Function and Research Activities
Major Research Foci:
The South Asia Research Unit (SARU), which was established in 1991, coordinates and provides a focus for teaching and research on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences, within the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. Its broad interests include cultural, economic, political and social change in those countries that comprise the South Asian region.
Recent And Current Projects:
Increasingly, SARU's projects have addressed issues relating to globalisation, which can be divided into four areas of research: New/Old Economy (Economic Liberalisation of South Asian Business, the emergence of new export-orientated industries and the problem of natural resource management); Labour Relations and Trade Unions in South Asia; Globalisation, the State, Culture, Media and Information - The Changing Face of South Asia; and Historicising Globalisation in South Asia. More specifically, they include the following:
New/Old Economy centres around global corporate restructuring and its impact on South Asian economies and societies.
- Domestic Appliances (Whitegoods) industry in south Asia: The impact of Foreign Investment and Liberalisation.
- The global agri-food system and export-orientated aquaculture in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
- Export-orientated Garment production in Bangladesh.
- Patterns of relocation and delocation of e-mediated service work from industrialised countries to South India.
- The commodification and internationalisation of higher education in South Asia.
- Sustainable development, agrarian transformation and water resource Management in Bangladesh and India.
Labour Relations and Trade Unions in South Asia focuses on how global corporate restructuring is creating more flexible labour forces in developing countries in general and South Asia in particular.
- Trade Union Responses to global integration and new-liberalisation.
- Labour Relations in Export Orientated Industries.
Globalisation, the State, Culture, Media and Information: The Changing Face of South Asia examines the growing information revolution in south Asia and issues of media control, intellectual property rights, and the emergence of South Asia-based IT and knowledge industries.
- Problems of Governance in South Asia.
- Electronic Databases and the Knowledge Industry in South Asia.
- Culture, Media and Information in South Asia.
- The e-mediated service industry in India.
- The ongoing development and maintenance of the South Asia Resources Database.
- Electronic access to seminal documents: rare, colonial and post-colonial. Digital Colonial Documents.
- Internationalising South Asian Scholarly Data. Electronic access to scholarly data. Internationalising South Asian Scholarly Data.
Historicising Globalisation in South Asia aims to examines the historical origins of South Asia's place within the contemporary global economy.
- Exchange Banks, India, British Imperial State and the world Economy: 1850 - 1914.
- Globalisation and Uneven Capitalist Development in Bengal: 1848 - 1914.
- The Impact of Global Forces on the Development of the Fishing Industry in India: 1793 - 1947.
- Temples of the Chola Kings: The role of temples in the dissemination of the idea of the state and political economy in South Asia.
- The role of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in contemporary Indian politics.