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Associated PhD Vera Altmeyer on fieldwork in Indonesia

Vera Altmeyer, associated PhD student at NIAS, has been granted a visiting fellowship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta, Indonesia, from May to July this year. During her time at CSIS she will conduct fieldwork for her PhD thesis on Local Election Campaigns in Indonesia and the Philippines. As the first of four case studies Vera will analyse the campaigns for the election of Governor and Vice-Governor of Jakarta Province, which is to be held in early July. She will look at the campaign practices of the various candidates, the actors and institutions shaping them, as well as potential consequences these might have for the outcome of the election. Overall her research aims to investigate how these factors influence the power relations between groups of actors in the national and local political sphere.

Barbara Schulte New Researcher at NIAS

Barbara Schulte started as a senior researcher at NIAS 1 April. Barbara has a PhD in Comparative Education, History, and Sinology from Humboldt University of Berlin, and before coming to NIAS she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Lund University. Barbara has received funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for her project entitled "Regulation of education in China: a neoliberal global discourse in a communist market context".

Barbara has previously been featured in the NIAS Newsletter as Researcher in Profile, to read this open the pdf below.

Window on Korea at NIAS Linc

As the Nordic central library for Asian Studies NIAS Library has been chosen as host for an extensive collection of around 1700 newer books on Korea. 

The programme Window on Korea is run by the Korean National Library and offers book donations and access to Korean language databases.

NIAS will host the collection on separate shelves clearly marked with Window on Korea. Librarian Per Hansen has been appointed as the responsible librarian. The books will be catalogued and made available through our library catalogue which is searchable throughout the Nordic countries. The library will be able to put the collection to use for all the Nordic Korean Scholars either by walk in use in the library or through our Portal AsiaPortal.info Academic Resource section.

For more information please contact Per Hansen

Stewart Watters New Affiliated Researcher at NIAS

Stewart Watters is tasked with establishing a NIAS Arctic Research Group to look at the growing interest in the Arctic region by Asian countries and, in particular, what this means for the Nordic countries and the Arctic Council.
Stewart has previously worked as Advocacy Director at an international NGO focused on political dialogue with China and before joining NIAS he worked on foreign policy and human rights at the UK Parliament in London. He has conducted assignments at foreign ministries across Europe, in Washington DC, New Delhi, Beijing and Tokyo.
Stewart is a British national but speaks Danish and has previously studied at Aarhus University. He studied for a joint Masters in Politics and Scandinavian Studies at Edinburgh University. His Masters thesis looked at the strategic role of Greenland during the Cold War and its impact on Greenlandic autonomy.

Edyta Roszko gets Rechtskulturen-fellowship

Edyta Roszko, NIAS affiliate, has been selected and nominated as a Fellow of the Berlin Postdoctoral Fellow Program “Rechtskulturen: Confrontations Beyond Comparison" at the Wissenschaftkolleg zu Berlin for the academic year 2012/2013. Rechtskulturen is a program of the Berlin Research Network Recht im Kontext at the Forum Transregionale Studien, a new research platform designed to promote research that connects systematic and region specific questions from a perspective that addresses entanglements and interactions, beyond national, cultural, or regional framework. During her Rechtskulturen-fellowship, Edyta will research aspects of the legal and customary procedures simultaneously facilitating and constraining the use of marine spaces and goods in the South China Sea.

New guest researcher at NIAS

Sasikumar is a Master’s student at Central European University (CEU) studying International Relations and European Studies. Before matriculating to CEU he was an Assistant Researcher at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. At IDSA he researched and reported on India’s Foreign and Security Policy, Nuclear deterrence in the Asian Region, China’s naval modernization and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. Before IDSA he worked as a Research Fellow on a major research project analyzing India’s nuclear and missile policy making. He has written for Strategic Analysis, CBW Magazine as well as several IDSA reports. At NIAS he is working on India’s grand strategy in the South Asia region as a part of his Master’s dissertation at CEU.

Bo Ærenlund Sørensen receives grant to do a PhD at Oxford University

Bo Ærenlund Sørensen, NIAS affiliate, has been offered a PhD position, with an accompanying Arts & Humanities Research Council grant at Oxford University. Bo will start working on his PhD entitled "Chinese Labor in the Age of New Media" from the fall semester.


NIAS Nordic Institute of Asian Studies signs collaboration agreement with the new China National Renewable Energy Center.

As part of the opening ceremony of the new China National Renewable Energy Center (CNREC) in Beijing 24 February NIAS’ Chief Librarian Anja Møller Rasmussen will sign a memorandum of collaboration with CNREC represent by Director Wang Zhongying.

The two institutions acknowledging past collaboration and inspired by the extensive possibilities offered by international collaboration,  recognize the need to develop and nurture new partnerships and to share human and material resources, with the aim to contribute to the pool of global knowledge on renewable energy, advance the development of our respective organizations and create opportunities for a joint approach to cooperation between the Nordic countries and China in the development of renewable energy R&D systems.

New workplace student at NIAS

27 february NIAS has the pleasure of welcoming a new workplace student.

Josipa Bicanic is studying for a Master degree in International Development and Management at Lund University. In her thesis, Josipa focuses on "In the context of our current globalized food system, how have available agricultural extension services shaped agricultural development in rural communities of Western Nepal as well as in Eastern USA.

New guest researcher at NIAS

Vu Thi Thao is currently a guest researcher at NIAS. She received her PhD in Human Geography from University of Copenhagen. She graduated BA Economics from National Economics University (Vietnam) in 2002. Vu Thi Thao was awarded a fellowship from the Ford Foundation for pursuing her master’s degree in Geography and Geoinformatics at University of Copenhagen. In 2007, she received an employment contract from University of Copenhagen for doing her PhD degree.
Dr. Vu has been working in the areas of women’s migration, gender, families, population policies, and development in Vietnam for more than 6 years. Her work has been published in Population, Space and Place, and in Asian Population Studies. Dr. Vu will stay at NIAS until 30 April 2012.

Here are a few titles of recently published articles:
"Making a Living in Rural Vietnam from (Im)mobile Livelihoods: a Case of Women's Migration"
"‘DOING FAMILY’ - Female migrants and family transition in rural Vietnam"
"Mobile, flexible, and adaptable: female migrants in Hanoi's informal sector"

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