Research ProgramsAsian Research Center for International Development (ARCID)
The first major research program of ARCID is the China Watch Project supported by The Thailand Research Fund (TRF).
- With economic reforms and the opening of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the outside world by Deng Xiaoping and post-Deng leaders, China is now the largest economy (on a purchasing power parity basis)
- All indications show that China will be a superpower
- The meteoric rise of China in the 21st century signals the successful comeback of China in regaining its respectful place in regional and international affairs
- It also means challenges as well as opportunities for other parts of the world, especially for countries in the Asia-Pacific region
- How should we deal with such a rising superpower?
- Is China’s rise going to be sustained?
- What are the new directions mapped out by Xi Jinping to develop China?
- What sort of developmental challenges will it face?
- Is China a threat according to some Western analysts?
- How can we promote a win-win relationship with China?
- How can we manage our problems, if any, with China in order to preserve peace and development?
- To answer these questions, we would like to launch the China Watch project. We hope the policy studies under the project will be helpful in providing the answers
- We also hope to nurture more talent, especially young talent, in Thailand to conduct research on China professionally
- Last but not least, we would like to institutionalize research collaborations with like-minded institutes in Thailand, China and elsewhere and promote the Asian Research Center for International Development as a focal point for research on China, especially that on China’s relations with the Mekong region
THE FOUR COMPONENTS
- To understand China, we would like to emphasize at the outset that it is important to examine the domestic developments
- Domestic developments play a critical role in shaping China’s behavior in regional and world affairs.
- There is always what is called linkage politics between domestic developments and external relations
The First Component
- As such, the first component of the China Watch project would be to set up a Monitor and Analysis Unit.
- The Unit will issue the China Updates and China Policy Briefs
- China Updates will be published twice a year while China Policy Briefs will be published four times a year. The former is a survey of the current internal and external developments of China while the latter focuses on policy analysis and recommendation.
- China Updates will be written/edited by the staff of ARCID and China Policy Briefs will be written by senior members of ARCID and invited guest commentators/specialists
The Second Component
- The second component of the project would be two major research clusters, one on economics and the other on security.
- For the first major research cluster on economics, we would like to concentrate on China’s multilateral and bilateral relations with the Asia-Pacific
- Specifically, we would like to encourage more research proposals on China’s relations with ASEAN, particularly those with the Mekong region
- In this regard, an examination of the regional implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) framework would be most pertinent
- Proposals on China and the border economy in the Mekong region would also be welcomed
- The second major research cluster is basically on China and Asia-Pacific security
- In terms of geopolitics and economics, China plays a dominant role in the region
- It is noteworthy that she plays a critical role in all major regional security challenges
- Again, we would like to steer our research more towards security issues related to Southeast Asia and especially the Mekong region
- The proposals can deal with not only traditional security, such as territorial disputes, weapon proliferation, etc., but also non-traditional security and so-called human security, such as environmental security, including water and energy, law enforcement security, transnational migration, etc.
- In this regard, it would be useful for us to have projects on China and border security in the Mekong region
The Third Component
- The third component is the hosting of three international conferences and three public lectures
- The three international conferences are essentially related to the research projects under the two research clusters of the China Watch project
- The themes of the three conferences are :
- China’s Reforms in Flux
- Regional and International Implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
- China and Asia-Pacific Security
- For the three public lectures, they will deal with current issues/studies and are meant for public education
The Fourth Component
- The final component is on academic exchange
- This would mean linking up with like-minded centers in East Asia and institutionalizing research collaborations with some of them
- We would also try to explore if they have scholars/researchers who would like to join our project
- All in all, we hope to finish the China Watch project in three years
THE RESEARCH CLUSTER ON ECONOMICS
CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS
- The Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID) would like to invite policy-relevant proposals for its first research cluster. The theme is “China’s Multilateral and Bilateral Economic Relations with the Asia-Pacific”
- While we may accept proposals examining China’s participation in multilateral frameworks like APEC or RCEP or bilateral relations with selected states in the Asia-Pacific, we would encourage more research proposals on China’s relations with ASEAN and especially with the Mekong region
- In that regard, an examination of regional implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) framework would be most pertinent
- Proposals on China and the border economy in the Mekong region would also fit into our research agenda
- We would like to emphasize that proposals examining the benefits as well as cautions about the BRI or LMC framework from the perspective of the recipient states in ASEAN would be most useful in enhancing our understanding of China’s economic relations with Southeast Asia
GENERAL GUIDELINES IN WRITING YOUR PROPOSAL
Your proposal should be no more than 1,250 words (1 inch margin, typed in 11/12 point font, double spaced, about 250 words per page). It should also include an abstract (150-200 words). Special attention should be paid to the following:
- Statement of purpose highlighting the research questions/issues/concerns to be investigated
- Significance of your project. For example, how will your project add on or influence our knowledge about China’s economic relations with the Asia-Pacific/Southeast Asia?
