SOAS University of London

London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science

London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science

Compared with most regional/country centres, the LAPC is distinctive in terms of its both regional expertise and thematic social science concentration. As such, it is designed to combine depth of empirical coverage while advancing key theoretical (both mainstream and critical) debates in the social sciences.

The principal purposes of the LAPC are:

  1. to provide a forum for inter-disciplinary, comparative social scientific research relating to the Asia- Pacific region (comprising ASEAN+3);
  2. to facilitate social science research that reflects commitment to empirical research together with representation of both mainstream and critical viewpoints;
  3. to promote discussion, research and scholarship related to the following themes in particular: 
    1. comparative political and economic systems;
    2. international relations of the Asia-Pacific;
    3. regional economic integration;
    4. East Asia-EU relations;
  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 the Centre and with institutions overseas;
  6. to host suitably qualified visiting scholars and practitioners with cognate interests.