The SE Asia Research Group carries out field and laboratory based studies aimed at understanding the tectonic development and geological history of this exciting, active, and beautiful region.

Our research activities range from MSc, MRes, and PhD studies to major thematic programmes, all of which involve collaborations between UK and SE Asian universities, government institutions, and professional organisations.

Our current research projects include understanding the timing and style of basin formation in Central Myanmar and its implications for India–Asia collision, using basement and sedimentary provenance studies to understand basin evolution in the South China Sea, and reconstructing the tectonic evolution of Eastern Indonesia and New Guinea.

You can read more about our research activities and future vision in our SEARG Prospectus

The SE Asia Research Group is funded by industrial companies in three-year consortia. 

If you are interested in joining the SE Asia Research Group consortium contact

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Robert Hall has published an open access paper on ‘the subduction initiation stage of the Wilson cycle’ in the Geological Society Special Publication ‘Fifty Years of the Wilson Cycle Concept in Plate Tectonics’ 

The paper can be downloaded from the Geological Society HERE