Mission Statement: To create an in-depth understanding in Australia, and the larger world on issues related to South Asia by encouraging discussion, research, events and publications.

About: Given that South Asia is a home to nearly one-third of world's population, an economically progressive region that also happens to be one of the most volatile areas having two nuclear armed states (India and Pakistan) at loggerheads with each other over the issue of Kashmir - the region is in dire need to be studied in depth.

South Asia is also at the heart of US and Chinese strategic foreign policy due to its strategic location, abundance of natural resources, and geo-political atmosphere that can potentially endanger the entire region and world at large.

South Asia Study Group (SASG) is a student led initiative at, but not restricted to, University of Sydney that aims to bring together researchers, academics, and students with interest in South Asia.

Aims and Objectives:

The aim of the study group is to serve as a platform to mobilize South Asian academic, research, and policy community including students to discuss, research, and organize high-powered policy and academic events on South Asia.

The Study Group will host seminars and discussions, encourage research & publication, develop linkages with think tanks and other institutions working on South Asia in Australia.

Setting up such a platform will not only enhance the profile of Department of Government at University of Sydney by generating a debate and inquiry on South Asia, but will also bring structure and recognition to the work of students/researchers working on South Asia at University of Sydney and across Australia.

Most importantly, the Study Group will provide a support network for students and researchers to learn from each other through information sharing.

Key Research Themes*:

  • Regional Connectivity of South Asia [Trade and Economic]
  • Regional Security and Development
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • Religious and Sectarian peace
  • Health, Education, and Population growth
  • Disaster readiness and recovery

*Additional research themes will be added as per the interest of researchers.

Countries Covered: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives

For Further Information Contact:
Hussain Nadim
South Asia Study Group