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Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN)

SEA ASEAN
SEA ASEAN

Interdisciplinary

The aim of the SEA-ASEAN centre is to further inter-disciplinary research on contemporary Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

Highly Networked

We build on the successful framework of inter-faculty cooperation within Globalization Studies Groningen (GSG) and will serve side by side with our sister organization the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) in the broad study of Asia.

Quality Research

We aim to bridge high quality scholarly research, with policy relevance and a concern for societal outcomes, in the study of the nations and societies of Southeast Asia and ASEAN as a regional actor.

Focus

Middle-Income and Transition. A special focus is placed on middle-income developing countries in the region with a democratic tradition - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand - as well as countries in economic and political transition, especially Vietnam and Myanmar.


News

October 21, 2019

Opening today of the EU BRECIL program on 'Increasing social science research capacity' in Malaysia and Laos, with 35 scholars and administrators.  Here the opening address by Prof. Oscar Couwenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. You can find the programme and more background information on BRECIL here.
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October 17, 2019
Research Day in the Department of Spatial Sciences and Environment

Ron Holzhacker from SEA ASEAN helped organize with colleagues Stefan Verweij and Emma Puerari our annual Research Day for the Department.  We christened it the 'Crack of Thunder'  Research day, with a Lightning Round of introductions, a Thunder Round of qualitative cluster analysis to see what we share in common in terms of Theory, Methods, and Empirics, then a Magnetic Round where we explored our differences to see if opposites attract in our approaches. We closed with a Sparks Round to share our joys and intrinsic motivations in doing research, individually and with our colleagues as part of a team.
In the photos below, our department chair Prof. Jos Aarts is seen introducing the day, and later Ward Rauws was discussing the different dimensions of the Methods we typically use across the department.  Later Terry van Dijk, Emma Puerari and Ron Holzhacker were seen seated in a circle on the floor, exploring ways in which research related to citizen involvement, preferences, and action can be presented to city officials, urban planners and designers, to really make a difference in the built environment and the livability of cities.  
This discussion was helpful to the EU innovative training network proposal currently being prepared by Ron Holzhacker, Terry van Dijk, and Ina Horlings in the department, looking at climate mitigation, adaptation and the Sustainable Development Goals, implementation by cities across Southeast Asia.  Finding ways to bridge between citizens and policymakers, in cities faced by climate change and the need to consider measures for climate mitigation and adaptation, is critical to protecting the most vulnerable and maintaining the liveability of cities.
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October 16, 2019
Prof. Ronald Holzhacker engaged and presenting and discussing with diplomats from the Foreign Ministries of countries across Southeast Asia, as well as those representing ASEAN.   He spoke about the Sustainable Development Goals, and ways to not only move from the Global Goals to national and regional plans of ASEAN, but also down to the local level for implementation by cities across Southeast Asia.  The event was part of a two week course offered by the Clingendael Academy in the Hague called 'Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation for ASEAN Countries and ASEAN Secretariat.'
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October 10  Annual SEA ASEAN conference.
The theme of this year's conference was 'Governance for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia'  and featured a key-note address by the Thai Ambassador to the Netherlands, and scholar Dr. Andreas Ufen from the GIGI Institute of Asian Studies and the University of Hamburg.  Ten PhD candidates from Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia from our SEA ASEAN centre also presented, organized into two sessions, the first on comparative research and regional ASEAN studies, and the second on national and sub-national research with implications for governance, development, and the realization of the SDGs.

The conference dinner for the Ambassador was hosted by RuG President Jouke de Vries, with all speakers, and Law Professor Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi and Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, Director of SEA ASEAN.

https://www.rug.nl/about-us/internationalization/news-and-events/2019/fall-conference-sea-asean-centre

I wish to draw your attention to the upcoming fall conference October 10-11 of our Southeast Asia Centre SEA ASEAN, titled 'Governance for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia.'
Our PhD candidates from the region, and invited speakers from Thailand, the GIGA Center of Asia Studies, Hamburg, and the University of Groningen will be participating. The political key-note will be at 16.00 at the Old Court Room, Oude Boteringestraat 38 by the Ambassador of Thailand. You can find the programme here
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26 September 2019

