Asia: Economic Growth with Increasing Inequality
The world’s largest and most populous continent is now set to transform into the new driver of the global economy. Asia is home to unparalleled rates of economic growth and prosperity that have lifted millions of people out of poverty over the last few decades. New avenues for social mobility and change have opened up in Asia’s emerging economies, and the growing middle classes in India and China in particular aspire to new lifestyles and patterns of consumption that both mirror and depart from those in the West. However, the political economy of development in Asia produces both winners and losers. India alone is still home to more than a third of the world’s poor, and inequalities across the rural-urban divide are on the increase in many countries, not least in China. Economic expansion is accompanied by new forms of marginalisation, dispossession and vulnerability across the continent, even as the benefits of growth and development are extended beyond the inner circles of national elites to include higher numbers of the population. Moreover, unequal gender structures persist in more or less undiluted form even though increasing flows of culture, images and capital speak of mobility and flexibility. At the Centre, the research strategically locates itself at the intersection of the political, economic and social dynamics of development. Our research covers topics that address the core issues of contemporary development challenges and dilemmas as they are confronted and played out in various Asian contexts and under different regime types. These include rural-urban conflict; gender and inequality; consumption and class formation; democracy and development; poverty and vulnerability; and the local politics of development.

Hotspot Research in Southeast Asia
A keynote throughout Southeast Asia is it has become a well-worn foreign investment refuge from the after-effects of the global financial crisis of 2008. In the last decade, investors have continued to capitalise on the regional surges despite the slump in the West and state of readjustment in India and China. As confidence has grown in Southeast Asia newfound interest in its potential and success can be illustrated by many national-level advancements. Indonesia was the region’s first trillion-dollar economy and achieved an investment-grade credit rating for the first time in a decade and half in late 2011, something the Philippines attained in 2013; manufacturing continues to boom in Malaysia and Thailand; and the Philippines continues to challenge India as a top destination for offshore services. Nonetheless, the fate of the regional economy, in the next five years or so, probably will depend more on events in the United States, Europe and other sectors of the global system than on the decisions of local governments and their citizens.


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POPULATION LIVING IN URBAN AREAS

Southeast Asia: Issues in Focus
The region includes dense jungle, tropical beaches and a vast array of wildlife. Its urban centres have been stimulated by massive economic growth and, in comparison to Western standards, open-door policies. The act of pulling people out of poverty and into the developed world often comes at the expense of the local environment. This is true to most developing countries, but is particularly acute in Southeast Asia, as their economic sectors, especially tourism, depend fundamentally on pristine natural resources. The Centre has research expertise in environmental issues in Southeast Asia and continues to work with local researchers and institutions throughout Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Key issues in focus include: endangered species conservation, air pollution, coral reef destruction, deforestation, water security and augmentation in urbanisation.
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SUSTAINABILITY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
     DEVELOPING WORLD
     AFRICA
     ASIA
     LATIN AMERICA
     GLOBAL HEALTH
     REMOTE SENSING
     POPULATION MIGRATION
     TRANSPORTATION
     FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
     GIS
ENVIRONMENT INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETAL STUDIES
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