SEAC is LSE’s gateway to understanding Southeast Asia.

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a multidisciplinary Research Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science (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, guided by the Centre's core intersecting research themes of urbanisation, connectivity and governance.

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 and has taken the lead in launching a global Early Career Researcher Network for scholars working on the region. We frequently host joint research workshops with academic partners at LSE, other institutions within the UK and in the Southeast Asia region itself.

During 2015/16 and 2016/17, SEAC also hosted the Khattar Scholarships which were available for students from Southeast Asian countries. SEAC continues to benefit from Arvind Khattar's contributions to further the Centre's research activities.

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.