- Research design. How will you conduct your research? Areas to be dealt with could include conceptual/theoretical frameworks, methods, data collection and analysis, etc.
- Policy relevance. It would be useful if the project could come up with policy analysis and recommendations. If possible, you may want to mention the policy target or plan, if any, to engage relevant policymakers.
- Selected bibliography. An extensive bibliography is not required. However, the proposal should provide a selected list of references to demonstrate your familiarity with current scholarship and/or essential/background knowledge of the proposed topic
- A budget outlining each item and a rationale for each expenditure. It should include two trips to Chiang Rai for the mid-term review and the final review (see schedule). Please declare if you have other sources of funding
- Each award provides up to 800,000 Bahts. Unapproved costs will be born by the proposer. Funds unexpended at the conclusion of the project will be returned to Thailand Research Fund (TRF)
- All projects are expected to conclude on budget and on time (see schedule)
- Winning proposals will be announced in October/November 2018 after the review by a panel of experts. Funding will be forwarded by TRF. A satisfactory mid-term progress report (see schedule) is required before more funding is released
- A mid-term report (10,000 to 12,500 words, 11/12 point font, double-spaced, excluding endnotes) to be discussed and reviewed by a panel of experts about 9 months after the receipt of the award
- A final report (20,000-25,000 words, 11/12 point font, double-spaced, excluding endnotes and bibliography) to be discussed and reviewed by a panel of experts about 9 months after the mid-term review
- A revised and publishable report (20,000-25,000words, 11/12 point font, double-spaced, excluding endnotes and bibliography) must be submitted to ARCID within two months after the final review
- February 2018 to October 2018 : Invite proposals . Deadline for submission of proposals is 15 October 2018
- October/November 2018 : Initial review of applications by a panel of experts
- October/November 2018: Applicants notified of the decision of ARCID. Successful applicants will sign a contract with TRF and start working on the project thereafter. Funding will be forwarded by TRF to the successful applicants’ bank accounts
- August/September 2019: Mid-term review. All award recipients are expected to present mid-term reports to be reviewed and discussed by a panel of experts. The review will be conducted in Chiang Rai. Funding for the trip will come from the budget of the award recipients. Funding support will continue upon satisfactory performance of the award recipients at the mid-term review
- May/June 2020: All award recipients are expected to submit the final reports to be discussed and reviewed by a panel of experts. The review will be conducted in Chiang Rai. Funding for the trip will come from the budget of the award recipients
- July/August 2020: A revised and publishable report must be submitted by every award recipient to ARCID within two months after the final review. The reports will be published by the Working Paper Series of ARCID. ARCID reserves the right to publish the reports selectively.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
Your submission should include the following:
- Proposal according to the General Guidelines of ARCID
- Samples of publication in English
- Three letters of reference
Please note that all accepted proposals will have to follow our schedule closely. Time for the project is about 18 months after the official announcement of the awards and the maximum amount for each project is about 800,000 Bahts
Applications should be send to ARCID by post or email
Details of the postal address:
Asian Research Center for International Development
School of Social Innovation, Mae Fah Luang University
4th Floor, Building E1, 333 Moo.1 Thasud, Muang, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
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