The research clusters of CSEAS are the Research Divisions of Socio-Cultural Studies, Economics Studies and Politics & Strategic Studies,. The mission of each research divisions is to promote Southeast Asian studies mainly based on humanities and social sciences respectively.
Division of Socio-Cultural Studies
This division explores the changing interactions of culture, society, and ecology through perspectives that challenge the disciplinary and geographic boundaries shaping past studies of Southeast Asia. It studies social transformations, cultural aspects of production, the creation of borderland spaces, and everyday life, as well as religion, knowledge practices, the institution of culture, and gender and human rights and sustainable development.
Division of Economics Studies
This division of Economic studies of Southeast Asia in the context of globalization and regionalization. With the increasing importance of Asia as a economic center, Southeast Asia has emerged as one of the key regions in Asia. The division aims to analyze fundamental transformations in arena of the political economy in Southeast Asia such as economic regionalization, neo-liberal economic trend and its reactions, and democratization and decentralization.
Division of Politics and Strategic Studies
This division of Politics and Strategic studies of Southeast Asia in the context of globalization. With the increasing importance of Asia as a political center, Southeast Asia has emerged as one of the key regions in Asia. The division aims to analyze fundamental transformations in politic and security issues in Southeast Asia such as regional security, peace and democracy.