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Thesis Topics

On this page you can find sample term paper topics for the academic year 2023/2024. If you would like to submit an initiative topic of coursework, please contact your chosen supervisor.

Starting October 16th, you can apply for your thesis topic via LMS.

Please note! Before submitting your application in the LMS, be sure to obtain prior consent from your supervisor that he/she is willing to take you under his/her supervision, and agree with him/her on the exact wording of the topic.

Eriks Varpahovskis


1. Challenges and Opportunities of Sino-Nordic Science Diplomacy
2. Comparison of South Korean and Japanese Arctic Diplomacy
3. Nation Branding and Soft Power Through Transnational Higher Education in Asia (select countries)
4. Evaluation of Memory Wars in East Asia Through the Concept of Cultural Security
5. Comparison of South Korean and Japanese ODA Diplomacy in Africa/ASEAN/Central Asia/ Latin America (select region)
6. City Diplomacy in Asia (select cities): What Are Conditions That Turn Cities into Political Actors
7. What Is a Successful Science Diplomacy (select case study, e.g., ITER): Exploration of Outcomes of Country's Participation in Science Mega-Projects
8. Youth Diplomacy As a Driver of Country Image Promotion (select case study, e.g., GKS, MEXT, OIC youth forum, BRICS youth forum, etc.)
9. Evaluation of Mega-Events As a Country Branding Instrument (select a case study in Asia, e.g., Olympics, EXPO, hosting headquarters, etc.)
10. Chinese Museum Diplomacy As Public Diplomacy and Soft Power Tool
11. Video Products (Series, Movies, Mukbang, etc.) As a Driver of Purchase Behavior (Experimental study)
12. Evolution of South Korean Migration Policy: Exploration of Factors Causing Policy Change
13. Diaspora Diplomacy in Asia (select case study, e.g., the Chinese diaspora in Malaysia): Factors Causing Transformation of Diaspora into a Political Actor
14. Development of Migration Policies in Asia
Evgeniy Galchenko


1. Impact of Coronacrisis on the World Economy/International Trade/Global Value Chains (GVCs)/China/ASEAN
2. Positions of Multilateral Institutions/ASEAN Regarding Regulation of Digital Economy / E-commerce/ Cryptocurrencies Circulation
3. Foreign Companies’ Strategies Regarding Asian Markets (Digital/Tech Giants, Online Platforms)
4. Russia: Pivot to the East amid Western Sanctions (Economic and Business Aspects, Import Substitution)
5. International Tourism as a Factor of Economic Growth in Asia
6. China-US: Trade Wars / Technological Divide and Implications for Global Governance/International Trade
7. Trade and Economic Relations of ASEAN with the EU/UK amid Brexit
8. Evolution of Regional Integration in Asia (ASEAN, CPTPP, RCEP, EU-Japan FTA)
9. Opportunities and Risks of Cooperation Between Russia and China (Global Financial System Reform/Foreign Trade/ Positions in International Organisations/ BRICS)
10. PRC/Japan/ROK: Global Governance (Various Aspects – Trade Disputes/Digital Economy/Finance/Ecology/Climate/etc) and Its Impact on the National Economy
Ivan Deseatnicov


1. Technological Decoupling and Its Consequences
2. Economic Effects of Export Controls
3. Economic Analysis of Globalization
4. Economic Effects of Capital Controls
5. Economic Analysis of Global Value Chains
6. Multinational Companies and Their Activities in Asia
7. Economic Analisys of Foreign Markets Entry and Exit
8. Applied Micro-Econometric Analysis of Companies' Activities
Olesya Emel'yanova


1. Development of Industrial Parks in Japan as a Factor of Economic Growth
2. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and the Prospects for Further Cooperation Between the Two Countries
3. Japan’s Innovation Strategy "Society 5.0" and the Prospects for Its Implementation
4. “Smart City” Development Program in Japan and Its Effect on the Economy
5. Prospects for the Economic Policy of the New Administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida
6. Impact of COVID-19 on Japanese Economic Development. Measures and Perspectives
7. Energy Strategy in Japan
8. Research and Development Cooperation of Japan and the USA: Achievements and Perspectives
9. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector in Japan and Prospects for Its Development
Nina V. Ershova


1. The Strategies of Asian Firms on Foreign Markets
2. Japanese Management Adaptation and Transformation Abroad
3. The Transformation of Japanese Labour Relations
4. State-Business Relations in Japan
5. Asian Economies in the Energy Resources Trade
6. Japanese Energy Policy
7. Technological Develoment of Asian Economies
Maksim Karpov


