The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) China was founded in 2004 and has evolved into a leading active research centre in the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). The current director and deputy director are Professor May Tan-Mullins, School of International Studies and Dr Filippo Gilardi from the School of International Communications. The director and the deputy director will implement the overall strategic research directions of the institute, as advised by the advisory board of IAPS China. IAPS China is also embedded in an extensive global network of leading academics and institutions, and currently has over 70 research fellows, 20 global affiliated fellows and 26 PhD fellows.
IAPS China’s aims are to promote meaningful interdisciplinary research in UNNC, innovate solutions for current global challenges and enhance the understanding of the Asia-Pacific region across the Universities of Nottingham and a broader community. IAPS has recently launched three research priority areas focusing on: Belt and Road Initiative, Cultural and Creative Industries and Contemporary Challenges of China. These three research groups will synergise the research expertise in the university, and achieve world leading research outputs.