Our academics work across the breadth and depth of this area to topics that investigate such issues as water, air, cities, health, wildlife and their impact on our environments for a more sustainable future. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals link closely with our research.
As the fastest growing economic region in the world, Asia is undergoing huge change on multiple fronts. The region's increasingly ambitious infrastructure developments have been drawn to the forefront of regional development, as epitomised with the development of new policies such as China's 'Belt and Road Initiative' (E-Book available), the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India's 'Go East', and Taiwan's 'New Southbound Policy'. Our researchers at the Asia Research Institute look at how greater increased connectivity will shape things to come in the region.
With more than half the world's population in Asia, and 50 percent of those numbers being in two of the most populous states on Earth (India and China), it is important to understand the diverse identities within state borders, and the context in which they exist (for example, whether they are protected or not). Our research includes topics such as gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and representation in the media.
Asia includes come of the most successful education systems in the world (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan), according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), but also several where improvements are required to enable them to compete in a global knowledge-based economy and to realise the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) on educational quality. Our research involves work on educational policy at system level, and studies of schools and classrooms, as well as other relevant education stakeholders, and includes researchers from the University's Malaysia and Ningbo campuses, as well as the UK.
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