About us

Founded in 2005, the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS):

  • Engages, through research, teaching and consultancy, with the increasingly globally significant political economies and societies of the East Asian (including Southeast Asian) region
  • Brings together expertise from a wide range of disciplines to understand the dynamics of development in key East Asian countries and their consequences for the region itself and for other parts of the world, including Europe
  • Together with the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies produces Masters and PhD graduates who are equipped to operate effectively in a growing range of organisations with an East Asian focus
  • Hosts seminar and lecture series and conferences to advance our research agenda and to help communicate with policy makers and the public more widely
  • Works to ensure that the University of Bristol is a leading centre for research, teaching and communication on East Asia


The East Asian region and its constituent countries have long been central to our global future. Today its economies and its politics, its geo-political fractures, its environmental problems and its globalising cultures all present major challenges for Europe and for Britain, as they do for other parts of the world. At the University of Bristol we seek to understand East Asia in all its diversity, engage with it, and prepare for a century in which a number of East Asian countries have emerged as global players. CEAS helps to equip the University of Bristol to play a prominent role in that project. It brings together a core of researchers and scholars from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies and associates from across the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law and from the School of Historical Studies to provide interdisciplinary expertise to direct and lead world-class research into contemporary East Asia, its historical foundations and its global impacts.


We invite you to make full use of this website and encourage you to contact us with any queries you may have. In the first instance, please contact: Dan Hemings (dan.hemings@bristol.ac.uk).