Prayoga Permana, a Ph.DCandidate in International Political Economy at theUniversity of Groningen representedSEA-ASEAN as a resource person in the seminar on “theASEAN Outlook on theIndo-Pacific: Potentials of thePartnership for theNetherlands and the EU”. Prayoga set thescene by explaining the current challengesof ASEAN Open Skies implementation and the importance of accelerating regulatory convergence among theASEAN member states while negotiating theASEAN-EU Open Skies. The Seminar was held at the Indonesian Embassy in theHague to discuss possible way forward of futurecooperation betweenASEAN countries, theNetherlands and the EU. Over 40 diplomatic officers from Asia-Pacific and theNetherlands have attended thisevent.

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September 16, 2019

Our SEA ASEAN esteemed PhD candidate from Thailand, Naim Laeni, presented a poster at a special event today of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) at the University of Groningen.  The event was attended by Minister van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management.  He was able to make an oral pitch of his poster to her, titled   
'Institutional Design for the Transition to Flood Resilience in Developing Countries.'
Following this special event with the Minister, the Dean of Spatial Sciences, Prof. Oscar Couwenberg and the Director of SEA ASEAN, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, had a meeting with the CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation, Prof. Patrick Verkooijen, concerning collaborative research related to synergies between climate adaptation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on cities in Southeast Asia.
Naim Laeni
Naim Laeni

July 18, 2019  

SEA ASEAN PhD candidates from Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam were invited on a pleasant summer Thursday afternoon, to enjoy a cool refreshment with coffee and cake with the University of Groningen President Jouke de Vries.  The President inquired about their research, their upcoming publication plans, and whether they were enjoying their summer in the city and the surrounding countryside.  After the reception in his office, he invited us all to the university garden, for a bit more of a friendly chat and a photo shoot opportunity under the big tree.  We were pleased later to see the Twitter account updates by the President, as well as the PhD candidates, with the photo.
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January 24, 2019
Many of the SEA ASEAN team were present today for the PhD defense of Kuswanto.  He did a brilliant job of defending his dissertation 'Inward Foreign Investment and Decentralizated Governance System in Indonesia.'  Here Kuswanto being congratulated by his promoters, Prof. Herman Hoen and Prof. Ronald Holzhacker.  Kuswanto will soon return to his position in Jakarta, with the Home Ministry of Indonesia. Congratulations!
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January 13-15

The Director of SEA ASEAN, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, had a busy week visting and lecturing at the University of Washington, Seattle. He first met with Prof. Jan Whittington, one of our long time collaborators on a student exchange program between Urban Planning in Washington and Spatial Sciences in Groningen. She also has been recently engaged with the World Bank and Indonesia. Ron then met Prof. Scott Fritzen from the Evans School of Public Policy & Government, who is affiliated with Washington's Southeast Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies, and has long term experience in China and SE Asia. Finally, Ron met Prof. Celia Lowe, director of the SE Asia Center, and delivered a lecture on the sustainable development goals and SE Asia. This event also served as the US book launch of our new book with Brill publishing, launched in Brussels at the end of October and Jakarta in November.
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November 26, 2018
Wonderful visit by Gadjah Mada University, School of Postgraduate Tourism Studies, including Dr. Adji Kusworo, alumni of our Spatial Planning department. The delegation from UGM was joined by the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, including Mr. Cecep Rukendi, Head of Bureau. The visit focused on master exchange and tourism research with Cultural Geography, Tourism section, led by Dr. Arie Stoffelen, and a visit by the professors, officials, and accompanying Indonesian students to the Leeuwarden campus. Welcome delegation and meetings included Dean Oscar Couwenberg, Dr. Paul van Steen, and SEA ASEAN director Prof Ronald Holzhacker. Agreement was concluded to accept up to five students each year into a master exchange program between UGM and UG.
November 26, 2018
November 26, 2018
November 26, 2018
November 26, 2018
November 26. 2018
November 26. 2018
November 9, 2018
Our Groningen alumni office and Patricia Poppendick coordinated with NUFFIC to organize an alumni event with Indonesians graduates from Universities across the Netherlands, including 25 from the University of Groningen. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces. The event came at the conclusion of the annual student recruitment fare held at the National Library in Jakarta.  The academic theme of the evening was 'Sustainable Communities for Circular Economy.'   As the Indonesian Minister for the Environment, Ms. Siti Nurbaya Baker entered the event to deliver a key note address, SEA ASEAN director Ronald Holzhacker introduced her to the alumni from the University of Groningen who gave her a warm welcome.
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
SEA ASEAN director Ronald Holzhacker visited the NUFFIC student fair held at the National Library of Indonesia. Here with Ponti Caroline from the UG Jakarta recruitment office, we were discussing the opportunities for a prospective bachelor student to study in the Planning department at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. The student's mother was very kind to serve as the photographer! Prof. Holzhacker also interviewed two excellent prospects for the PhD, one former master graduate from Groningen from the humanitarian action program (NOHA) now working on behalf of children's rights for UNICEF, and a master graduate from Spatial Sciences currently working for the Indonesian home ministry. Both are interested in conducting research related to the sustainable development goals, looking at the synergies across the various goals, and multi-level governance approaches to implementation.
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018

