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The School of East Asian Studies has a vibrant research culture, with staff members actively engaged in research and publication at international levels of excellence.

The School has a strong focus on collaboration in multi- and inter-disciplinary research and staff members are encouraged to form research relationships across national, institutional, and subject boundaries. This is reflected in our ability to offer joint supervision, with the University of Leeds, to PhD students as part of our collaboration in the White Rose East Asia Centre.

Staff also pursue a range of individual research projects, and have attracted funding from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Leverhulme Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Japan Foundation and other prestigious funding bodies.

White Rose East Asia Centre

The White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAS) constitutes The National Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds and the National Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield together.

Through the White Rose East Asia Centre, the School's staff collaborate with colleagues from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds. This provides synergies and opportunities for students to become part of a wider research community on East Asia involving specialists in both the social sciences and humanities from both institutions. The aim of the White Rose Centre is to develop a global centre of excellence for research and training on modern China and Japan.

Research clusters

Research that takes place in the School through the White Rose East Asia Centre is divided into three clusters, each embracing prominent and evolving themes in research on East Asia. Each cluster represents an area of existing research strength and priority, and builds on the strong track record of language-based area studies and related multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches and combines and coordinates research activities from different disciplines, as well as straddling political boundaries in East Asia.


Research staff in the School of East Asian Studies have published extensively in their respective fields, often in collaboration with other scholars in the UK and in East Asia. The nature of our work requires us to cross disciplinary boundaries and this is reflected in the multi-disciplinarity of our publishing efforts.

Recent publications can be found here
You can also find information about individuals publications on the staff pages