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The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

SEAC offers a unique perspective on the diverse dynamics and developments across the region as its leaderships and societies face important decisions within the context of great power competition, identity struggles, socio-economic change, and governance challenges.
Dr Jürgen Haacke, Centre Director

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a cross-disciplinary, regionally-focused academic centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.

Building on the School’s deep academic and historical connections with Southeast Asia, SEAC seeks to foster world-leading academic and policy research with a focus on the Southeast Asian social and political landscape.

SEAC is LSE’s gateway to understanding Southeast Asia.

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre was established with the generous support of Professor Saw Swee Hock.


Our mission 

Pushing the boundaries of Southeast Asia research

SEAC promotes and draws from a rich pool of research undertaken by Southeast Asia experts across disciplines at LSE and pursue collaboration with colleagues around the world. We aim to inform officials and policy makers in governments, and stakeholders in business and civil society on key issues and challenges in relation to the region through our research.

We support high quality social sciences research on Southeast Asia through the SEAC Research Fund.

In addition, we host Visiting Appointments that foster further synergies with our Southeast Asia scholars.

Building a network of exceptional Southeast Asia scholars

SEAC nurtures new generations of Southeast Asia scholars. We run interdisciplinary postgraduate research workshops for students from LSE and beyond working on Southeast Asia and host joint research workshops with academic partners at LSE and in the region.

During 2015/16 and 2016/17, SEAC also hosted the Khattar Scholarships which were available for students from Southeast Asian countries.

Promoting dialogue and engagement

SEAC serves as a globally recognised hub for engagement on Southeast Asia in London, presenting a collective gathering space and an opportunity to share knowledge and ideas on the region with the entire LSE community and beyond through our public events programme as well as workshops and other organised events.