Institute of
Asian Studies

ias @ ubd

researching asia from the heart of asia

The Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is a research institute dedicated to producing and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge about the societies, economies, politics, cultures and histories of the Asian region. With a core staff and affiliated researchers producing multidisciplinary scholarship, and located at the heart of Asia on the beautiful and ecologically diverse island of Borneo, the IAS serves Brunei as well as the global community in elevating our understanding of this dynamic region of the world.

News & Events


The staff of IAS consists of researchers in the Institute and research fellows from across the University. While the main focus of the IAS staff is on conducting research and publishing, IAS researchers also regularly teach modules for such majors as Anthropology & Sociology and History & International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), as well as supervise graduate students in IAS, and both graduate and undergraduate students studying in programs in other faculties.

Recent Staff Publications


The core mission of the IAS staff is to engage in research and to publish.

Jeremy Jammes & David Palmer, “Occulting the Dao: Daoist Inner Alchemy, French Spiritism and Vietnamese Colonial Modernity in Caodai Translingual Practice.” Journal of Asian Studies, 77(2), 2018: 405–428. [Access]

Jetin, B., & Chaisse, J. (2018). “International Investment Policy for Small States: The Case of Brunei”. In J. Chaisse & L. Nottage, (eds.) International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia (pp. 384-410). Leiden; Boston: Brill Editors. [Access]

Harrison, D., King, V.T., & Eades, J.S. (eds.) (2018) Tourism in East and Southeast Asia. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge. [Access]

Graduate Studies

IAS offers research-based MA and PhD programmes in Asian Studies.

IAS Serves Brunei and the Global Community through its Seminar Series, Publications, Conferences and International Collaborations.

Seminar Series

To exchange ideas with other members of the University community and the public, the IAS holds a regular seminar series.

IAS Publications

The Institute maintains a BOOK SERIES and a WORKING PAPER SERIES.


The IAS regularly organizes and hosts conferences and workshops.


The Institute maintains productive relations with numerous international scholars and scholarly organizations.

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