Laureate Fellow 2012 to present
Informal life politics in the remaking of Northeast Asia
Professor Morris-Suzuki's Australian Laureate Fellowship will help her and her team develop a new framework for observing emerging and significant, but little understood, forms of political activity in rapidly changing areas of Asia. The research project focuses on grassroots movements in Japan, China, Taiwan, the two Koreas and Mongolia which which aim to protect local livelihood and well-being in the face of political, economic and environmental change. This cross-border research will contribute both to understanding of the Northeast Asian region at a time of crucial transformation, and to debates about social movements and their political implications. Professor Morris-Suzuki's research interests include grassroots movements and survival politics in Northeast Asia, the Korean War in regional context, and memory and reconciliation in Northeast Asia.