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New funding for Norwegian Network for Asian Studies

The grant comes from the Research Council of Norway.

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Will work actively to create new synergies for Norwegian research on Asia. Photo: Pexels

The Norwegian Network for Asian Studies has since its launch in 1996 had as its primary objective to strengthen knowledge of and competence on Asia in Norway.

After years with limited funding, they are now able to significantly scale up their work.

We believe that we have achieved considerable success with this mission so far, particularly if taking into account the limited funding we have had, say Arve Hansen and Kenneth Bo Nielsen, the coordinators of the network.

Arve Hansen and Kenneth Bo Nielsen state that the network with the new funding will increase its focus on enhancing the quality and policy relevance of Norwegian research on Asia's developmental challenges.

New synergies for Norwegian research on Asia

Through a range of activities, and by using an expansive Nordic network, the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies will work actively to create new synergies for Norwegian research on Asia. Activities will include:

  • organising a yearly conference
  • organising regular seminar series
  • creating an online knowledge bank for research on Asia.

As part of this endeavor, the network will bring research-based knowledge on Asia into an ongoing conversation with development practitioners, policy makers and the broader public.

The current coordinators Arve Hansen and Kenneth Bo Nielsen will remain part of the network’s core group, but new members will be recruited.


The Norwegian Network for Asian Studies is one of three networks that has been granted funds from the NORGLOBAL 2 call at the Research Council of Norway.


About the network

The network was launched in 1996 to develop and promote the study of Asia within the humanities and social sciences broadly defined.

The network has from the outset been hosted by the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM).

Kjersti Litleskare has been administrative coordinator this year.

The network is anchored in several leading Norwegian research institutions through its steering committee that is currently comprised by 15 Asia researchers based in Norway. While the members do not represent their home institutions they serve as the crucial link between the network’s administration and the various academic environments across the country.

The committee includes representatives from:

  • University of Agder (UiA)
  • University of Oslo (UiO)
  • University of Bergen (UiB)
  • Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
  • University of Tromsø (UiT)
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)
  • Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

More information

Read more about the Network for Asian Studies and see their upcoming events.

By Charlotte Kildal
Published Oct. 10, 2018 11:40 AM - Last modified Oct. 10, 2018 12:13 PM