Insecurity, Political Violence and Change Workshop

On the 26 July 2016, the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University hosted a one-day workshop which discussed current challenges and issues in researching politics and policy in southeast and east Asia.

On the 26 July 2016, the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University hosted a one-day workshop which discussed current challenges and issues in researching politics and policy in southeast and east Asia. It was arranged in collaboration between the Division of Politics and International Relations' Insecurity, Political Violence, and Change research cluster, and the Political Studies Association Specialist Group Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia.

The sessions sought to explore solutions to two core challenges that researchers in east and southeast Asia face: interdisciplinary disconnect and the need for more effective impact beyond academia. The workshop was attended by representatives from UK, Europe, and Asia, from universities, Non-Governmental Organisations, Think Tanks and the UK Government. It was designed to foster a network of participants working in similar areas (and possibly many in the same countries).

The first session explored the challenges faced by scholars of East and Southeast Asia, bridging the gap between the subfields of Politics, International Relations and Area Studies, and provided the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary approach to our studies.

The second session was led by guest lecturers from the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Overseas Development Institute and the Foreign Policy Centre. It enabled scholars and practitioners to share ideas and best-practices, providing a forum for all participants to learn from each other the "tricks of the trade" of tackling the multitude of challenges that researchers face.

The event was very successful, providing the opportunity to establish a network of peers who not only face similar issues in field research, but who may also encounter each other in the field. The workshop also provided the opportunity to explore projects between members and across disciplinary boundaries, and will lead to the production of a collaborative paper.

For more information about this event, please email Liam McCarthy-Cotter.

Insecurity, Political Violence and Change Workshop

Published on 5 August 2016
  • Category: School of Social Sciences

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