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Call for applications: Postdoctoral fellowship for Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies

This news release has been adapted from the announcement posted on the website of the Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at Kyoto University, Japan, has opened a call for applications for a two-year CSEAS Postdoctoral Fellowship under its program “Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies.”

Southeast Asia, through its regional inter-governmental institution of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), has emerged as a hub for Asian community-building. The highly diverse societies in this region have undergone rapid social, economic, political and environmental changes.

Under this six-year program funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), CSEAS aims to establish several sub-projects that are solution-oriented. By developing a “transdisciplinary platform”, the Center seeks to generate a practical dialogue between academic and non-academic stakeholders for transformative research on the ASEAN region.

CSEAS attends to a variety of issues, such as:

1) environmental degradation
2) natural resource governance
3) economic growth and distribution
4) democratization
5) aging, health, and welfare
6) urbanization and depopulation
7) emerging infectious diseases
8) natural disasters

The root causes of these pressing issues must be understood and solutions must be sought beyond the confinement of nationalism, academic disciplinarity, and barriers separating academic and non-academic stakeholders.

This transdisciplinary program seeks to promote sustainable development in Southeast Asia by analyzing the complex interactions between ecological and socio-political environments; by developing strategies and techniques for managing social, political, economic, cultural and environmental challenges; and by creating a platform for dialogue among scholars from across disciplines (including the natural sciences) and with practitioners in non-academic institutions, government, non-government, and international organizations (for further information, visit the CSEAS website).

One or two postdoctoral fellowships will be offered. The postdoctoral fellowship will be for two years, with a starting date of January 9, 2018. The fellowship is intended to provide an up-and-coming researcher with the time, space, and financial as well as institutional support necessary to produce outstanding scholarship that will promote the study of sustainable societies in Southeast Asia.

CSEAS seeks applicants from a diversity of backgrounds who are academically inclined and interested, including government, civil society, grassroots organizations, and business. We are particularly interested in candidates who work across these boundaries and are motivated to fulfill the aims and purposes of the Center’s research program. Such candidates should be in a position to help CSEAS expand and strengthen its research and professional networks throughout Northeast and Southeast Asia.

For futher information including on qualifications and required documents for application, see the original announcement.



June 14, 2017


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