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By Dr Paul Gillespie, Senior Research Fellow at University College Dublin
Date: 24th & 25th April 2019 • 10.00am - 5.00pm • ASEM Room, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya

Comparative Regionalism Workshop 2019: Bridging Regional Knowledge
FREE REGISTRATION HERE: bit.ly/crworkshop2019


The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya kicks off with its third event of 2019 by the organising the annual Comparative Regionalism Workshop 2019: Bridging Regional Knowledge. The workshop is part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant awarded by the Erasmus+ Programme in 2017 to the Asia-Europe Institute.

Regionalism has been one of the important driving forces for Asia and Europe alike, propelling the countries of these two regions to sync their policies and pool their resources at regional and sub-regional levels. While Europe has achieved remarkable success and to certain extent facing some changes at the moment, in Asia, both the success and challenges are being looked upon in varying degrees, with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) emerging as a leader in regional cooperation in Asia. With the objective to learn from each other, the European Union, ASEAN, and other regional bodies have also begun to engage, establish and enhance dialogue mechanisms. This workshop aims to bridge regional knowledge on comparative regionalism.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Asia-Europe Institute are proud to once again hosts Dr. Paul Gillespie who is an expert instructor in field of comparative regionalism from University College Dublin for the second year in a row to share his perspective on comparative regionalism. Dr. Rahul Mishra, senior lecturer of AEI will be the co-facilitator.

This confluence of experts from the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, and elsewhere, will bring forth their research projects. The workshop wishes to pursue this expansion and present new insights on comparative regionalism in Europe and Asia.

Objectives of the workshop

The main objective of the workshop is to expose participants to the field of research on comparative regionalism. Participants will be introduced to the use of comparative regionalism and theory for research.

Other objectives include:

  • To highlight different research methodologies and techniques on comparative regionalism.
  • To build possible postgraduate networks that have an interest in comparative regionalism.
  • To encourage and develop research projects and ideas on themes related to comparative regionalism.

Facilitator: Dr Paul Gillespie

Dr Paul GillespieDr Paul Gillespie is a columnist and a former foreign policy editor with The Irish Times. He is also the Deputy Director at the University College Dublin (UCD) Institute for British Irish Studies (IBIS) where he works on British-Irish relations, including the peace process, governance in Northern Ireland, bilateral Irish-British relations, UK constitutional issues and devolution and Irish constitutional futures.

Dr Gillespie currently serves as Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Politics and International Relations, where he has contributed to teaching and research in British-Irish relations, European integration and Brexit. He has an extensive public policy profile on Irish-British relations, comparative regionalism in Europe, media studies and European foreign policy.

He is co-editor of Britain and Europe: The Endgame - An Irish Perspective (Dublin IIEA 2015), is a member of the UK Study Group at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) Dublin and is also a founding member of The Islands and Unions Network (TIUN) on constitutional futures in Ireland and Britain.

Co-facilitator: Dr. Rahul Mishra

Dr. Rahul MishraDr Rahul Mishra is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya. He specialises in political-security affairs in the Asia Pacific region and has more than 150 national and international publications to his credit as well as more than 70 TV and radio appearances to discuss Asia-Pacific affairs. His research interests include ASEAN and the regional political-security and economic architecture, political-security and economic affairs of the East and Southeast Asian region, China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and many more.

Tentative Programme

Day 1: 24th April 2018 (Wednesday)

10.00AM Introduction to Comparative Research
1.00 PM Lunch
2.00 PM Research Design and Methods for Comparative Research
5.00 PM End of Day 1

Day 2: 25th April 2018 (Thursday)

10.00AM Hands-On Training: Designing One’s Own Comparative Research Project
1.00 PM Lunch
2.00 PM Presentation of Proposed Research Project & Group Discussion.
5.00 PM Presentation of Certificates
5.30 PM End of Day 2

This schedule is subject to change.


Limited to 30 participants only.
Certificate of Completion will be awarded to the participants.

Please register (FREE) here:


Contact person:

Mr. Aaron Denison (aaron.denison@um.edu.my)
Ms. Marsha Prema Priya (marsha.pp@um.edu.my)
Tel: 03-2246 3440 / 014-367 7312

24th & 25th April 2019
(Wednesday & Thursday)
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
ASEM Room, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI),
University of Malaya
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With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

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