Integrative processes offer the promise of economic and cultural development, the free movement of people, the promotion of citizenship and knowledge networks with extensive links with the wider world. At the same time, failure to take advantage of these benefits can result in processes of exclusion that undermine national/regional frameworks, and entail risks in the fields of human development/security, including the danger of framework disintegration.

SEATIDE’s main aim is to examine processes of integration in the light of this awareness, that dynamics of inclusion imply the exclusion of certain people, communities and geographical regions. On the basis of field research, the project is producing holistic analyses of integrative processes and their contemporary forms, which take into account long-term perspectives, local knowledge and macroeconomic studies.

Qualitative and quantitative data is drawn from case studies structured by a common analytical framework, centred on but not restricted to four SEA countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia). These data are used to address issues of broader relevance, viewed from local, national and transnational perspectives:

Diversity (Work Package 2)
The University of Hamburg (Germany), the EFEO (France) and the University of Tallinn (Estonia) examines whether and to what extent national integration can cope with regional diversity. The costs/benefits of nation-building is analysed in the context of economic development, national culture, religion, citizenship rights, centralization processes, and competing nationalisms. Read More

Prosperity (Work Package 3)
The University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) and the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences study voluntary and involuntary movements of people in SEA, notably cross border circulation, rural-urban migration, intra-national and transnational labour migration, to assess their impact on the lives of individuals and groups. A gender perspective is fundamental to this set of studies.Read More

Knowledge (Work Package 4)
The University of Cambridge (UK) and Universiti Sains Malaysia analyse the knowledge networks and interaction sites that connect and constitute this diverse region, and its links with the wider world. Specific attention is given to the past and present role of Europe in these knowledge systems. Read More

Security (Work Package 5)
The University of Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) evaluates economic and political framework development at local, national and regional levels in SEA, including analysis of historical and contemporary crises that have given rise to new integrative structures and the cultural formations that distinguish the “ASEAN Way” from EU-style integration. Read More

Dissemination of results (Work Package 6)
Chiang Mai University (Thailand) is in charge of communicating the project’s results through the organization of conferences, publications, press coverage and policy briefs. In addition to producing innovative research on Southeast Asia, SEATIDE aims at improving the dialogue – initiated in the EFEO’s FP7 project IDEAS – between social scientists and policymakers. Read More