The goal of the LeidenAsiaCentre is to generate academic-level knowedge on modern East Asia that can be applied within Dutch society. To be able to achieve this, the LeidenAsiaCentre actively works to build and apply its expertise in discussion with diverse societal partners, in particular the business sector, the social midfield, the media, government bodies and other academic and non-academic knowledge centres.
Collaborating on research
The LeidenAsiaCentre involves societal partners in identifying and developing core themes that best match the needs of the parties concerned and that are in line with our own capacities, unique expertise and academic network. We also involve our partners in formulating specific research questions. Finding the right answers starts with asking the right questions. The ensuing research will be carried out under our own supervision by academics and other researchers both in and outside the Netherlands who are affiliated with our Centre.
We invite societal parties to become involved in the relevant research. For ‘China in the Netherlands’, such parties are primarily Chinese companies and investors and knowledge institutions. Government bodies (including municipalities) also take part. For the research on North Korean forced labourers, we are in contact with Amnesty and the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking. Another research project, on the growing influx of tourists from Asia, can count on the interest and cooperation of municipalities, hotel and restaurant organisations and educational institutions. The LeidenAsiaCentre is also open to businesses and organisations that approach us with their own specific research requirements.
Partners in disseminating knowledge
A substantial part of the collaboration focuses on the following stage: disseminating the results of the research. This is mainly in the hands of the societal partners, who make the research findings available to a broad public via their network or by means of joint meetings or publications.
Anyone who has a research question can approach the LeidenAsiaCentre. In some cases a question can be incorporated into our current research activities. When assessing whether we can convert a question into new research, the key focal areas of the LeidenAsiaCentre itself play a primary role. For the coming two years (2016-2017) these topics are: China in the Netherlands (the role of Chinese investments; the impact of Chinese students and knowledge workers), the Netherlands in China (the image of the Netherlands in (social) media and Chinese media in Europe) and Human Rights. We also explore the theme of urban development and urban planning.
Our current partners
We can also be reached by telephone: 071-527 2541.