sussex, IDS and partner universities in China and Ghana discussed the impact of Covid-19 on the alleviation of global poverty.

Iraq, Shia Islamic Authorities, the State, and Crisis

18 June 2020

Sussex sociologist Ali Kassem examines the role of religious actors in Iraq's response to Covid-19

Fifty shades of lockdown Covid-19 in Syria: Another calamity (on top of everything else)

2 June 2020

Feras Alkabani reflects on the meanings of ‘lockdown’ in a war zone.

Palestine under lockdown: what's new?

14 May 2020

Sussex historian Jacob Norris writes on Covid-19 in Palestine as part of a new blog series from the Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex.

New Dhaba display: Forecasting with fishers

10 February 2020

Dr Max Martin Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology

Chief of Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative to open Sussex conference in Valencia

29 October 2019

Event brings together policymakers, funders and researchers to mobilise the power of transformative innovation for societal and environmental gain.

New £728,000 grant for Asia Centre, Global Studies and SSRP for research on climate risks to fishers in India

7 October 2019

A multidisciplinary team of Sussex academics have been awarded a £728,000 grant from the UKRI-GCRF Equitable Resilience programme. The two-year...

Tracking wind and waves with fishers and forecasters

29 May 2018

Our work in Thiruvananthapuram in south India supported by the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme aims at better risk communication for local...

Sussex exchange partnership wins Chinese national scholarship award

22 March 2018

A student exchange partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen has been recognised as outstanding by China’s Ministry of Education.

The Sussex Asia Centre welcomes Professor Haiyun Zhang

13 March 2018

The Sussex Asia Centre is delighted to welcome Professor Haiyun Zhang from Qinghai Nationalities University in China as our Visiting Professor....

Three new International Research Partnerships and Network Fund awards made

16 August 2017

Sussex Research and the International Office have made three awards under the International Research Partnerships and Network Fund.

Record numbers of Sussex students take part in summer schools at top global partners

14 July 2017

Over 125 undergraduates will head out to leading international partners over the coming weeks, all supported by around £65,000 in bursaries.

New international media programme first of its kind in the UK and Hong Kong

7 April 2017

A delegation from the University were hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong to launch a joint International Programme on Global Communication.

Critical minds needed more than ever to navigate global media landscape, say Sussex and CUHK

5 April 2017

In the face of an increasing challenging global media landscape, we need media literate-graduates more than ever to understand the world we live in.

Chinese University of Hong Kong opens its doors to Sussex researchers

7 February 2017

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is now inviting applications from Sussex faculty members for the Inbound Research Mobility Scheme.

Opportunities for Sussex PhD students to visit Hong Kong for research collaborations

27 January 2017

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is inviting applications from doctoral researchers at Sussex for its Global Scholarship Programme.

Sussex launches Global Excellence Summer Programme for 2017

2 December 2016

The University has teamed up with world-leading institutional partners to provide summer study opportunities for Sussex students.

Dr Diana Ibanez-Tirado was awarded the Irene Hilgers Memorial Prize

17 November 2016

Dr Diana Ibañez-Tirado, Associate Researcher at the Department of Anthropology and the Sussex Asia Centre, was awarded the Irene Hilgers...

China’s e-commerce department visits Sussex

28 October 2016

Recent visit paid by the China International Electronic Commerce Centre (CIECC) to foster collaboration with the University of Sussex.

New play commemorating partition of India based on harrowing real-life stories

30 September 2016

A play written by a University of Sussex academic who researches the India-Pakistan partition of 1947 is to premier in Crawley next week.


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