Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN)
The aim of the SEA-ASEAN centre is to further inter-disciplinary research on contemporary Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
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.
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.
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.
October 27, 2020
SEA ASEAN and its director participated in a webinar with students and faculty from Diponegoro University in Semarang, Indonesia. Some of the other speakers were the head of the Environmental Science PhD program at the university, and the Director General of Climate Change Control, Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, Indonesia. There were 275 on-line participants for the on-line event. Prof. Holzhacker discussed the search for critical synergies between the sustainable development goals and climate change in Southeast Asia.
October 2020: European Research Days 'How to Prepare a Good Phd Research Proposal' for High Quality, Innovative Research with Social Impact
The European Union in cooperation with EURAXESS organized a series of webinars for 'European Research Days' in October 2020. The session highlighting study opportunities between Indonesia and The Netherlands, was the best attended live seminar in the series, and also is available for later viewing. The session was organized by Peter van Tuigl, Director of Nuffic/Neso Indonesia and brought together a number of scholars from across the Netherlands and Indonesia.
The director of SEA ASEAN, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker delivered a presentation on 'How to Prepare a Good PhD Research Proposal.'
October 2020: EU BRECIL Project: Increasing social science research capacity in Southeast Asia
The SEA ASEAN research centre and its director, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, are involved in the EU project ‘BRECIL’ focused on improving social science research at leading universities in Malaysia and Laos. On October 16, 2020 the team participated in an EU Research Webinar for this project, focused on effective research governance to increase the quality and social impact of social science research in Southeast Asia. Prof. Holzhacker delivered a presentation and powerpoint focused on 4 key themes for effective research governance at universities.
Central vs Decentralized research governance
Top down versus bottom up, role of central administration vs. faculties/departments.
How to assist individual talented researchers who conduct research
Quantitative vs Qualitative governance
Around the world we see a lot of attention for quantitative research governance, often meaning simply counting articles. We also focus on more qualitative aspects of research governance.
Social science research may have a great impact on policymaking, stakeholders, attention to the most vulnerable.
Download more information about the BRECIL project and the powerpoint or visit https://aei.um.edu.my/erasmusdays-webinar-on-brecil#
November 1, 2019
Diani Indah Rachmitasari, SEA ASEAN Ph.D. candidate, conducts research about thepowers and recommendations of the Indonesian Ombudsman’s in conducting systematic reviews, specifically with regard to supporting public services for people with disabilities in Indonesia. She recently made a very well-received presentation at the Nationale Ombudsman of the Netherlands conference in the Hague, 1 November 2019, where she shared best practices from the Indonesian Ombudsman’s activities related to compulsory recommendations from systematic reviews in reducing maladministration and reforming public services.
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.
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.
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.
26 September 2019
Prayoga Permana, a Ph.D Candidate in International Political Economy at the University of Groningen represented SEA-ASEAN as a resource person in the seminar on “the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific: Potentials of the Partnership for the Netherlands and the EU”. Prayoga set the scene by explaining the current challenges of ASEAN Open Skies implementation and the importance of accelerating regulatory convergence among the ASEAN member states while negotiating the ASEAN-EU Open Skies. The Seminar was held at the Indonesian Embassy in the Hague to discuss possible way forward of future cooperation between ASEAN countries, the Netherlands and the EU. Over 40 diplomatic officers from Asia-Pacific and the Netherlands have attended this event.
September 16, 2019
The Director of SEA ASEAN, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, had a busy week visiting 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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