Who we are

The Contemporary East Asia Studies (CEAS) Initiative provides an open academic platform for research and debate on contemporary issues about East Asia and the world. Engaging people from all backgrounds interested in this region, CEAS strives to mobilize academic and social resources to facilitate academic activities concerning China and East Asia from an inclusive perspective. As the first student initiative focusing on the East Asia region at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), CEAS responds to the increasing demand among the student body to make sense of the relationship between East Asia and the rest of the world in the contemporary context. We have a strong faith in constructive dialogues and we are committed to serving as an inclusive channel for ideas exchange.

What we do

The long-term vision of CEAS is to develop into the forefront of student research associations of East Asian studies in Europe. CEAS’ operation complements the mission of the Graduate Institute of Geneva–– to promote academic exchange and to enable its research findings to reach out to the wider community. Meanwhile, CEAS maintains an unbiased academic platform for students from all around the world and gives them chances to exchange, communicate and analyze political, economic, and social developments of East Asia and their consequences for the international community. By doing so, CEAS acts as a bridge of different ideas, perspectives and cultures to build understanding, trust and friendship.


To this end, CEAS organizes seminars and workshops, holds public talks, and invites research presentations on a regular basis. It actively responds to the interests of the student body and addresses frontier issues related to East Asia. For example, in November 2020, CEAS invited a prominent scholar on US-China relationship to talk about the implications of the US election to the region. During the Geneva Peace Week, CEAS enabled an engaging discussion on Peacekeeping in Asia with two experts on the region. To celebrate the Lunar New Year in 2021 and 2022, CEAS designed a series of thematic events, which are both recreational and meaningful, to provide an opportunity for the student body to get to know the culture and traditions of East Asia. In fall 2021, CEAS also organized the first Geneva Forum on East Asia in 2021 to bring together renowned scholars and experts to discuss trends in the relationships between East Asia and the world.

Our Board Members


Camille Lau


"I am a second year Master's student in development studies and I am interested in energy politics, commodity trades, China & Africa relations, Sino-U.S. strategic competition etc. I joined CEAS because of my interest in the region's culture, politics, and its increasing geo-politics significance. I am also interested in the growing role that China plays and contributes to global governance. Amid mass media representations of politics, culture, and society that shape our experiences and perceptions, I believe CEAS could provide something alternative--diversified perspectives and rich background context, for interesting parties to have a better understanding on East Asia, and to participate in in-depth academic discussions."

The mission & vision of CEAS