Asian Studies Research Group

Founded in 2015, the Asian Studies Research Group helps scholars from across our University to meet together to advance the contemporary and historical study of Asia’s diverse societies and environments. 

The group comprises people who are fascinated by different parts of Asia and recognise that our understanding of this vast continent can be deepened through inter-disciplinary and cross-case study comparisons.

It provides a platform for conversations and collaborations between Asian Studies researchers in the Schools of Modern Languages (SML), History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA), Geography, Politics and Sociology (GPS), and Architecture, Planning and Landscape (APL) - and beyond.


Joanne Smith Finley, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University.

James Babb, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University.

Andrew Law, Senior Lecturer in Town Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Newcastle University.

Nick Megoran, Reader in Political Geography, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University.

Further information

If you would be interested in presenting your research to the group, or you would like to receive further information about our activities, please get in touch with any of the above convenors.

Upcoming events

Moving screening: Kite Zhang's Kites

This film screening will be held at the Star and Shadow Cinema, in Newcastle.

The 'correction' of the Muslim mind in Xinjiang

State violation of private spaces and the 'correction' of the Muslim mind in Xinjiang, China - Old Library Building 2.20