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

Deputy Chair

Kristín Ingvarsdóttir, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Language, Literature and Linguistics, University of Iceland

Secretary to the Board

Duncan McCargo, Professor and Director
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen


Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Associate Professor
Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo

Julie Chen, Professor, Department of Cultures
Department of Cultures, Helsinki University

Anemone Platz, Associate Prof.
School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University


Mikkel Bunkenborg, Associate Professor
University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Eva HanssonPhD/Research administrator
Stockholm Center for Global Asia, Political Science, Stockholm University




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.

Mogens Fog, Rector of University of Copenhagen, Opening Ceremony for NIAS, 1968