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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)

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Events and network news.

YARN Women in Asia Series

YARN research on Women in China, past and present.

June 20 2018, As part or our YARN Women in Asia series, Oleg Benesch Chaired a group of papers on Women in China, past and present. Ding Yiyun: "The Origins and Contradictions of Chinese Feminism in the 1900s to 1920s: A Case Study of China's First Female University President Yang Yinyu." Jon Howlett: "Looking past the 'best man in Shanghai': women and the social history of the decolonisation of China after 1949." and Sanna Eriksson: "Picturing women in Chinese nationalism."

Chinese Feminism Workshop a huge success. YARN Women in Asia Series.

Kailing Xie organised a wonderful one-day YARN workshop and talks on Chinese Feminism on 24 April 2018 with additional sponsorship from the the Department of History, Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), and the Centre for Applied Human Rights. The event was held in partnership with British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS). The workshop was a great success, more than 60 attendees joined in throughout the day, from York and beyond. In the morning, a lively 'Hands on Feminism Workshop' was run by Chinese feminist activist Li Maizi with participants from across different disciplines. At the end of the session the attendees made banners to show solidarity with China’s #Metoo movement. One participant commented "Thank you for organising such an important event that brings us together! I wish it could happen more often!"

IMPACT in South Asia Research Project.

The IMPACT IN SOUTH ASIA Group held its inaugural meeting in York in July 2017. Delegates included policymakers, researchers and clinicians from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the UK. They committed to working together to increase both the quantity and quality of research and committed resources for pilot projects, which will help support future research. As a first step, they are conducting a survey to improve understanding of the physical health, lifestyle and healthcare needs of people with mental illness in the UK and in South Asia. For more information, contact Dr Najma Siddiqi ( or see website here

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 - Wednesday June 20th 2018

We held our annual YARN Network Event on Wednesday June 20th 2018 in the Research Centre for Social Sciences, YH/001B. You can see the program here 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

Funding opportunities provided by UKRI and JSPS

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are pleased to invite applications to the first UKRI-JSPS joint call. Deadline for Expression of Interests/ Full applications: mid July to mid August 2018 This initiative will provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects between UK and Japanese researchers which contribute to advancing impacts for the benefit of both countries.The UKRI has allocated £5 million and JSPS has allocated 300,000,000 yen (approximately £2 million) to this activity to support 10 bilateral projects in total. Successful projects should start from 14th February 2019. Global Engagement has a number of links with Japanese universities such as Keio, Tokyo Tech, Waseda and Tohoku, as well as organisations such as the Science Innovation Network, British Council and MEXT. If you are interested in this funding opportunity and need assistance connecting with potential partners, do feel free to get in touch with Andrew Brown (

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

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Key contacts

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