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York Asia Research Network (YARN)

The York Asia Research Network (YARN) is an interdisciplinary group for people across the University whose research interests relate to Asia. 

We have built a multifaceted research infrastructure for Asia related research at York: facilitating the creation of new interdisciplinary partnerships; and strengthening existing international collaborations.

YARN is supported and funded by the Research Centre for Social Sciences (ReCSS). We are located in the ReCSS building on the Science Park.

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York Asia Research Network
+44(0)1904 323756
Research Centre for Social Sciences, 6 Innovation Close University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5ZF

The York Asia Research Network (YARN) continues a long established history of Asian research at York. YARN's members are drawn from across the University's faculties. We work across disciplines and across nations (developed and developing) and we all share a focus on Asia.

- Professor Karen Mumford, Director of YARN and Associate Provost International (Asia and Oceania)

Research regions and members

YARN Brown Bag Seminar Series

Would you like to present in our brown bag lunchtime seminar series?, If so, please email our seminar organiser Sarah Olive or with details.

ASEAS-UK Postgraduate Workshop 2018

The Association of Southeast Asian Studies [in collaboration with the York Asia Research Network] is pleased to announce a one-day postgraduate seminar 26th April, 2018 at the University of York. This seminar is an opportunity for postgraduate students to develop a conference presentation from their research. Participants will offer and receive feedback on their work from peer discussants. Senior academics will facilitate these workshop sessions and offer additional tips for delivering effective conference talks. We invite a broad range of papers reflecting different stages of research. Eligibility: Postgraduate students (enrolled in a Masters by Research or PhD course in the UK) currently doing research on Southeast Asia. More information and application details available from here.

Chinese Feminism , part of the YARN Women in Asia Series.

Call for Participation in a One-day Workshop and Talks on Chinese Feminism at the University of York Time and Date: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, 24th of April 2018 . Venue: Ground Floor, Berrick Saul Building, University of York Speakers: Chinese Feminist Activist Li Maizi, Prof. Stevi Jackson, Prof. Harriet Evans, Dr. Jon Howlett Online Registration: Hosted by the York Asia Research Network (YARN) and British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Society (BPCS). Sponsored by the University of York’s Centre for Women's Studies, Centre for Applied Human Rights, York Asia Research Network (YARN) and the Department of History

New India Interest Group for York

Many colleagues are developing links and collaborations in India as part of the University's new India Engagement Plan. The Global Partnerships team would like to invite all academics who have collaborations in India, or are in discussion with Indian institutions about research links, to join our new India Interest Group and help shape York's engagement in India. To join the Group, please email

Network Events

YARN Network Meeting - Monday May 14th 2018 - Call for Papers

We will be holding our next YARN Network Event on Monday May 14th 2018 in the Research Centre for Social Sciences, YH/001B. If you would like to submit a paper or poster please email We would especially welcome contributions from our ECR and PhD members. Our last ECR and PhD Conference was on 23rd May 2017. You can find out more about this conference here Our Inaugural YARN Network Event on 3rd May 2017. You can find out more about this event here

YESI Network Event, Friday 11 May 2018

Beyond climate science: Breaking barriers to social and political action. Friday 11 May 2018, 9.30am to 13:30 During this event designed for York academics, the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) will explore this transdisciplinary problem, looking specifically at breaking the barriers to social and political action on climate change. The event will also be used as a platform to launch the new YESI Climate Change Network which is designed to bring together physical and social scientists to find synergies and establish collaborations to address the questions of how science should interact with policy and how to effectively motivate change. The session will begin with a series of talks accompanied by ‘Soapbox talks’ which will allow attendees to voice their views and/or promote their research in short 3 minute slots. If you would like to participate in the ‘Soapbox talks’ please contact to book your slot.

Barong - a mythological Indonesian creature.
Photograph by YARN member, Dr Colleen Morgan, Department of Archaeology.

Funding opportunities

As part of our approach to collaboration, we facilitate international research collaborations and linkages across HE and third party institutions and also support and conduct collaborative research proposals by increasing information flows across the Network’s members.

We work closely with the Research Office and the International Office at York.

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Key contacts

Find details about the Academic Leads for YARN and meet the Regional Leaders.

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