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.
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).