About us – What We Do
The Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils:
Set up in 1973 to help promote the social sciences in the region and to create an Asian identity for the social sciences, AASSREC seeks to promote:
- collaborative research among scholars in the region
- the exchange of scholarly publications and information among Asian social science institutions and individuals, and
- exchange visits among researchers and scholars from its member-countries.
Founding member organisations
In 1975, AASSREC held its first conference in Tehran, Iran, where its constitution was adopted by the four founding member organisations:
- Indian Council of Social Science Research
- Philippine Social Science Council
- Korean Social Science Research Council, and
- National Research Council of Thailand.
AASSREC’s regular activities include:
- the conduct of biennial general conferences and the publication of conference papers and proceedings
- the conduct of collaborative research programs on specific problems of common interest to Asia-Pacific countries, and
- the assessment of trends in social science research and teaching in the Asia-Pacific region.
Biennial General Conferences
Hosted alternately by member-countries, AASSREC Biennial General Conferences serve as a venue for:
- the presentation of country papers, and the discussion of contemporary and relevant issues in the Asia Pacific region
- the exchange of information on activities and programs, and
- shaping collaborative research undertakings among member institutions.
The conference usually features a chosen topic of regional importance in a main symposium, as well as side panel discussions or special lectures/meetings on other pertinent issues.