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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

Welcome to the York Asia Research Network (YARN) webpages. Whilst our Network is new, we build on a long established history of Asian research at York. 

YARN's members cover all the faculties in the University, we work across disciplines and acrosss nations (developed and developing) and we all share a focus on Asia. You will find our research outputs and membership organised by broad regional area. 

- Professor Karen Mumford, Director of YARN

Research regions and members

YARN Brown Bag Seminar Series

Daniel Vorbach (Stockholm Environment Institute) "York researchers join Vanuatu communities to tackle contaminated waters: the integrated Technology Development Project." Wednesday January 17. 1-2pm. ReCCS YH/102 * Note the room change Would you like to present in our brown bag lunchtime seminar series?, If so, please email our seminar organiser Sarah Olive or with details.

YARN funded again

YARN has been awarded 12 months of funding from ReCSS! Well done us.

Global challenges research fund – new models of sustainable development

Global challenges research fund – new models of sustainable development Economic and Social Research Council, GB This supports interdisciplinary research which increases the understanding of new models of economic development that can help address the development challenges reflected in the UN’s Agenda 2030. Grants are worth up to £800,000 for up to 30 months. Maximum award: £800,000 Closing date: 11 Jan 18 available from here.

DFID call coming - Jobs for Skills in India

This is early warning of a DFID call on Jobs for Skills in India, The call will be for a £10million group consortium bid, which can look to provide 1 million Indians (including 40% women and unspecified proportion of people with disabilities) getting jobs in 5 priority sectors – including automotive and health care. The call is expected late January/early February 2018.

YARN network events

ECR & PhD Conference - Early Notice

We will be holding our next ECR & PhD Conference in May 2018, if you would like to submit a paper or poster please email Our last ECR and PhD Conference was on 23rd May 2017 in the Research Centre for Social Sciences, YH/001B. You can find out more about this conference here here

YARN Network Meeting - Early Notice

We will be holding our next Whole YARN Network Event in May 2018 in the Research Centre for Social Sciences, YH/001B. We will be showcasing international research collaborations and informing on changes in funding opportunities and institutional agreements. If you would like to submit a paper please email YARN held its Inaugural Whole Network Event on 3rd May 2017. You can find out more about this event here here

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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News and events

Read about recent and upcoming events as well as news items.

News & events

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Find out how to get involved with the York Asia Research Network

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Key contacts

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

Key contacts