1. The Impact of Korean Dramas on Tourism: Examining the Relationship between K-dramas and the Tourism Industry
2. AI in Education: Assessing the Integration of Artificial Intelligence in South Korea's Educational System
3. AI in Smart Cities: Analyzing South Korea's Deployment of Artificial Intelligence for Urban Development
4. AI in Financial Services: Examining China's Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Banking, Fintech, and Investment Analysis
5. AI and Robotics in Japanese Society: Exploring the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Daily Life and Social Interactions
6. AI and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South Korea: Examining the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Transforming Industries
7. China's Belt and Road Initiative: Assessing the Geopolitical and Economic Implications of China's Global Infrastructure Project
8. Korean Wave: How K-pop and Hallyu Have Contributed to South Korea's Soft Power and Economic Growth
9. South Korea's Green Energy Transition: Investigating the Government's Efforts to Promote Renewable Energy
10. The Chinese Housing Market Bubble: Analyzing the Factors Behind the Phenomenon and the Potential Risks
11. The Role of Taiwan's High-Tech Industry in Shaping its Economic Growth
12. The Role of State-Owned Enterprises in China's Economy: Examining the Strategies and Impact on Economic Growth
13. The Role of AI in Gaming: Investigating the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Game Development and Virtual Reality Experiences in Japan
14. The Role of Japanese Corporations in Global Innovation: Examining the Strategies and Impact of Japanese Companies
15. The Singapore Model: Exploring the Factors Behind Singapore's Rapid Economic and Social Transformation
16. The Chaebol System and its Role in South Korea's Economic Development: Analyzing the Advantages and Disadvantages
17. The Rise of South Korea as a Global Automotive Powerhouse: Analyzing the Factors Behind its Success in the Automobile Industry
18. China's AI Strategy: Analyzing the National Development Plans and Initiatives for Artificial Intelligence in China
19. Malaysia's Digital Economy Transformation: Examining the Government's Efforts to Foster Innovation and Technological Advancements
20. AI-generated Artistic Expression in South Korea: Assessing the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Creating Visual Art, Music, and Performance Art
21. The Evolution of Japanese Pop Culture and its Global Influence: Analyzing the Factors Behind Japan's Cultural Export
22. The Ethical Implications of AI Development in Japan: Analyzing the Challenges and Regulations Surrounding AI Ethics
23. The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and its Implications for Japan's Energy Policy
Natalia Kim


1. MeToo and Its Impact on Social Relations in South Korea (2018-2023)
2. Labor Migration to the Republic of Korea: Structure and Challenges (2000-2023)
3. Structure and Functions of the North Korean Political Myth
4. The Generation Gap and Its Social Implications in South Korea in the Early 21 Century
Olga Klochko


1. Internationalization Strategies of Asian Multinational Enterprises
2. Specifics of Asian Enterprises as Latecomer MNEs
3. Asian Country's Role in Global Value Chains (example of a particular country)
4. Portfolio nd Corporate Strategy Transformation in Asian MNEs
5. Characteristics of Foreign Direct Investments of Asian Countries
Курапова Анна Геннадьевна


1. Intellectual Property as a Factor of Economic Growth on the Example of Asian Countries
2. Economic and Legal Aspects of Franchising in Asian Countries
3. The Impact of Digital Technologies on the Development of the Institution of Intellectual Property
4. Loans Secured by Intellectual Property in China and South Korea: Problems and Prospects
5. Features of Legal Regulation of Intellectual Property in Asian Countries
6. Challenges Creation and Management of Intangible Assets on the Example of Asian Countries
7. Problems of Effective Use of Intellectual Property in Competition in Global Markets
8. Features of Intellectual Property Protection in Global Online Markets on the Example of Asian Countries
9. Policies of Foreign Countries on Issues of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Under Sanctions Restrictions
Nikita Kuklin

1. Anticolonial discourse in Indonesia: a modern-day approach
2. Religious organizations history and development in Indonesia
3. Strongmen style and the problem of political leadership in Indonesian domestic policy
4. Rethinking Pancasila as the ideological foundation of contemporary Indonesian statehood
Tatiana Larina


1. The Image of Country N in the Minds of Russian and Chinese Youth
2. The Image of a Terrorist: Comparing the Views of Russian and Chinese Youth
3. The Main Fears of the Youth of Russia and China
4. The Role of Emotional Culture in the Daily Practices of the Youth of the Country N
5. Social Infantilism in Russian and Asian-type Societies
6. Patriotism in Russian and Chinese: Comparison of Russian and Chinese students
7. Questions of Sociology: Mass Surveys in Russia and China
8. Strategies for Resolving Conflicts in the Team: Comparison of Russia and China
9. The Image of Terrorists in the Media: China vs. Hong Kong
Alexander Larionov


1. Economic Cooperation Between Russia and China in the Sphere of Trade
2. Economic Cooperation Between Russia and China in the Sphere of Investments
3. Сooperation Between Russia and China in the Field of Payment Systems
4. Interaction Between Russia and China at the Regional Level
5. The Participation of China in the WTO Trade Dispute System
6. The Factors of Chinese Banking System Development
7. The Factors of Chinese Insurance Market Development
8. The Factors of Chinese Economic Growth
Elena Ostrovskaya


