Global Asia in the 21st Century

In the modern world, Asia features prominently on the global stage – be it in the shape of social, economic, cultural, religious, political or technological change. This coming of age, increasingly called the “Asia Turn”, defines the focus of the Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21) research platform. GA21 takes a leading role in identifying and researching key issues that impact Asia, its communities and beyond. It locates ‘Asia in the Global’ and the ‘Global in Asia’ through a multidisciplinary focus on people, organisations and society.

Research clusters

Industry, Market and Social Analytics 

Explores the intersectionality between markets, industry and society to understand behaviours for improving the socioeconomic well-being of communities and countries in the Asian region. This cluster focuses on how Asian firms interact with and respond to the dynamics of changing market structures. It studies consumer behaviour within specific institutional, national and regional socio-political contexts using empirical methods to understand how these dynamics impact societies in the region and globally.

Core expertise and capabilities:

  • Behaviour of Consumers, Firms and Society
  • Data Analytics for Decision-Making
  • Innovation and Industry Competitiveness

Culture, Values and Society 

Asian societies are undergoing rapid social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental changes. These changes often manifest in the transformations of cultures, values, and society in these contexts. This research cluster explores the dynamics of those transformations and their broader implications.

Core expertise and capabilities:

  • Social and Cultural Change
  • Human Rights, Gender, Citizenship and Freedom
  • Social Movements and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Politics and Governance

Science, Technology and Sustainable Communities 

Science and technology interact with and shape society in a complex dynamic manner and enable corporations, social groups and individuals to connect with and create novel and transformative experiences. Advances in science and technology increasingly define the nature of life, health and wellbeing, work and play. Researchers in this cluster explore transformative changes taking place across a vast range of arenas, from rudimentary automation of daily chores to complete re-imagination of social spaces, economic activity and life.

Core expertise and capabilities:

  • Social Networks and Media Communications
  • Technology, Science and Health & Wellbeing
  • Industry Transformation Through Advanced Technologies
  • Technology and Economic Development
  • Sustainable Development

Key expertise

The platform supports diverse research clusters where communities of multidisciplinary scholars come together to establish and critically interrogate research themes that explore Asia’s economic, social, political and social emergence on the global platform.

Specialist services

  • Collaborative research
  • Fee for service
  • Training
  • Analytical services
  • Consultancy

For more information, please visit Global Asia in the 21st Century.