Dr. Niki J.P. Alsford

School of Languages & Global Studies

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Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies

Dr Niki Alsford is Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies and specialises in transnational social history of the Asia Pacific region with a particular focus on nineteenth and twentieth century Taiwan. 

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Dr Niki Alsford is Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Languages & Global Studies at UCLan. Dr Alsford welcomes proposals for doctoral research on Taiwan history and society, with emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Alsford was Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences as part of a research project titled: Power and Strategies of Social and Political Order of which his contribution was primarily the continuation of his work on comparative Taiwan social history. A core part of this project explored the formation and development of urban spaces in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Alsford is an appointed Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, the University of London and is an elected executive board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) as well as a strand convenor for the Social History Society. He has worked on a number of collaborative projects that include the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines and the Council of Indigenous Peoples.

Ph.D. History, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), the University of London, 2015

MA, Asia Pacific Studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2011

Bsc (Hons) Applied Social Science (Anthropology & Criminology), the University of Southampton, 2006

External Affiliations and Roles

Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, the University of London

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Alsford, Niki J.P. The Witnessed Account of British Resident John Dodd at Tamsui. (Taipei: SMC Publishing Inc., 2010).

Alsford, Niki J.P. ed. Chronicling Formosa: Setting the Foundations for the Presbyterian Mission 1865-1876 (Taipei: Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, 2015).

Alsford, Niki J.P. The Tea of Taiwan: Contemporary Adaptation. In Taiwan Since Martial Law: Society, Culture, Economy, Politics, edited by David Blundell, 263-297. (Taipei/Berkeley: University of California and National Taiwan University Press, 2012.)

Alsford, Niki J.P. A Barbarian’s House by the River Tamsui: One House and the History of Its Many Occupants, Journal of Family History 40:2 (April 2015): 153-171.



Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Executive Board Member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) 
  • Country of Origin Expert (Taiwan), International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI).


Ongoing Research Projects:

  • The 1935 Hsinchu-Taichung Earthquake: Natural Disasters as Public History
  • Necrogeographical Mapping of Treaty Port Cemeteries in Taiwan – part of the Electric Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) project at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Local Aesthetics with Foreign Perceptions: The Formosan Collection Housed at the British Museum『他者視角下的地方美感』─ 大英博物館臺灣藏 品圖錄出版與倫敦展示計畫草案
  • A Radical Elite?: Existentialism, Invisibility, and Transnational Representations among Taiwanese Intellectuals, 1864-1945
  • Negotiating Legacies: Interrupting Taiwan in Literature and History
  • Power, Legitimacy, and Conspiracy: Non-European Freemasonry


TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • AI2001 Cultural Transformation and Cross Cultural Encounters in the Asia Pacific
  • EB4201 Challenges in Global Development
  • ML2998 SIM
  • MLC002 Introduction to Area Studies
  • ML3990 Dissertation Supervision