October 30, 2018

​​On 30 October 2018, the Embassy organizes a dinner reception for the participants of the SEA ASEAN Fall Conference 2018 ​​by University of Groningen. The Conference was held from 29 - 31 October 2018 in Brussels as a capital of Europe and was part of the University's effort to bring closer institutions and actors in the context of EU - ASEAN relationship.

October 17, 2018

The University of Groningen honored the (former) Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon with an honorary Doctorate degree on October 17, 2018.  The ceremony in the historic Martini church in Groningen was focused on his contributions toward the Global Goals 2030 and the sustainable development goals. The Director of SEA ASEAN, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker and some of the SEA ASEAN scholars from across Southeast Asia were present to congratulate him on this festive day.

Honorary doctorate
Honorary doctorate
Honorary doctorate
Honorary doctorate

October 19, 2018

Engagement of the UG in the international fulfillment of the Global Goals:

Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN organize major conference Challenges of Governance for Innovation, Resilience and Sustainability


September 13, 2018

Judge Pangalangan of the International Criminal Court spoke to SEA ASEAN and faculty and students of the Law faculty on September 13, 2018 in the Old Court Room. The Judge's important speach on 'The Rule of Law in Asia' was delivered as part of the SEA ASEAN Distinguised Speaker Series. This was followed by a meeting with the President of the University, Sibrand Poppema, Prof. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, PhD candidate Stanati Netipatalachoochote, and SEA ASEAN director Prof. Ronald Holzhacker.

Judge Pangalangan of the International Criminal Court
Judge Pangalangan of the International Criminal Court
Group picture
Group picture
Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, Ronald Holzhacker, Judge Pangalangan, Sibrand Poppema, Stanati Netipatalachoochote
Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, Ronald Holzhacker, Judge Pangalangan, Sibrand Poppema, Stanati Netipatalachoochote

SEA ASEAN Distinguished Lecture Series

Lecture Series: The Rule of Law in Asia
Lecture Series: The Rule of Law in Asia

Challenges of Governance for Innovation and Sustainability

Preliminary program for the conference on Challenges of Governance for Innovation and Sustainability, 29th - 31st October 2018: download program

"The conference showcases leading thinkers and policymakers around challenges of governance for innovation, resilience and sustainability. The scope will focus on ASEAN-EU relations and dialogues, exploring the longstanding political and cultural relationship between both regions in light of a sustainable common future. Building upon SEA ASEAN’s key mission is to bridge both regions through research, recruitment and social impact, this conference will serve as a platform to engage our partner institutions within the ASEAN and EU region in an open dialogue and serve as the launch platform for SEA ASEAN’s upcoming publications."

July 17, 2018

Visit and lecture by Ronald Holzhacker at Kyoto University, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), about the sustainable development goals, with the Director Prof. Yoko Hayami.

July 17, 2018
July 17, 2018

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