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Honorary Research Associates


Directors of Area Research Centres

Chris Rea, Centre for Chinese Research

Mandakranta Bose, Centre for India and South Asia Research

Christina Laffin, Centre for Japanese Research

Shigenori Matsui, Centre for Japanese Research

Kyung-Ae Park, Centre for Korean Research

Nathan Hesselink, Centre for Korean Research

Kai Ostwald, Centre for Southeast Asia Research


Mandakranta Bose Profile

Terry McGee Profile

Yunshik Chang

John Wood profile

Sam Ho

Dan Overmyer Profile

Diana Lary Profile







Honorary Professors

Jack AustinCanadian politician and member of the Canadian Senate 1975-2007

Louis Cha, Chinese culture and literature



Robert E. BedeskiProfessor Emeritus, Department of Political Science at UVic. Human Security and Peace, and Asian and Pacific Studies

Earl Drake profile, Former senior public servant and diplomat with ambassadorial-level postings to China, Indonesia and World Bank


Joseph CaronFormer senior public servant and diplomat with ambassadorial postings in Japan, China and India.
















 Faculty Associates

Rick Barichello profile, food security, poverty alleviation, regulated agricultural markets and farm quotas, rural-urban lindages, trade policy, world food markets

Chris BennettInternational resource economics and institutions, project monitoring and evaluation; work experience with bilateral and multilateral donors, the private sector and Non-Government Organizations, primarily in Indonesia, and for shorter periods in China, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam

Rebecca Chau profileJapanese linguistics with a focus on speech acts and modality and its application in language teaching

David Edgington profile Japanese urban and regional development; Japanese international trade and overseas investment; Australia and New Zealand

Hani FarisMiddle East politics, conflict resolution & political development

Nathan Hesselink profileSouth Korean traditional percussion genres, such as South Korean drumming and dance, contemporary Korean drumming, and the rebirth of itinerant performance culture

Christina Laffin profile, Japanese medieval travel diaries; women’s education and socialization before 1600; poetic practices and waka culture; theories of travel, gender, and autobiography; noh theatre; and comparative approaches to medieval literature

Michael Leaf profile, Urbanization and planning in cities of developing countries, with particular interest in Asian cities

Li Xiaojun profile, An institutional explanation of China's accession to the world trade organization

Shigenori Matsui profileJapanese legal system, including the supreme court, constitutional precedents, and business law

Anne Murphy profileHistorical formation of religious communities in Punjab and northern South Asia, with particular but not exclusive attention to the Sikh tradition

Adheesh Sathaye profileEarly medieval Sanskrit drama, aesthetics, and narrative literature. Doctoral research involved the Sanskrit epics, Marathi devotional performance traditions, and theories of textual production, performance, and folkloristics

Ian Townsend-Gault profileInternational Law of the Sea; Maritime Co-operation; Marine Environmental Protection; International Law of Human Rights; International Justice Issues

Mark Turin profilelanguage conservation, documentation and endangerment; mapping cultural diversity; oral traditions and digital ethnography; the Himalayan region (particularly in Nepal, northern India and Bhutan) and First Nations Languages in the Pacific Northwest

Honorary Research Associates

Vidyut Aklujkar (CISAR), Indic belles lettres in general and saint poetry, particularly Marathi,Hindi, English and Sanskrit; creative writing and translation of literature, religious studies/philosophy

Gordon Longmuir (CSEAR),Canada's strategic interests in South (mainly India) and Southeast Asia (special expertise in Cambodia)


Mustafa Alam (CISAR), Development economics, with special interest in integrated water resources management, climate change impacts and adaptation measures

Hyunji Lee (IAR),Public opinion and policies about issues that entail risk and uncertainty; impacts of parties and electoral systems on policy-making (S. Korea and Taiwan); and gender differences in public opinion


Alison Bailey (CCR) profileIntersections between the individual and the state in Chinese culture; soft power, media, film, CSR; Canada-China relations

Jim Placzek (CSEAR), South East Asian ethnic origins and culture history, Theravada Buddhism and Thai language


Maya Tevet Dayan (CISAR), the Mucukunda paintings in the Tyagarajasvami Temple, Tiruvarur

.Richard Paisley (IAR), International water and energy law, international environmental law, negotiations and environmental conflict resolution


Kate G. Frieson (CSEAR), Cambodian political history, democratization and decentralization, and gender equity

Hayes, Jack Patrick (CCR), China Environmental Science and Sustainability


Sanzida Habib (CISAR), mental health among South Asian immigrants in Canada

Raghavendra Rao (CISAR), Contemporary visual art, visual and material culture, performance art, and performance studies


Yuko Shibata (CJR), Overseas Japanese and immigrant experiences in Canada, i.e., language and culture, shifting identities, Nikkei (Japanese Canadian) women; adult socialization; and life narratives and writings





Yuen Pau Woo Senior Fellow in Public Policy Asian economic issues; trade and investment policy; Canada-Asia relations

Gisèle Yasmeen  Senior Fellow South and Southeast Asia: urban foodscapes and food-security, economic empowerment (specifically women's microenterprises)


Michael Goldberg Senior Fellow 
Urban transportation and urban land use; international real estate development; urban and regional economic development and governance.





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