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NIAS is interested in nominating candidates for Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) based at the University of Copenhagen is interested in nominating candidates for Marie Curie Individual Fellowships. These EU-funded European Fellowships:

  • are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world.
  • can restart a research career after a break, such as parental leave.
  • can help researchers coming back to Europe find a new position.

To apply, you will need a completed PhD, a very strong academic profile and a research proposal of up to 10 pages, in a field involving Asian studies.

NIAS is a regional institute established in 1968, with its own academic press and library services. Administratively, it is located within the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen (see

NIAS supports work in all areas of Asian studies across the social sciences and humanities, but has particular strengths on East and Southeast Asia. Special areas of current interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate and sustainability
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations, especially relations between the Nordic region and Asia
  • Gender
  • Digital media

Because this scheme supports mobility, applicants presently based in Denmark or those who have spent 12 months or more in Denmark over the last three years are not eligible.

Anyone interested in applying should send a CV and a two page outline research proposal to NIAS Director, Duncan McCargo, duncan(at), as an initial expression of interest by 25 July 2020. We will work with selected applicants to prepare the final application and nominate them for the Marie Curie fellowship scheme. Please note that we do not hold any funding ourselves: we are simply making nominations to the programme, with no certainty of success.


Further information is available here:


The Nordic Asia Podcast

The Nordic Asia Podcast is a podcast series co-hosted by Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) in Copenhagen and Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Turku. 
Experts join us in every episode to share their insights about timely topics within Asian Studies.

The inaugural episode was a discussion of the South Korean elections on April 15th with Sabine Burghart from CEAS and Duncan McCargo, Director of NIAS. 

In the second episode NIAS Post Doc Researcher Andreas Bøje Forsby joined Duncan McCargo for a conversation on China-Denmark relations.

Since then, the podcast series has covered a wide range of timely topics on Asia, from ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia with Lucrezia Canzutti, to the COVID-19 lockdown in India Sirpa Tenhunen and Jelena Salmi, the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh with Arild Ruud, and the branding of post-coup Thailand with Petra Desatova.

Listen to it on AsiaPortal.


FES Film Migration and Development

Nias guest researcher Bonn Juego participated in a conference on "Migration and Development: Global Perspectives, Progressive Approaches" organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung early December 2016.

Short videos of the conference have been made


Wilson Center CONTEXT: Who Owns the Arctic? Part I

NIAS Researcher Aki Tonami participated in the international panel of experts at the "Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters" at The Wilson Center, Washington DC. 

Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region.

In part 1 of this series, “Focus on the Arctic,” an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.


Heather Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
Robert Huebert, University of Calgary
Willy Østreng, Norwegian Academy of Polar Research
Aki Tonami, University of Copenhagen
Anne-Marie Brady, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

More information here.


Presentations from Stig Toft Madsen, NIAS, recent visit to India

Senior Research Fellow at NIAS Stig Toft Madsen has travelled in India recently to follow the elections.

While in India, Stig also gave several interviews and presentations, below you can find the links to a couple of these.

Talk at Nehru Memorial in New Delhi on the farmers’ movement and globalization in Karnataka. To listen to the presentation, please click here

Interviewed for the program called Indian Standard Time by Jyoti Malhotra on Rajya Sabha TV. The interview is available on Youtube, click here

NIAS researcher Aki Tonami gives presentation at Arctic 2014

On May 21 2014 Aki Tonami gave a presentation at the "Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters"
at The Wilson Center, Washington DC.

The event was co-hosted under the Wilson Center’s new Polar Initiative by the Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Asia Program, Canada Institute, China Environment Forum, Kennan Institute, and Global Europe Program and featured analyses analyses by:

Ms. Heather A. Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies, on U.S. Arctic Policies
Dr. Marlène Laruelle, George Washington University, on Russia’s Arctic Policies
Dr. Robert Huebert, University of Calgary, on Canada’s Arctic Policies:
Mr. Willy Østreng, Norwegian Academy of Polar Research, on the Arctic Policies of Nordic states
Dr. Aki Tonami, University of Copenhagen, on Arctic policies of Korea, Japan and Singapore
Dr. Anne-Marie Brady, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, on China’s Arctic Policies

To see the presentation,  please follow the link (Aki Tonami's presentations starts 1.10 in)

NNC Conference and Ph.D Course - Soenderborg 2013

The 7th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference was hosted by University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg 4–8 November 2013. The theme for the conference was ”The Power of Knowledge: Asia and the West”. It was co-organized by SDU’s Negot in Chinese/Institute of Design and Communication at University of Southern Denmark, and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS).


New publication by NIAS researchers

Stewart Watters and Aki Tonami have written "Japan og Singapore i Arktis: Overvejelser for Grønland", TIDSSKRIFTET GRØNLAND, 1/2013, pp.2-17.

There is a growing awareness in the Nordic region of Asia’s increased interest in the Arctic region and Arctic affairs, including in relation to Greenland. However, with the possible exception of China, there has been little Western scholarly work to analyze exactly why Asian countries are interested in the Arctic. Looking at the Arctic engagement of Japan and Singapore, this paper finds that their interest in the Polar Regions is not necessarily a new phenomenon and that Arctic policy, as with the development of other foreign policy objectives, is a complex mix of national, bureaucratic and group interests. For Greenlandic and Danish policymakers, it may be useful to understand the genesis of Japan and Singapore’s Arctic policies and that their interest is complex and multi-faceted.

To read more, please follow the link

Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy

NIAS Researcher Aki Tonami has written a blog  article for the Arctic Institute, Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy.

To read the full blog, please follow the link

Interview with NIAS researcher Min Dongchao

Professor Min Dongchao is being interviwed by Mai Corlin, Ph.D. student, Aarhus University for

Gender inequality is not simply the unfair treatment of men and women. It is a complex issue tied to a whole range of disparities in society at large, argues Professor Min Dongchao, who has just been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship and will be a guest professor at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies for the next few years. Her object of study is the travels of gender theory between the Nordic countries and China.

To read the full interview, click here