Doctor of Philosophy Program in ASEAN Studies (International Program)


CACS is committed to advancing scholarship and research on issues related to the three pillars of ASEAN community: ASEAN Political-Security CommunityASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. Innovation, internationalization, partnership and policy-oriented research are our key work areas.


CACS offers a three-year intensive program on two tracks: a pure research track and a coursework+research track. Students can choose to jump immediately into research on their area of focus (with mentoring from a CACS advisor), or to build a knowledge base through 2-3 terms of classroom study, after which the student can start research for a dissertation that matches their area of interest.

Research Track

Dissertation 48 credits

Coursework 3 credits

2 Publications + Presentations of Research

Exit exam

Coursework Track

Dissertation 36 credits

Coursework 12 credits

2 Publications + Presentations of Research

Exit exam

Research Framework

We approach ASEAN issues through the framework of 3 different types of “capital,” pushed and pulled by forces both intrinsic and external to ASEAN and the region (we’ve illustrated this conceptual approach in the graphic below).

CACS hopes to equip our students with the knowledge and conceptual tools to understand the consequences of connectivity for ASEAN—and the wider world.

The College maintains four research units to explore the variety of issues related to ASEAN through different prisms:

Food Security
Natural capital as it connects to lives and livelihoods. Everything from agriculture to food security, water resources to energy, and resource management and conflict.

Bus commuters wait to take the next ride in Yangon. Over 300 public and private bus lines operate about 6,300 crowded buses around the city, carrying over 4.4 million passengers a day.

The physical networks—existing and planned—that provide the hardware for ASEAN connectivity in the real world, as well as the social, economic, and political realities around these “mega-projects.” Railways, airports and seaports, highways and economic corridors. Special Economic Zones, logistics, and property development. Photo courtesy of ADB

47338-001: Emergency Assistance and Early Recovery for Poor Municipalities Affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Philippines)Covering everything from education to human resources development to health & wellness issues; emerging “new economies” based on the creative & digital sectors, and new modes of entrepreneurship, from social enterprise to tourism.
Photo courtesy of ADB

asean identity shadowThe overarching rubric of policy, politics, and large-scale social, historical, and economic forces that are the backdrop to all relations within the ASEAN context. These include ethnicity, politics, historical trends and development, democracy & rights, and security and military issues.

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