IIAS is a global humanities and social sciences research institute and knowledge exchange platform that supports programmes which engage Asian and other international partners.
IIAS organises most of its research and other activities around its three thematic clusters. The purpose of this approach is to cultivate synergy and coherence between people and projects and not to excluse anything or anyone. IIAS remains open to other possibly interesting areas of investigation.
The activities of these clusters are all built around the notion of social agency and address questions relevant to present-day Asian societies, while paying attention to their cultural and historical contexts.