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The ANU Southeast Asia Institute aims to maintain and promote the role of The Australian National University as the world’s premier institution in the field of Southeast Asian studies, through the conduct of research, the practice of teaching, and a broad range of outreach activities.

To generate greater strategic focus in the Institute's contributions, for 2023-24, SEAI will prioritize initiatives and activities that: 

  • Develop explicitly regional approaches to Southeast Asia, including comparative studies. Our endeavours will complement the country-focused efforts of other ANU Regional Institutes; and 

  • Emphasize the theme of security, broadly-defined. This will include geopolitics and military security, but also the nexi between economics and security, development and security, environment and security, domestic politics and regional security, and 'non- traditional' security issues such as climate change, technological challenges, etc. 

SEAI is led by the Director, Professor Evelyn Goh, who is supported by a Working Committee of six other colleagues from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, as well as an Advisory Board. 

ANU has the largest community of academic specialists on Southeast Asia in the world, outside Southeast Asia itself.

Around eighty academics have significant research interests in Southeast Asia; they supervise close to 200 research students, and teach undergraduate and Masters courses in Southeast Asian studies. Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese languages are taught as full programs, and Tetum and Javanese are offered from time to time. The Institute is located within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, but it serves scholars working on Southeast Asia throughout the University. 

The University’s strength in Southeast Asian studies is based on a long history of national engagement with the region. ANU has trained several generations of Australian diplomats working in Asia, and Ministers in many Southeast Asian governments were educated at ANU.

ANU researchers have provided expert advice to administrations in both Southeast Asia and Australia and have been engaged with community groups of many kinds. The University’s Southeast Asia research has strongly shaped national and international understandings of the region. The primary scope of the Institute covers Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, as well as ASEAN as the major regional organization, but the University’s researchers also engage with Southeast Asia’s numerous connections with its neighbors by land and by sea, and with the wider world. 


The Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security (GRADNAS) initiative aims to build an international network of scholars undertaking cutting-edge research on strategic and security issues in Asia. GRADNAS promotes Asian security research that effectively combines conceptual rigour and innovation with deep empirical analysis.

Women in International Security

Women in International Security

Women in International Security is an intiative jointly sponsored by the ANU Gender Institute and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Consisting of research, career development, and policy dialogue seminars, this series showcases the work of prominent women in the fields of international security.

New Mandala

New Mandala

New Mandala provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Southeast Asia. It devotes its attention to the politics and societies of Southeast Asian countries, and their connections with one another. New Mandala has a proud record of contribution to scholarly and popular debates and played a pioneering role in the digitisation of Southeast Asian studies.

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If you have an interest in Southeast Asian Studies studies and/or language we encourage you to become a member (ANU staff or student) or affiliate (non-ANU person) of the ANU Southeast Asia Institute.

Membership of the Institute is open to all ANU academic staff, professional staff, emeritus faculty, and students studying for higher degrees by research and who hold a current University email address.

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