About the Institute
The mission of the University of Nottingham's Asia Research Institute is to bring together the University of Nottingham’s world-leading research and expertise on Asia and to link up researchers working across interdisciplinary boundaries across all three of the University of Nottingham's campuses.
The Institute enjoys a generous bequest from the late Sir Stanley and Lady Tomlinson and has been headed by Professor Katharine Adeney since 2013. It produces Asia Dialogue, producing contemporary analysis of the entire Asia region.
It organises the annual Tomlinson Lecture, as well as a research seminar series on a wide range of topics.
The institute also aims to support and co-ordinate postgraduate teaching to enhance understanding of the Asia and Pacific region.
As a result of Covid-19 we have moved all our seminars online. This has had the benefit of allowing colleagues from our other campuses to attend, although events may still take place after their working hours. It has also allowed colleagues from other countries to join the discussions for our external events, eg the recent roundtable on Kashmir (12 November 2020).
In response to colleague’s feedback we have moved our later afternoon seminars to a lunchtime slot to enable those with childcare commitments to attend. The region that UoNARI focuses on naturally includes scholars and students from a range of diverse backgrounds, something that we are very proud of. Our ARI management board is also diverse.
We have offered PGRs funding for their fieldwork in previous years, although it will not be possible to do so this year because of the Covid travel restrictions. We include PGRs in our seminars, and encourage them to present their work. Many of our seminars this year are focusing on work in progress and grant applications, and this gives PGRs an opportunity to participate in, and learn from, the grant capture process.