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Our faculty and students take on challenging and timely research projects from ethnic cleansing in Myanmar to the resurgence of populism in India, as well as regime change, corruption, political party development and gender politics across the region. The Department of Political and Social Change (PSC) has been awarded numerous research grants to investigate important issues like the parliamentary elections in Timor Leste, civil society education efforts in Indonesia, urban transformation in China, presidentialism in Indonesia, and money politics in Southeast Asia – among many other topics.

Ginkgo Village provides an original and powerfully intimate bottom-up perspective on China’s recent tumultuous history.
Myanmar: A Political Lexicon book cover
Across sixteen entries the lexicon stages dialogues about political speech and action in this country at the nexus of South, East and Southeast Asia.
The Coalitions Presidents Make: Presidential Power and Its Limits in Democratic Indonesia
How Indonesia has turned its volatile post-authoritarian presidential system into one of the world's most stable.
Resource Nationalism in Indonesia
Dr Eve Warburton traces nationalist policy trajectories in Indonesia back to the preferences of big local business interests.
Mobilizing for Elections
Mobilizing for Elections presents a new framework for analyzing variation in patronage democracies, focusing on distinct forms of patronage and different networks through which it is distributed.
This book surveys the systems of detention camps set up in Asia from the beginning of the 20th century in The Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Malaya, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Timor, Korea and China.

New Mandala

New Mandala

New Mandala blog is a leading forum for academic and policy outreach on Southeast Asia. It devotes its attention to the politics and societies of Southeast Asian countries, and their connections with one another. The blog has played a pioneering role in the digitisation of Southeast Asian studies and attracts an audience of around 2 million readers each year, the majority from the Southeast Asian region.

New Mandala is hosted by the Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.