The Institute of Asian Studies

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

Seminar on Foreign Direct Investment in Cambodia

The Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) and the Centre for Advanced Research (CARe) will host a seminar at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday 24 February 2021 on “Does Foreign Aid Promote Foreign Direct Investment in Cambodia?” by Dr. Ly Slesman @ Sulaiman bin Mohd Ali. For more information, please see the flyer below.

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IAS Supervises Award Winners

In addition to conducting research, the staff members of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) also teach and supervise students in various faculties at the university. Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie recently had the privilege of supervising two award-winning students. The two UBD students, Caroline Anne Yong Suk Zhen […]

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IAS Working Paper on Notions of Masculinity among Young Malay Men

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 62: Changing Notions of Masculinity among Young Malay Men in Brunei Darussalam by T.P.M. Adi Nabil Fadzillah and Chang-Yau Hoon. Please see below for details. Abstract: This paper explores various notions of masculinity among young […]

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Webinar & Book Launch on the Repercussions of COVID-19 on FTAs and International Investment in the Asia-Pacific

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is pleased to host a webinar and book launch entitled: “New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution: Webinar & Book Launch.” What are the current and potential repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, for FTAs and international investment in the Asia-Pacific region? […]

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Seminar on Rizal and the Analytics of Malayness

Please join us at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday 10 February 2021 for a talk by Dr. Rommel Curaming, Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of History and International Relations in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), on “The Analytical is Politcal: Rizal and the Rethinking of the Analytics […]

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Staff

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.

Scholarship

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

These are some recent representative publications.

B. Jetin (2018). “Production Networks of the Asian Automobile Industry: Regional or Global?”. International Journal of Automobile Technology and Management, 18 (4), pp. 302-328. DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2018.097346

Franco, F.M. and Minggu, M.J. (2019). “When the Seeds Sprout, the Hornbills Hatch: Understanding the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Ibans of Brunei Darussalam on Hornbills”. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 15 (46). DOI: 10.1186/s13002-019-0325-0

Victor T. King (2019). “Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology”, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 15 (1), pp. 183-197. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.13063

Paul J. Carnegie (2019). “National Imaginary, Ethnic Plurality, and State Formation in Indonesia,” in Ratuva S. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0242-8_165-2

Chang-Yau Hoon and Esther Kuntjara (2019). “The Politics of Mandarin Fever in Contemporary Indonesia: Resinicization, Economic Impetus, and China’s Soft Power”, Asian Survey, 59(3): 573-594. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2019.59.3.573

Liam C. Kelley (2020). “The Centrality of ‘Fringe History’: Diaspora, The Internet and a New Version of Vietnamese Prehistory,” International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 16 (1): 71–104. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21315/ijaps2020.16.1.3

Seminar Series

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

Working Paper Series

The Institute also maintains a working paper series to highlight and disseminate the cutting-edge work of IAS researchers, UBD faculty, and other scholars working in and on the region.

Book Series

The Institute maintains a book series with academic publisher Springer on “Asia in Transition.”

Video Interviews

The Institute creates video interviews with IAS staff members, IAS research associates, UBD lecturers who research about Asia, and visitors to IAS who share their knowledge on topics ranging from the Belt and Road Initiative to Hornbills in Brunei.

Graduate Studies

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

Conferences

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

Internationalisation

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