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Centres and Institutes

Constitution of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science

  1. The Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science is an officially constituted centre of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), within the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (FLSS).
  2. The principal purposes of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science (APCSS) are:
    1. to provide a forum for inter-disciplinary, comparative social scientific research relating to the Asia-Pacific region (corresponding to the APEC region encompassing Northeast/Southeast Asia, Australasia and the Pacific coast of the Americas);
    2. to facilitate social science research that reflects SOAS’ traditional commitment to substantive country knowledge together with representation of both mainstream and critical viewpoints;
    3. to promote discussion, research and scholarship related to the following themes in particular: i) varieties of social systems; ii) systemic transitions; iii) regional economic integration; iv) regimes types; v) security, security issues broadly defined;
    4. to host regular seminar series, workshops, conferences featuring scholars from UK and overseas in relation to the core themes specified in c;
    5. to develop externally-funded, inter-disciplinary collaborative projects within SOAS and with institutions overseas;
    6. to host suitably qualified visiting scholars and practitioners with cognate interests.
  3. While the principal aim of the APCSS is the generation of high quality academic research, the nature of the core themes mean that the research findings will be of interest to governmental agencies, NGOs, business and the media. By raising the social science profile of SOAS in the Asia-Pacific region, the APCSS would also facilitate the school aims of attracting high quality students and institutional collaborations.

  4. Management of the APCSS:
    1. The APCSS is responsible to the Academic Board (through the FLSS Faculty Board) and to the Director and Principal for its official activities and conduct. SOAS has the power to close or suspend the APCSS’s activities should this be deemed necessary.
    2. The APCSS is headed by a Director who should be a full time academic member of the FLSS. S/he is chosen by the members of APCSS, and is subject to approval by the FLSS Faculty Board.
    3. The Director is responsible to SOAS through the FLSS Faculty Board for the academic and administrative business of the APCSS and for organizing and overseeing APCSS activities.
    4. The Director will report annually to the FLSS Faculty Board, on the previous year’s activities within the APCSS.
  5. Membership of the APCSS:
    1. Membership is divided into two categories: regular and affiliated.
    2. Academic staff members of the FLSS with an active research interest in the core themes qualify as regular members of the APCSS.
    3. Academic staff of other faculties with a demonstrated interest in the core themes may become affiliated members upon request.
    4. In such situations as those where a formal vote may need to be taken, all regular members of the APCSS will be eligible to vote.
    5. The APCSS may appoint time-limited visiting affiliated members from outside of SOAS subject to confirmation by the Faculty Board of the FLSS.
    6. Affiliated members will not be eligible to vote on APCSS matters.
    7. It is the responsibility of the Director to maintain an up-to-date list of APCSS members.
  6. Amendments to the Constitution of the APCSS may be proposed to a meeting of the Faculty Board of FLSS by a majority of regular members of the APCSS. A two-thirds majority of regular members is required to endorse any such amendments. Proposed amendments must then be submitted to the Academic Board.