About Us


Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia


  • Launched in February 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, SHAPE-SEA is a collaboration between two academic networks based in Southeast Asia: AUN-HRE (30 member universities) and SEAHRN (22 members)
  • Overall Aim: To contribute to the improvement of the human rights and peace situation in ASEAN/ Southeast Asia through applied research and education.
  • It focuses on supporting research on innovative and critical projects on human rights and peace, and in exploring ways in which this knowledge is made accessible to university students throughout ASEAN/SEA.
  • SHAPE-SEA Secretariat is hosted by the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) at Mahidol University
  • Supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR)

Core Themes

  • ASEAN and Human Rights
  • Business Accountability
  • Peace and Security
  • Governance and Justice
  • Academic Freedom

Main Areas of Work

  • ResearchSupporting and contributing to the existing knowledge through high quality research on human rights and peace in ASEAN/ Southeast Asia.
  • EducationDirectly involve and engage SEA/ASEAN universities to play a more significant role in the sustainability of human rights protection by contributing research, and increasing the knowledge on human rights and peace by incorporating these issues into university education.
  • Academic Partnership and Public AdvocacyCreate spaces for knowledge building and dissemination among the academic community and other human rights and peace stakeholders and create awareness about human rights and peace issues in the region through public advocacy.
  • PublicationsProduction and dissemination of human rights and peace research to a diverse audiences in ASEAN/Southeast Asia.