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Regional Studies Research

Regional Studies is what other universities would call ”Area Studies”, focusing on the study of different geographical regions of the world. By regions we understand geographical areas bound together by cultural, historic, economic, social and political factors. Although these are not necessarily consolidated regions linked together by regional integration schemes they may be considered in some way, regions in the making.

Through our courses and research we try to give a deeper insight into the realities of these areas, presenting their particular contexts in all their complexity in order to understand in a more adequate way the contemporary problems and issues that affect them.

African Studies
The most prominent research in African Studies includes themes as conflict and security, sustainable development, eradication of poverty, reconstruction in post-war societies, regionalization, migration, gender, democracy, aid etc. Geographically, most attention is directed at South, East and Central Africa; however, there is also expertise in relation to West and North Africa..

Asian Studies
The research conducted at Asian covers for example democracy, conflict, security, development, migration, religion and politics and gender. Geographically, most attention is directed at Southeast Asia, but the research expertise regarding South Asia as well as East Asia is expanding.

Latin American Studies
The areas of most prominent research within Latin American Studies is citizenship and civil society (with a special priority to gender issues and social movement), identity and culture (related to indigenous or peasant communities), women- and labour organizing and globalization, and HIV and civil society. In the areas of Latin American Studies, research has always had a direct connection to the courses given in the area, for instance on social movements and gender.

Middle Eastern Studies
The most prominent research within Middle Eastern Studies covers topics such as conflict management, intervention and post-conflict reconstruction, political leadership, gender issues and family relations, radical religious movements, gender issues, and democratization. Geographically, most attention is directed at the Palestinian- Israeli conflict; however, there is also expertise in relation to Iraq, Lebanon, and the greater Middle East.


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