Home > Asia Research Centre

Asia Research Centre


The LSE Asia Research Centre was disestablished in March 2016 following the creation of several regional Research Centres at LSE focussed on Asia.

The LSE India Observatory is now affiliated with LSE’s STICERD  (Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines). Information concerning its work can be found on the LSE India Observatory website.

For information concerning current Southeast Asia related activities at LSE, please visit the LSE Southeast Asia Centre website.

For information concerning current South Asia related activities at LSE, please visit the LSE South Asia Centre website.

Any queries concerning previous activities of the Asia Research Centre may be directed to the former Director Professor Athar Hussain or the former Co-Director Dr Ruth Kattumuri.

The Asia Research Centre’s webpages are currently in a period of transition and will be updated on an on-going basis. Some information on these pages will migrate to other Centres in due course, or form part of LSE’s archive.

The Asia Research Centre expresses its gratitude for the global support shown to it throughout its nearly thirty years of operation.


A More Sustainable Energy Strategy for India

Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Nicholas Stern compared two energy trajectories for India; business-as-usual and a low energy scenario. The speakers assessed the feasibility of the low energy path in terms of the various policy changes needed to make it a reality.

Co-hosted with Grantham Research Institute

Podcast available

LSESU China Development Forum 2016 - Navigating Complexity

LSESU China Development Forum 2016 - Navigating Complexity

Since President Xi Jinping’s inauguration, China has seen tremendous changes. The current leadership’s bold moves are almost unprecedented in post-reform Chinese history. Yet old problems persist, new challenges arise. This Forum examined the government’s shifting policy focus, its commitment to ‘deepening reforms’, and China’s vision for its own future.

Podcast available


Global Agenda: COP21 and global warming

Dr Ruth Kattumuri recently participated on a panel discussing what should be done at the UN climate negotiations conference in Paris during December 2015. This event was organised by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.

The discussion was recorded and is available to watch on NHK World.

Dr Louise Walker

Kabul: The growth story you don't know

Dr Louise Walker, Senior Advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan for DFID, discussed how USAID's on-going commitment to Afghanistan can serve as a test case for sustainable, responsible development, enabling Afghanistan to emerge from an era of transition and enter an era of transformation.

Podcast available

Professor Motoshige Itoh

Why Abenomics Matters: Abenomics and the Japanese Economy

In this lecture Professor Motoshige Itoh explained the nature of Abenomics, discussing in particular the impact of aggressive monetary policy and the implications of its growth strategy.

Co-organised with STICERD and Department of Economics

Podcast available


An ongoing series of research and events focused on China


India Observatory
A centre to foster research and knowledge exchange related to India


Facilitates social science research on Korea and the understanding of Korea in the context of Asia and the wider world


Committed to independent, rigorous, and theoretically grounded social scientific research and discussion focused on Taiwan