Dr. Niki J.P. Alsford

Reader in Asia Pacific Studies/Strategy and Development Lead of Asia Pacific Studies/Head of Asia Pacific Institutes

School of Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB144

+44 (0) 1772 89 4137


Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies

Dr Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies and specialises in anthropological studies of the Asia Pacific region. He is the Strategy and Development Lead for Asia Pacific Studies and is Head of Asia Pacific Institutes in the School of Language & Global Studies.

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Dr Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Language & Global Studies at UCLan. Dr Alsford welcomes proposals for doctoral research on Asian Pacific society and culture. He is particularly keen on proposals pertaining to Taiwan and the wider Pacific Ocean.

Dr Alsford is Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies; Director of the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies; Director of the Institute for Japanese Studies; and is Chair of the Centre of Austronesian Studies. He is also an appointed Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, the University of London and is a Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.

He is a Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society and Country of Origin Expert (Taiwan) for the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)

He is available for Radio, Television, and Press, for all matters relating to Taiwan.

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Niki has published several articles on The Conversation, to read them please follow the links below.


  • Ph.D. Modern East Asian 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


Alsford, Niki J.P and Hu Chia-yu, 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. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2018.

Alsford, Niki J.P., Buried Treasurers: Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Archives Held at the School of Oriental & African Studies, the University of London Taipei: Council of Indigenous Peoples, 2017.

Alsford, Niki J.P. Transitions to Modernity in Taiwan: The spirit of 1895 and the cession of Formosa to Japan . London: Routledge, 2017.

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. Torn Between Two Worlds: Rev. Shoki Coe, Domesticity, and the Taiwanese Self-Determination Movement. In The Shaping of Christianity in China, edited by Paul Woods, 233-250 Oxford: Regnum Publishing Company, 2017.

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.

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Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


External Affiliations

  • Editorial Board Member, Asian Institute of Research, since 2018
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Since 2017
  • Book Series Editor, BRILL Series in Taiwan Studies, (Leiden: BRILL), since 2017
  • Editorial Board Member, World Journal of Social Science Research (WJSSR), since 2016
  • Editorial Board Member, Asian Social Science (ASS), since 2016
  • Country of Origin Expert (Taiwan), International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) – since 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society since 2013

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • AI2500 Taiwan in the Asia Pacific
  • KO4014 Divided Nations: Disputes, Violence and Conflict (from 2019-20 Academic Year)


PhD Student Researchers

Simon Green
Email: SGreen25@uclan.ac.uk

The Formosan aborigines and the Spanish (1626-1642)

Previous histories of the Spanish settlement on Taiwan (1626-1642)  have focused on the Spanish experience. The literature, however, contains some of the earliest written accounts of the island's aborigines. I hope to look at the current literature on the Spanish in Northern Formosa and extract details regarding the aborigines. I then hope to advance this research, finding new sources and reinvestigating the old ones to compile as complete a story as possible of aborigine life in Northern Taiwan in the early 1600s.

Yin Peng
Email: YPeng5@uclan.ac.uk

China's policy towards South Korea (1961-2017)

China, on one hand, has been seen as a growing economic hub, which has attracted profound attention from many researchers, policymakers, historians and so on. On the other hand, geography and history have been combined to understand the importance of the Korean peninsula to China. This research aims to investigate China's diplomatic and economic policies through an analysis of China's changing approaches towards South Korea from the beginning of 1960s to the end of 2010s. Since China's relations with South Korea has changed from one of  complete hostility to a de facto economic one, the research thereby emphasises on factors that influenced China's policy towards South Korea, from "Non-Policy" to "Two-Koreas Policy".