This project is a study of Japans energy infrastructural support in Southeast Asian countries, asking how Japan invested in Southeast Asias energy sector, at what scale and volume, and in what political economy it was embedded. By looking through the past twenty years (2000-2020), this project situates itself in a particular era of Southeast Asian history that is punctuated by large-scale stresses and shifts, including the global economic recession of 2008 onwards, the rise of China and China-Southeast Asia geopolitics, the infrastructure boom in Southeast Asia, and the institution of normative agreements on climate change and sustainable development. The project will investigate (1) the evolution of Japanese energy investments in the region, (2) the drivers for its flows and ebbs, and (3) the influence of national policies and governance systems on this evolution.
The UROP student will contribute to the desk review of extant databases, news articles, peer-reviewed journal articles, and other secondary sources.
At the end of the Summer, the UROP student will have experience in systematically reviewing the secondary literature. In particular, the UROP student will gain critical skills on how to appreciate various secondary sources/materials against the research questions.