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

Borneo Studies Conference – Call for Papers

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is pleased to share the call for papers for the Universiti Brunei Darussalam – Borneo Studies Network conference on ″Borneo Within, Borneo Beyond‶ to be held at UBD from 30 June – 1 July 2021. For detailed information about the conference, please see […]

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IAS Welcomes Two New Researchers

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is pleased to announce that two new researchers have joined its staff: Dr. Lisa Arensen and Dr. Nobumichi Teramura. Dr. Arensen, is an Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia. Her research focuses on communities that have experienced environmental change, […]

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Paper on Elections in Fiji & the Soloman Islands

Associate Professor Paul J. Carnegie of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) has just published a co-authored an introductory paper for a special issue of the Journal of Pacific Studies on the elections in Fiji (2018) and Solomon Islands (2019). To view this and the other papers in this […]

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MA and PhD in Asian Studies

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) is now accepting applications for its MA and PhD in Asian studies by research programs. For more information about these programs and for links to the application and scholarship information, please visit the IAS Graduate Studies web page. for information about the MA […]

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IAS November 2020 Newsletter

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to share its latest newsletter. Please scroll down to view the newsletter, or click here to download a pdf version with hyperlinks.

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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.