• Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa.

Indian Ocean Region

  • East India Company at Home, 1757-1857 is a 3-year research project (beginning in September 2011 and ending in August 2014) funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project is one of the many externally-funded research programmes developed under the aegis of Warwick University’s Global History & Culture Centre
  • British Indian Ocean Territory, which consists of the Chagos Archipelago and other small island groups, is a territory that was formed in 1965 by agreement with Mauritius and the Seychelles. One of its islands, Diego Garcia (17 sq mi), is a joint U.S.-UK refueling and support station that was used during the Persian Gulf War (1991), the war against Afghanistan (1991) and the second Iraq war (2003).
  • Tufts University's Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies is a focal point for scholarship on the South Asian subcontinent with an emphasis on history, culture, literature, religion, politics, economics and diplomacy in relation to the countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives) and comparative studies of Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
  • Indian Ocean Climatology & Oceanography (IOCO) Gateway provides information on the climate and oceanography (physical, biological, geological, chemical, etc.) of the Indian Ocean.
  • University of Pennsylvania's Summer Institute on "Indian Ocean: Cradle of Globalization" provides many links to useful Indian Ocean sites.
  • Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Bergen has several research projects that focus on the Indian Ocean.
  • Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) is an academic initiative based at Panjab University in Chandigarh and the University of Western Australia in Perth that provides a research umbrella for social science policy-oriented research in the Indian Ocean Rim.
  • Seacology Island Projects aim to preserve the highly endangered biodiversity of islands throughout the world.
  • Stanford University's Indian Ocean Islands resource list provides useful links to websites that focus on the Indian Ocean World.
  • Madadoc is a searchable database of papers and reports about Madagascar.
  • Thèses malgaches en ligne is a collection of theses and dissertations from six public universities in Madagascar.
  • Centre de Recherches sur les Sociétés de l'Océan Indien (CRESOI) was founded in 2001. The Centre is a member of the Unité de Recherches (Océan Indien : Espaces Sociétés), of the Fédération de recherches (Observatoire des sociétés de l’océan Indien), of the École doctorale en sciences humaines de l’Université de La Réunion.
  • Indian Ocean Network project aims to develop collaboration between researchers in Denmark, India and South Africa – as well as with Nordic and European colleagues – who are engaged in studies of transnationalism and cultural exchanges around the Indian Ocean. The network wants to critically examine and revise paradigms of understanding within the field and work towards new "post-multiculturalist" approaches.
  • Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) promotes teaching, research and public activities concerning the Indian sub-continent, its links to Africa and the Indian Ocean, and builds on the multi-faceted networks developed with Indian universities, research institutions and public agencies.
  • Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) aims to develop a revamped Indian Ocean regional academic network built on at least two pillars – Panjab University in Chandigarh and the University of Western Australia in Perth.
  • Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University focuses on the history, culture, literature, religion, politics, economics and diplomacy in the South Asian subcontinent and the Indian Ocean rim. It is committed to promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives, which together make up the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
  • Sealinks Project is a large, multidisciplinary project involving collaboration with individuals and institutions around the Indian Ocean and beyond. Its aim is to study the earliest maritime connections that linked up and gradually transformed societies around the Indian Ocean.

IOW and Global History

  • The 1421 Myth Exposed was set up by an international group of academics and researchers who are greatly concerned about the myths being created and perpetuated by Gavin Menzies in his book, 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, where he claims that Chinese admiral Zheng He circumnavigated the globe, and in the process "discovered" most of the world.



  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
  • Pacific Disaster Center's report on the Great Sumatra-Andaman Islands earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred on 26 December 2004 provides an overview of the impact of the earthquake and associated tsunami that claimed nearly 300,000 lives across eight countries, including Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Maldives and Somalia. The site also provides maps, images and GIS data.
  • Harvard University’s China Historical GIS project was launched in January 2001 to establish a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 221 BCE and 1911 CE.
  • ORBIS is the Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, and an example of the use of interactive digital maps in research. It expresses Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense taking account of seasonal variation and accommodating a wide range of modes and means of transport, thus allowing for reconstructions the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.

South China Sea Region