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Southeast Asia Research Group to be managed by Duke Center for International Development

The Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG), a network of scholars in political science and allied disciplines who are working at the forefront of Southeast Asian studies, is now housed in the Duke Center for International Development (DCID).

SEAREG promotes research on Southeast Asia that is theoretically informed, analytically sophisticated and methodologically precise. Its biannual conferences provide networking opportunities, as well as a forum for presenting and discussing the best new research by young social scientists working on Southeast Asian studies.

In addition to managing SEAREG’s operations, DCID will co-host the SEAREG 2023 Winter Conference with Wake Forest University, Dec. 7-9, on Duke's campus.

"I’m excited to have SEAREG join DCID," said Edmund Malesky, professor of political economy and director of DCID. "Southeast Asia comprises some of the world’s most dynamic economies and fascinating political systems. The work that SEAREG scholars are producing in understanding this diverse region is closely aligned with the core research foci of the center and will inform our programming in other regions."

The Henry Luce Foundation, who has supported SEAREG since 2015, recently awarded DCID $261,000 in funding for the next two years (2024-2025) to support SEAREG’s activities, including biannual conferences, mentorship for PhD candidates and fellowship support for pre-dissertation research in Southeast Asia.

DCID, a unit within Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, focuses on promoting sustainable development through its research, education and engagement with students, policy makers, practitioners, development partners, civil society and the private sector.