The Pacific Asia Programme

The Pacific Asia Programme (PAP) is the largest single research programme in the social sciences for the analysis of modern Pacific Asia. The Programme is funded (£2.2million) by the United Kingdom's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the largest research agency addressing economic and social issues in the UK. The ESRC aims to provide high quality research on issues of importance to the business, the public sector and government. The ESRC is an independent organisation established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by government.

The Pacific Asia Programme was funded for five years from 1994 because of a strong interest in the dynamic economic growth in Pacific Asia and an awareness of how the changes in the region have begun to change our ways of thinking about economic growth, international relations and political culture. The PAP builds upon the fact that the UK has the leading concentration of academic resources in Europe on Pacific Asia. The basic objectives of the Programme are as follows:

The initial call for bids stimulated 173 applications and the Commissioning Panel approved 19 projects, including an intriguing mix of established and young scholars. The projects also span the full breadth of the social sciences, providing encouragement to the belief that UK expertise is both broad and deep. Many of the 19 projects have received substantial co-funding.

The Programme has been designed to place special emphasis on establishing and sustaining a high profile in the business and policy communities. The PAP, and the annual series of high profile lectures, was launched by the then President of the UK Board of Trade, Michael Heseltine in 1995. The lecture in 1996 was delivered by the Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, with a speech on "Asian Values" (published in the Summer 1996 volume of "Survival").

The Programme also sponsors a major conference each year. In 1995 a major conference was held in conjunction with the Royal Institute of International Affairs on "Prospects for UK Business in Pacific Asia". In 1996, the PAP worked with several European and Asian Institutes and Foundations to sponsor the "Europe in Pacific Asia" conference in Indonesia. The papers from that conference are being edited (by Gerald Segal, Hanns Maull, Jusuf Wanandi) and will appear in "Europe in Pacific Asia", to be published by Routledge in 1998. The conference in 1997 was held at Ditchley Park as part of the operation of the Council for Asia-Europe Cooperation which was set up by the PAP to support the Asia-Europe Summit Meeting (ASEM) process. The PAP also holds various other meetings in conjunction with European and Asian specialists and officials, including at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and at the prestigious Wilton Park conference centre.

The major conference sponsored by the PAP in 1997 was held at Ditchley Park in May 1997. The meeting is part of the Council for Asia-Europe Co-operation (CAEC) established by 12 institutes in Asia and Europe in support of the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) process. The PAP's Director, Gerald Segal, is the European Secretariat of the CAEC and thus provides a regular and high-level channel of communication and research in both the research and public policy communities in Asia and Europe. The PAP has also helped spawn the European Council for Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific (ECSCAP), the European partner in the wider Council for Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific (CSCAP-a track-two mechanism supporting the ASEAN Regional Forum). The PAP Director also serves as the European Secretariat for ECSCAP.

The PAP runs an email discussion group on Pacific Asia which includes participants from all 19 projects in the Programme.

Recent Program News:

Follow this link for an outline of a presentation by Professor Alan Cawson and Dr. S. Ran Kim on:
"From Semiconductors to Multimedia: The Evolution of the chaebol".

Follow this link for the debate on Asian Values from Prospect, (Charles Hampden Turner and Gerald Segal)
"Asia's Infinite Game: A Prospect Debate".

For comment on the recent economic crisis in Pacific Asia, please see the Director's recent publications page.

For further activities of the Programme and its Director, please contact the Programme's administrative officer, Ms. Sheelagh Urbanoviez at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 23 Tavistock. St. London WC2E 7NQ. Voice:44171-379-7676, Fax:44171-836-3108.


For further details on the 19 projects in the Programme, please follow the links in the list below.

Agriculture and Industrialising East Asia

Dr. Penny Francks, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds. Leeds LS2 9JT.

Capital Formation, Financial Development and Good Governance: Lessons From Pacific Asia

Professor Jim Ford, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT.

Dr. Sonmath Sen (same address).

Professor M.J. Fry, Department of Accounting and Finance (same address).

The Challenge of Asia Pacific Trade

Dr. Peter Wright, Department of Economics, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Professor D. Greenaway (same address).

Mr. R.C. Hine (same address).

Changing Patterns of Pacific Asia's International Migrations

Professor Huw Jones, Department of Geography, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN.

Professor Allan Findlay (same address).

Dr. Michael Weiner, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, P.O. Box 595, Sheffield S10 2UJ.

China's Contract Responsibility System


Professor John Hassard, Department of Management, University of Keele, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG.

Dr. Robin Porter, China Business Centre, University of Keele (same address).

China's Entry into International Society: the Security Dimensions


Michael Yahuda, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics, Houghton St. London, WC2A 2AE.

East Asian Welfare Systems

Professor Gordon White, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RE.

Dr. Roger Goodman, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 51 Banbury Rd. Oxford, OX2 6PF.

Education, Training and Economic Growth in Pacific Asia

Professor Francis Green, School of Business and Economic Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

European Chinese: Chinese Europeans

Professor Gregor Benton, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

Dr. Flemming Christiansen, Department of Government, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL.

European Technology Transfer and Weapons Proliferation in Pacific Asia

Susan Willett, Centre for Defence Studies, King's College, University of London, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS.

Dr. Tim Huxley, Centre for South East Asian Studies, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX.

Extending ASEAN's Model of Regional Security

Professor Michael Leifer, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics, Houghton St. London WC2A 2AE.

Growth and Transformation in China

Dr. Athar Hussain, Director of Development Economics Research Programme, London School of Economics, Houghton St. London, WC2A 2AE.

Identity, Policy Networks and International Policy Coordination in Pacific Asia

Professor Richard Higgott, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, Warwick.

Implementation of Human Rights: Japan, Taiwan and Korea

Professor Ian Neary, Director of Contemporary Japan Centre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ.

Manufacturing Organisation in Pacific Asia

Professor Barry Wilkinson, Department of Human Resource Management, Cardiff Business School, University of Wales College of Cardiff, Cardiff, CF1 3EU.

Professor D.W. Anthony, Director of Japanese Studies Centre (same address).

The Russian Far East: Resource Frontier for the Pacific Century?

Dr. Michael Bradshaw, School of Geography, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT.

Security, Development and Political Accommodation in Pacific Asia

Professor James Manor, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 28 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DS.

Technological Dynamics of Pacific Asia: Implications for Europe

Dr. Mike Hobday, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9RF.

Professor Alan Cawson, Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex (same address).

Technologists and Technology Transfer in Pacific Asian Economic Development

Dr. Earl Kinmonth, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, P.O. Box 595, Sheffield, S10 2UJ.

For further details about the ESRC and its management of the Pacific Asia Programme please contact Gary Grubb,

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