CRISEA in a nutshell

Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA) is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme that studies multiple forces affecting regional integration in Southeast Asia and the challenges they present to the peoples of Southeast Asia and its regional institutional framework, ASEAN.

CRISEA innovates by encouraging ‘macro-micro’ dialogue between disciplines: global level analyses in international relations and political economy alongside socio-cultural insights from the grassroots methodologies of social sciences and the humanities.

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Coordinated by the Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) with its unique network of ten field centres in Southeast Asia, the project brings together researchers from seven European and six Southeast Asian institutions, with three objectives:

Research on regional integration

Multiple internal and external forces drive regional integration in Southeast Asia and compete for resources and legitimacy. CRISEA has identified five ‘arenas of competition’ for the interplay of these forces, investigated in the project’s five research Work Packages. It further aims to assess the extent to which they call into question the centrality of ASEAN’s regional model.

Policy relevance

CRISEA reaches beyond academia to engage in public debate and impact on practitioners in government and non-government spheres. By establishing mechanisms for dialogue with targeted audiences of policymakers, stakeholders and the public, the project furthers European science diplomacy in Southeast Asia and promotes evidence-based policymaking.

Networking and capacity-building

CRISEA reinforces the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of Asian Studies through coordinated EU-ASEAN academic exchange and network development. It connects major research hubs with emerging expertise across Europe and Southeast Asia. CRISEA also promotes participation of younger generation academics in all its activities, notably policy dialogues.

CRISEA conducts interdisciplinary research on five ‘arenas’ where regional forces compete:

Three transversal themes – migration, gender and security – are examined within each Work Package.

Central to CRISEA’s ambition is the effective delivery of its research beyond academia, in particular to policy makers. In line with the 2015 Joint Communication on EU-ASEAN relations, CRISEA seeks to deepen the EU’s engagement with ASEAN and help the EU and its Member States forge coherent, adapted and culturally relevant foreign policies with all countries in the region.

To reach out to the widest possible audience, CRISEA is implementing an ambitious plan to disseminate project results. Designed to maximise impact by promoting public debate and encouraging people-to-people contact, CRISEA’s “dissemination through dialogue” strategy includes:

  • The organization of events for targeted audiences to be held in both Europe and Southeast Asia (workshops, public lectures, briefing sessions, policy forums and conferences)
  • Scientific publications, press coverage, documentary films and policy briefs
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CRISEA makes effective use of its Consortium’s diversity, which includes longstanding Asian Studies research hubs, policy institutes (think tanks) and emerging centres where Southeast Asian Studies are building capacity. With its unique interdisciplinary approach, one that engages micro-studies specialists in dialogue with analysts of macro-phenomena and its innovative dissemination plan based on informed discussion between scholars and decision-makers, CRISEA will significantly contribute to furthering European science diplomacy by raising awareness of the value and importance of science and of the EU as a global actor in promoting research.

  • Grant Number: N°770562
  • Project Type: RIA – Research Innovation Action
  • Project Start: 1st November 2017
  • Project End: 31st October 2020