Knowledge Institutes

This page provides an overview of relevant organisations that have conducted research or organised events for the China Knowledge Network.

Clingendael Institute

Clingendael is an independent think tank and a diplomatic academy, based in The Hague - City of Peace and Justice. We aim to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world through our analyses, training and public debate. We work with partners across public and private sectors, including policymakers, members of the armed forces, diplomats, politicians and business executives.


The aim of the LeidenAsiaCentre is to generate academic knowledge on modern East Asia that can find societal applications in the Netherlands. The LeidenAsiaCentre focuses primarily on East Asia: China (including Taiwan), Japan, Korea and Singapore, but is expanding its focus to include South and Southeast Asia, notably India and the Indo-Pacific. As an independent NGO by Dutch law, the LeidenAsiaCente identifies topics related to social-economic and political developments within Asia that are of relevance for the Netherlands and Europe at large.

Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation

Since its creation in 1964, the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA), hosted by the University of Amsterdam, has promoted Latin American Studies in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond. We do this by conducting and stimulating relevant and original research on developments in Latin America and distributing the results of this research internationally via academic education at BA, MA and PhD levels.

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

HCSS conducts research and provides advice on geopolitical and defence & security issues to governments, international institutions and businesses. Our research is characterized by a datadriven, multidisciplinary approach, specialist knowledge and a strategic orientation. We combine broad, conceptual knowledge with qualitative and quantitative methods and present our findings in the form of recommendations, strategic explorations and scenario analyses.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

VU Amsterdam is a unique university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences and medical sciences. Our education and research are closely linked. We combine our top position in research with a strong social orientation, which has resulted in an excellent international reputation. Our education and research are distinctly multidisciplinary. 

Krijger & Partners

Krijger & Partners is a network-organisation. Alex Krijger works together with a diverse group of trusted, local, senior and experienced professionals around the world in e.g. United States, China, India, Russia, MENA, Singapore and Europe. Our partners – men/women, with different cultural / other backgrounds – have experience and expertise in business, government and society. We have the knowledge, networks and methodologies to manage political-business risks and issues in a discrete way. 

Erasmus UPT

Erasmus UPT, Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics  is a research and education company founded by Erasmus University Rotterdam. We provide government and industry with cutting-edge knowledge, international best practice advise and workable policy recommendations.


At Datenna, we build data-driven economic intelligence software on the Chinese industry and innovation landscape to help close the information gap, create transparency, and help governments worldwide to make well-informed decisions in relation to China.

East Asia Institute

The East Asian Institute (EAI) was set up in April 1997 as an autonomous research organization under a statute of the National University of Singapore. The main mission of EAI is to promote both academic and policy-oriented research on East Asian development, particularly the political, economic and social development of contemporary China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), and China’s growing economic relations with the region and the world at large, including Japan, Korea and ASEAN.

Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with nearly 22,000 students and 4,400 employees, is still growing. The university distinguishes itself with its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.


TNO, as a trusted, independent, and pioneering applied science and technology organisation, plays a multifaceted role. We innovate, investigate, and orchestrate, collaborating closely with governments, universities and the private sector. We inform government on policies and empower evidence-based decision-making through rigorous investigations, cutting-edge scientific insights, and reliable measurements. By building national and international consortia and ecosystems, we drive technological and methodological breakthroughs that help to realise a secure, sustainable, healthy, and digital society, and strengthen the earning power of the Dutch economy.