Institute of Asian Research

The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) is the focal point on Asia policy and current affairs at the University of British Columbia as well as for interdisciplinary scholarship on modern and pre-modern Asia.

Since its founding in 1978, the IAR has served as the premier Asia-focused research institute and think tank in Canada, serving as an active hub for research, teaching, policy support, and community engagement.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
DiCarlo, Jessica Postdoctoral Fellow Human geography; Geography, anthropology; critical development studies; political ecology; China; infrastructure; Laos; Political economy
Hopewell, Kristen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Public policy; International Political Economy; international relations; international trade; Trade Policy; Global Governance; industrial policy; Development; emerging powers; China; India; Brazil; World Trade Organization (WTO); US-China relations
Laffin, Christina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Humanities and the arts; premodern Japanese literature; medieval Japanese history; women's writing; Japanese women's history; travel writing; autobiography; Japanese poetry; Literacy; socialization; wet nursing; narratology