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Main Research Areas

The Institute’s cross-cutting programmes are based on intraregional cooperation and can be grouped into the following four priority research areas:

Political Transitions (political cultures, civil society, ethnic and religious nationalism)

Territorial Challenges (maritime and land spaces, natural resources, sustainable cities)

Social Dynamics (law, education, health, women’s rights and status)

ASEAN: economic perspectives and regional integration

Each priority area has various projects under its umbrella. Whether individual or collective, most projects have an average duration of three years.

The Institute’s projects either answer a call for participation from IRASEC or are the fruit of proposals submitted to IRASEC’s directorate and researchers. Each submitted project is subject to evaluation based on a synopsis provided by the project’s leader.

Each synopsis must contain the name of the project leader, his/her institutional affiliation, and the project title. The synopsis must also contain the following:

•  the overlying theme and research question (one to two pages)

•  the table of contents of the manuscript that will have to be submitted to IRASEC at the end of the project, including participant name(s), the title of each contribution, and a summary of a few lines

•  the three-year tentative timeline, including the first year of proposed fieldwork missions, the preparation of a study day the second year, and the submission of a manuscript the third year

Once the synopsis has been evaluated, a budget is proposed to the project leader, after which the contract may be established.

The manuscripts submitted to IRASEC may, though not systematically, result in a publication. The final decision is based on an internal and external evaluation. The evaluation form is available for download from the website. The project leader’s final manuscript must take into account the recommendations brought forward in the submitted evaluation forms.

The final decision on the manuscript’s publication and the choice of proofreaders lie with the directorate.