Skip to main content

Australian-Indian research collaborations in humanities


A new report identifies India as one of the most promising countries in Asia for collaboration in the humanities.

The two-volume report published by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Australian-Asian Research Collaborations in the Humanities: Mapping the Present, Planning the Future outlines current and future opportunities for humanities research collaboration between Australia and select Asian countries, including India.

The contents can support both researchers and policy makers to make evidence-based assessments about emerging opportunities for engagement with partners across the Asian region. The first volume of the report outlines 12 opportunities to boost collaboration, including growing research networks, a collaborative humanities data collection process, and recognising the vital role that diaspora researchers play in leading international collaborations.

It also includes a chapter exploring humanities research in India. Written by the Australia India Institute's Brigid Freeman and introduced by National University of Singapore's Professor Robin Jeffrey, the chapter covers humanities research policy, funding and incentives, international engagement and more.

India's predominant use of English in higher education settings, emerging strengths in digital, environmental and public humanities, and investments made through its Scheme for the Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (prior to COVID-19), make it an ideal country for collaborations in the humanities.

The report was commissioned by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and funded by the Australian Research Council. Download volume one and volume two.  

Related news

News 24 Feb 22

Delighting in diversity: Tagore, Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo

Given how the world has become a much smaller place and the contemporary world of humanity is now more diverse than it has ever been, one of the most important questions for our time is how societies...

News 03 Sep 21

Apply for a GYA membership before 15 September 2021

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.