PhD course: Global Engagement of East Asian Countries, Dec 11-12, 2014

This PhD course is arranged in connection with the “Political Economy of the Northern Sea Route” workshop held in Turku, Finland December 11, 2014. PhD candidates with a focus on global activities of East Asian countries (China, Japan, Koreas) are invited to participate in the two-day event. The PhD course consists of both a research workshop and a half-day PhD seminar with parallel sessions. During the seminar each student presents a paper on his/her topic as well as receives feedback from one or two experienced specialists from East Asian and European countries as well as other PhD students. The course thus provides an inspiring chance to learn and develop the PhD work through multidisciplinary, intercultural discussion.

Suitable topics include e.g. energy and resource security, food security, land grabbing policies, environmental responsibility, world trade, global investments, overseas development assistance, soft power, local-global linkages, peacekeeping operations and many more. Candidates from different stages of their PhD project are encouraged to participate in the course. PhD candidates can also present a research proposal in the seminar.

The working language of the research workshop and the PhD seminar is English. The length of the papers is 8-10,000 words (all inclusive). Full participation in the research workshop and the PhD seminar will correspond to a workload of 2 ECTS, or 4 ECTS if the PhD candidate also writes a learning diary of 4-5, 000 words. The credits will be granted by the University of Turku.

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Preliminary list of speakers and supervisors

  • Scott Bremer, Researcher, University of Bergen, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities
  • Jong Kun Choi, Professor, Yonsei University, Department of Political Science
  • Xiaonan Cong, Dr, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies
  • Christopher M. Dent, Professor of East Asia’s International Political Economy, University of Leeds, Department of East Asian Studies
  • Lassi Heininen, Professor, University of Lapland, International Relations
  • Natsuhiko Otsuka, Dr, North Japan Port Consultants Co., Ltd; Hokkaido
  • Vijay Sakhuja, Research Director, Indian Council of World Affairs
  • Aki Tonami, Researcher, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Asia in the changing Arctic




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  • 24 October – Deadline of abstracts (max 300 words)
  • 3 November – Decisions on acceptance
  • 30 November – Deadline for full papers (8-10,000 words)
  • 11-12 December – Workshop and seminar



The organizers will cover necessary accommodation costs of all PhD candidates who present a paper in the PhD seminar. Domestic travel of PhD candidates who are registered at a member university of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies will also be covered. Thanks to financial support from NIAS (the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies) travel costs of four PhD candidates from Nordic countries can be subsidised with max 180 euro.


Please send you abstract (ca 300 words) to Liisa Kauppila ( including also the following information: contact details, academic affiliation. The deadline of abstracts is Friday October 24th.


For more information, please contat Senior Lecturer Outi Luova at


The PhD course is organized by the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies and the “Political Economy of the Northern Sea Route” -research network. The workshop and the PhD seminar have received generous funding from the Asia Network, Wihuri Foundation, Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.