Administratively an integral part of Copenhagen University, NIAS maintains a distinct identity as an independent research institute, with its own strategy and research policy.
Organizationally, NIAS comprises a board (currently chaired by Nina Græger, Head of the Department of Political Science), editor-in-chief, librarian, research staff, and support staff, and is led by director Duncan McCargo.
Nina Græger, Professor, Head of Department
Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
Anemone Platz, Associate Professor
School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University
Secretary to the Board
Duncan McCargo, Professor and Director
NIAS, University of Copenhagen
Mikkel Bunkenborg, Associate Professor
University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Julie Chen, Professor, Department of Cultures
Department of Cultures, Helsinki University
Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Associate Professor
Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo
Marina Svensson, Professor and Director
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Gunnella Thorgeirsdottir, Lecturer
Faculty of Language, Literature and Linguistics, University of Iceland
We know, of course, that the institute does not belong to us and has other tasks to perform than those, which are generally carried out by our institutes and departments. The Minister of Education has described the goals and activities of this institute as part of a wider effort of cultural cooperation within the countries of Scandinavia. Not only do we acknowledge that obligation, but we accept it as an expression of confidence from our cousins in spirit and geography that we are to be entrusted with a sanctuary for the growth of mutual enlightenment and education in Asian studies.