Human rights research

Annual Workshop Furthers Human Rights Research in Asia


RWI’s annual Regional Human Rights Research Methodology Workshop was recently held in Bangkok, with a group of 19 researchers from across Asia participating.

This is the fourth time RWI brings together academics from different countries in Asia to promote regional collaboration and human rights research. The researchers, focusing on human rights topics ranging from migrant workers, the SDGs and climate change are applying a human rights based approach and a gender equality perspective to their selected research topic. Over the course of the 1-year project they will undertake original research using a human rights based approach, engage in peer review processes, and produce an English-language paper for presentation at national, regional or international conferences.

Voices of Researchers

“The workshop has been extremely useful for my research and my teaching. This workshop with a focus on research methodologies is very much needed for academics like me as it will help me greatly on writing research papers in English, and hopefully I can get my papers published in foreign journals in the future. The knowledge and experiences shared during the workshop will greatly benefit my current research. I would also like to share the research methodologies I have learned to my students back home,” says Sun Meng, Associate Professor at China University of Political Science and Law.

“This research initiative contributes significantly
to the Indonesian researcher. First, this program deepens the researcher’s knowledge on the environmental issues. Indonesia has suffered from the long lasting environmental issue of haze smoke, something that happens annually because of the behaviour of local people and industry contribution. This project gives a new look on the urgency of raising awareness on the right to have a clean and healthy environment. Secondly, this project helps us to collaborate and share the similar issues that affect the different countries in ASEAN. Third, it provides access for researchers to publish articles in international journals that are otherwise very difficult to access for Indonesian researchers,” says Hindina Maulida, Research assistant, Department of Sociology, Social and Political Science Faculty, Riau University, Indonesia.