Research Categories

Research/Studies on Asia

This category covers:

  • East Asia
    • China
    • Japan
  • South Asia
    • India
    • Pakistan
    • Sri Lanka
  • Southeast Asia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • ASEAN

Related Link:
Country & Area Studies, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies

NameResearch Interests
Asst Prof Adam Douglas SwitzerAdam Switzers main research interest lies in using coastal stratigraphy to define the recurrence interval of catastrophic marine inundation events (tsunami or large storms). His most significant contributions to the field include: * the first study of modern storm deposits from the Australian southeast coast; * the recognition that immature heavy mineral suites in coastal sandsheets may indicate tsunami deposition rather than storm deposition in coastal settings; * the recognition of an erosional signature of large scale washover of coastal dunes using Ground Penetrating Radar; * initial evaluation of the sedimentary processes associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the southeast coast of India a definitive review and re-analysis of large boulder accumulations in coastal settings on the southeast Australian coast.
Assoc Prof Alexander Robertson CoupeAlexander Coupe's major contributions to linguistic research have focused upon aspects of the grammar of Ao; more recently he has turned his attention to other Tibeto-Burman languages of north-east India, including Chang, Khiamniungan, Lotha, Sangtam and Yimchungru, and he has investigated evidence of their contact and convergence with Indic languages. This fieldwork-based research is driven by a desire to record and analyse the grammars of these poorly understood Tibeto-Burman languages, to determine their genetic relationships, and to document them for posterity. The output of this work feeds another research goal: to seek functional and diachronic explanations for the structural diversity and commonalities found in Tibeto-Burman languages and in human language more generally, and to advance knowledge in the field of linguistic typology. Specific areas of research interest include the analysis of tone systems, phonetics and phonology, the role of pragmatics in grammar, case-marking systems, morphosyntax, clause linkage, nominalization, grammaticalization and language contact.
Asst Prof Ana Cristina Dias AlvesHer research interest lies broadly on South-South relations, particularly China’s relations with developing regions in the southern hemisphere. Over the past decade her research has focused on China’s economic cooperation with Africa, particularly its engagement in extractive industries on the continent. Her research interests also encompass comparative studies, namely regarding China’s engagement in different regions (Africa-South America and Southeast Asia), and comparing China’s approach with that of other emerging powers in the southern hemisphere.
Assoc Prof Andrea NanettiDr. Andrea Nanetti, a scholar—who started his research vocation in historical studies at the advent of computer operating systems with graphical user interfaces—he has always been fascinated by the exponential growth of interdependencies between artificial actions (i.e., made by humans) and computational operations, in terms of both quantity and quality (i.e., actions completed by electronic devices able to store and process data, typically in binary form, according to instructions given to them in a variable program or machine learning, which allows algorithms to learn through experience, and do things that we are not able to program). With this interest, he is proposing the theoretical need to direct traditional disciplinary knowledge towards a formal science of heritage, which will focus on how data and information—now encoded in complex interactions of written, pictorial, sculptural, architectural, and digital records, oral memories, practices, and performed rituals (i.e., the treasure of human experiences)—may be inherited by machine learning algorithms. This state-of-the-art science pioneers integrated action plans and solutions in response to, and in anticipation of, the exponential growth of emerging needs in our increasingly complex human society. In practice, the research uses multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary methods to identify case studies for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary teamwork investigations. Since 2007 my main research project is EHM-Engineering Historical Memory (started on http://www.engineeringhistoricalmemory.com and migrated to http://ehmazure.cloudapp.net in 2015). EHM is both an experimental methodology and an ongoing research project for the organization of historical information in the machine learning age. I first theorized it as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2007. EHM develops and tests new sets of shared conceptualizations and formal specifications for content management systems in the domain of Heritage Science (how to engineer the treasure of human experiences to serve decision making, knowledge transmission, and visionarios). I mainly work on history of historiography and new ontologies for the semantic web, inspired by Derrida notion of trace, Ginzburg's "thread and traces" theory, and last but not least Umberto Eco's semiotics (e.g. 2007 Dall'Albero al Labirinto, published in English in 2015 as From the Tree to the Labyrinth). What sets this research apart from other approaches is a focus on developing and applying computationally intensive techniques to achieve this goal (e.g. pattern recognition, data mining, machine learning algorithms derived from other disciplines, interactive and visualization solutions).
Assoc Prof Anilkumar K SamtaniProf Samtani's areas of expertise are in intellectual property law and information technology law. His current research works focus on trademarks and bilateralism in intellectual property rule-making.
Asst Prof Astrid C KensingerGraphic Design history, typography, mapping, live art as communication and participation art. Currently working on three funded research and design projects using GPS, video and site-specific research in South East Asia and Europe.
Assoc Prof Augustine PangCrisis management and communication Image management and repair Media management Public relations Journalism
Prof C.J. Wee Wan-ling• Globalisation and contemporary cultural production in East and Southeast Asia • Curation and the idea of 'Asia' • Literature, theatre and contemporary visual art in Singapore • Colonialism and nationalism in English and Anglophone literatures and cultures • Cultural and Postcolonial theory • Modernity and modernism in Euro-America and East Asia
Assoc Prof (Adj) Cao Yong(1) Reform and development of the Chinese economy; (2) The development of China's financial market; (3) Productivity efficiency and industrial structural change.
Prof Chan Kam Leung AlanChinese Philosophy and Religion; Hermeneutics and Critical Theory; Comparative Philosophy and Religion