Southeast Asian Studies section
Research

Research

Research in Southeast Asia at the University of Passau is grounded in the social sciences and focuses on post-colonial social transformation processes.To this end, both research and teaching analyse the results of empirical field studies in relation to general ideas and approaches in the field of social sciences. The aim is to identify commonalities and differences among countries and sub-regions through theoretically-grounded comparative case studies.

Research topics

Of particular interest are the tensions and dynamics generated by the modernization process underway in Southeast Asia. Specific topics include the emergence of new institutions and stakeholder groups, competition over access to resources, and the interactions between local and global-scale processes that give rise to these phenomena. To ensure that close links are maintained between teaching and research activities, key areas of research correspond to specialist modules taught in the Master’s programs:

  • Conflict, catastrophe and nation building
  • Urban development
  • Development policy and process
  • Culture, religion and gender

Self-organized work groups for the generation of new knowledge are part of our epistemological culture. Academic staff members and doctoral and Master’s students are encouraged to undertake research in related topics, to facilitate a fruitful exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Most research projects are financed by third parties, including the German Research Foundation (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and through doctoral research grants from organizations such as the Foundation of German Economics (SDW). More information can be found in the current Research Report 2013.

Ongoing research projects

IndORGANIC - The societal transformation of agriculture into bioeconomy - Turning Indonesia organic?
Project Leaders: Prof. Dr. Martina Padmanabhan and Prof. Dr. Michael Grimm
Supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) 
Implementation period: 12/2016 - 11/2019
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Politics of History and Culture of Memory in Vietnam

Project Leader: Martin Großheim
Supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Implementation Period: 08/2014 - 07/2017

Completed Research Projects

Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts (DLLM)
Joint project of the National Library of Laos, University of Passau, and the Berlin State Library.
Project Leader: Harald Hundius
Supported until 2011 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2011 the project has been financed by the University of Passau.
Implementation periods: 2007–2011 (Phase 1); 2011–2016 (Phase 2)
Further information is available on the DLLM-Homepage.

BioDiva: Transformation-Knowledge Towards a Gender-Equitable and Sustainable Use of BiodiversityProject
Leader: Martina Padmanabhan
Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF),
Implementation period: 2010 - 2014
Further information is available on the BioDiva Homepage.

Fact Finding Mission Myanmar
Coordinators: Rüdiger Korff, Sascha Helbardt, Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam
Supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Start date: 2012

Comparative Study of Broadcasting Media Organisation and Contents Regulation in Southeast Asia
Coordinators: Rüdiger Korff, Sascha Helbardt
Supported by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)
Implementation period: 2013

Democracy with Information Pluralism for Community Radio in Thailand
Coordinators: Rüdiger Korff, Sascha Helbardt
Researchers: Pitch Pongsawat (Chulalongkorn University), Sombut Roopkhamdee (National Institute of Development Administration - NIDA), Punnaporn Archawaranon (University of Passau)
Supported by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)
Implementation period: August 2013 – June 2014

UrbanSelf - A North-South-Network on Urban Self-Organisation and Public Life in Europe, India and China
Coordinators: Rüdiger Korff, Eberhard Rothfuss (Chair of Anthropological Geography, University of Passau)
Supported under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development by the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)
Implementation period: July 2011 - June 2014

Joint Research Projects 

See our research reports of 2005 and 2011.

Completed Habilitations

Jary Saraswati (2010)
Die indonesische Mittelklasse. Eine Theorie der Entwicklungsklasse
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter

Martin Großheim (2009)
Die Partei und der Krieg: Debatten und Dissens in Nordvietnam
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff
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Tim Kaiser (2014)
Dynamic actors and shifting modernity in Vinh City Vietnam
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, Prof. Dr. Sandra Kurfürst
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Mario Wilhelm (2012)
Approaching Disaster Vulnerability in a Megacity: Community Resilience to Flooding in two Kampungs in Jakarta
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, Prof. Dr. Tilman Schiel
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Sandra Kurfürst (2011):
Redefining public space in Hanoi: Places, practices and meaning
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, Prof. Dr. Tilman Schiel, PD Dr. Martin Großheim
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Sascha Helbardt (2011):
Deciphering Southern Thailand's violence: Organization and insurgent practices of BRN-Coordinate
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam

Stefanie Wehner (2011):
Transformation of rural space from an institutional perspective - Socio-economic development and land use change in Xishuangbanna Southwest China
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, PD Dr. Sylvia Herrmann
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Martin Hintz (2010):
Micro-Impact: Deconstruction the complex impact process of a simple microinsurance product in Indonesia
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter, Prof. Dr. Tilman Schiel
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Ruth Tigges (2009):
Professionals and governance: Juggling actors in the reform of the Cambodian administration
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff, Prof. Dr. Tilman Schiel, Prof. Dr. Dieter Neubert
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Patcharin Nawichai (2008):
Ethnic Group Livelihood Strategies and State Integration: Moken and the Hill People in Negotiation with the State
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff
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Mohammad Ataur Rahmann (2007):
Capabilities and Social Networks: Poverty and Development Analysis in Selected Areas in Bangladesh
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Korff

Nguyen Quang Hung (2003):
Katholizismus in Vietnam von 1954-1975
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm, Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben
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Pham Quang Minh (2002):
Die Entwicklung der Argrarpolitik in Vietnam von der Landreform der 50er Jahre bis zur Reformpolitik der 80er Jahre in Theorie und Praxis
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm, Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben
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Pham Hong Tung (2002):
Die Politisierung der Massen in Vietnam, 1925-1939
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm, Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben
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I Ketut Ardhana (2000):
Nusa Tenggara (Südost-Indonesien) nach Einrichtung der Kolonialherrschaft, 1915-1950
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm

Eva-Maria Schwinghammer (1996)
Neue Wirtschaftskonzepte in Indonesien und Malaysia. Voraussetzungen und Auswirkungen im Vergleich
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm, Prof. Dr. Harald Hundius

Martin Großheim (1996):
Kontinuität und Wandel in nordvietnamesischen Dorfgemeinschaften vom Beginn der Kolonialzeit bis zum Ende der Vietnam-Kriege
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm, Prof. Dr. Harald Hundius, Prof. Dr. Lulei

Volker Schult (1990):
Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft der Insel Mindoro im 20. Jahrhundert. Anpassungen und Verzögerungen im Entwicklungsprozess einer philippinischen Insel
Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dahm, Prof. Dr. Steinbach