About us

Orient Institute

The Orient Institute (IO) was founded in 1989. It is a research unit belonging to Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP - Institute of Social and Political Sciences) at Universidade de Lisboa.


Areas of intervention

Asian Studies are the focus of research at the IO. The approach is multidisciplinary, thanks to the diverse academic backgrounds of its researchers with international experience ranging from Anthropology to International Relations. Particularly relevant are the specific realities of each sub-region and country, as well as the relations between Portugal and Asia.

Activities are carried out under three research groups:

- Middle East and Central Asia;

- East Asia;

Southeast Asia and South Asia.



The IO researchers develop their activity through research projects, organization of thematic conferences, publication of articles, working papers, dissertations and books, and through the development of postgraduate programs, training and consultancy.