EIAS Projects

EIAS works within various thematic areas on which it publishes original research and regularly organises events. It is furthermore engaged in several long-term projects with a multitude of partners, which are listed below.

Ongoing projects

April 2013 onwards - Japan's relationship with the EU is of mutual interest and based on shared values and objectives to jointly tackle global issues. In a changing global environment, Japan remains one of the most important countries in the Asian region and the world at large. This programme will take stock of the state of affairs surrounding Japan's international relations and its relationship with the EU.

September 2012 onwards - The goal of this project is to stimulate and assist Indian civil society organisations to assert their position and coordinated action with regard to the social and human rights impacts of the EU-India FTA. In cooperation with the Ambekar Institute for Labour Studies and the Maniben Kara Institute and with the support of the European Union.

September 2011 onwards - The EU-China Youth Policy Dialogue provides a platform for discussion and exchange of views between Young EU and Chinese citizens. It provides action plans and policy-recommendations to European and Chinese policy-makers, as well as other stakeholders, in the different fields prioritised by the project. In cooepration with Chinese Association for European Studies, with support from European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture and the Guanghua Foundation.

July 2012 onwards - Lotus is an Erasmus Mundus Action Two Partnership (EMA2) of European and South-East Asian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Associations aiming at fostering mutual enrichment and better understanding between the EU and South-East Asia (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand), through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level and to co-operate in the following program activities: Mobility of undergraduate and graduate students, Mobility of PhD students, Post-doc mobility, Academic and administrative staff mobility.

January 2011 onwards - Internationally recognised core labour standards have been increasingly accepted as an important feature in the overall respect for human rights. The overall objective of this project is to develop the capacity of vulnerable groups of workers effectively to access basic labour rights in India’s labour markets. In cooperation with the Institute of Social Science (ISS) in Dehli, the Maniben-Kara Labour Institute MKI (Mumbai), the Ambekar Institute for Labour Studies AILS (Mumbai) and the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (Jamshedpur) (XLRI)

Since 1994 – The European Commission recognises the international dimension of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and is determined to “continue to promote CSR globally”. The EIAS CSR Project has three components: compiling a database on CSR; stimulating an exchange of information about activities and best practices; and making this database available to university-based management courses to sustain credible analyses of CSR activities and the inclusion of stakeholders’ views.

Previous projects

2009-2012 - China is one of the largest and most challenging economies in the world. It represents a huge economic potential, but also poses a number of difficulties for EU businesses - especially SMEs - trying to enter the market. Understanding China addresses these needs by creating a new business dialogue on China-related issues.

2006-2007 - The European Commission initiated the Europe-China Academic Network (ECAN) as a mechanism for promoting EU-China knowledge and research within Europe. ECAN has the overall objective of fostering closer cooperation between scattered European research institutions within the field of Contemporary China Studies, in order to help define the European Commission’s cooperation strategy and future policy with regard to China.

1997-2010 - The Alliance, established in 1997, aims to bring together fragmented forces in Asian Studies in Europe to facilitate scholarly excellence to the benefit of the respective national research environments. EIAS is a key members of the European Alliance for Asian Studies, a co-operative framework of European institutes specialising in the study of Asia. Together with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Singapore, the European Alliance for Asian Studies organised a yearly call for workshop proposals.