1. Particularities of Integration Process in the Asia-Pacific Region
2. ASEAN Soft Model of Regional Integration
3. Regional Trade Induced by the ASEAN: Outcomes and Challenges
4. RTAs as a Distinct Feature of the New Regionalism
5. The EU – ASEAN Trade Links
6. The EU – China Trade Links
7. Outcomes of the EC-Asian Country RTA (to choose from Japan, South Korea, Vietnam etc)
8. First Outcomes of the EAEU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement
9. FTA as an Instrument of South Korean Economic Growth
10. Possible consequences of the conclusion of the Agreement on a Free Trade Zone between the EAEU and Indonesia for the development of mutual trade and economic cooperation
11. The EAEU – ASEAN Trade Links
12. The EAEU Looking Eastward: Challenges and Prospects of Economic Cooperation
13. ASEAN Importance as a Regional Trade Block
14. Dealing with Pollution in Asia: Best Practice Cases
15. Regulation of Digital Trade Within the ASEAN: Challenges and Prospects
16. Dealing with China: ASEAN Experience
17. ASEAN as a Soft Power Politics Case
18. Asian Countries Role in the Paris Climate Agreement Implementation
19. Big Eurasia Project
20. One Belt One Road Initiative and Infrastructure Challenges for Russia
21. Bringing Together the North Sea Link and One Belt – One Road Initiative
22. Russian Rail Infrastructure Challenge Facing the Prospects of the OBOR Initiative
23. Russian Infrastructure Challenges in the Light of OBOR Initiative
24. The main areas of cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific region
25. The Impact of the Sanctions Confrontation with the West on the Development of Cooperation between Russia and ASEAN
26. The Impact of the Sanctions Confrontation with the West on the Development of Cooperation between Russia and China
27. The impact of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement on mutual cooperation
28. Russian Energy Competing for Asian Markets
29. LNG Asian Market Conjuncture
30. The Role of APEC in the Asian Region
31. The Chinese Stance on the WTO Reform
32. Trade Policy Making Mechanism in China
33. Economic Support Policy in China
34. China's BRICS Priorities
35. Business Opportunities for Asian Countries in the Russian Far East
36. Russia and China in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
37. The Impact of SCO Enlargement on the Priorities of Mutual Cooperation of Member States
38. RCEP – a New Phase in Regional Cooperation
39. First Outcomes of the TPP
40. Comparative analysis of TTP-11 and RCEP
41. South Korea's RCEP Priorities
42. RCEP as an incentive for the development of cooperation between Japan and China
43. Evolution of the USA policy towards TTP
44. The Role of the USA in Asia
45. The WTO Governmental Procurement Deal: Challenges for Asian Countries
46. Western Sanctions Against Russia: the Role of Asian Countries
47. The Impact of Western Sanctions on Russian Exports to Asian Countries
48. Russian Economic priorities while turning East
49. Advantages and opportunities for Russia's turn to the East
50. The role of China in Africa
51. Comparative analysis of the role of Russia and China in Central Asia
52. Migration as a Global Problem Illustrated by Asian Countries
Olga Puzanova


1. Modern and Contemporary History of East Asia, Including Political and Economic History As Well As History of Art and Religion; Comparative Topics
2. Japanese domestic and foreign policy analysis, bilateral and multilateral relations involving Japan in East Asia
3. Territorial Disputes in East Asia
Anastasia Pyatachkova


1. Modern Trends in the US-China Relations
2. China's Aid in the (Post)covid Era
3. The Role of Belt and Road Initiative in Chinese Foreign Policy
4. China’s Economic Diplomacy: Belt and Road Initiative Case Study
5. The South China Sea Issue in China-ASEAN Relations
6. The Analysis of the Modern Foreign Policy Concepts in China
7. China's Role in International Organizations
8. The Development of International Relations Theory in China
Yurii Saplin-Silanovitskii


1. Russia-Japan Trade and Economic Relations
2. Japan's Economic Policy Towards Asia
3. Contemporary Japan-China Economic Relations
4. Japanese Management
Georgy Safonov


1. Economic Assessment of Green Energy Deployment in the Leading Economies of Asia: Current Trends and Long-term Perspectives
2. Climate Change Mitigation Actions in Asian Region: Key Plays, Strategies and Cooperation Opportunities
3. Sustainability in Asia: Country Case Studies
Alexandra Sizova


1. International Relations in East and Central Asia in the Early 21st Century
2. Foreign Policy of the PRC in the 21st Century: Goals, Institutions, Mechanisms
3. Russia’s Diplomacy in East Asia at the beginning of the 21st Century
4. The Image of China in Foreign Countries’ Media in the Early 21st Century
5. The Symbols of Traditional Culture in the Diplomatic and Marketing Strategies of China/Mongolia
6. The Development of the Social Sector in China in the "New Era"
7. China’s Scientific and Technological Development in the 21st Century
8. Information technology and the Internet in the PRC in the 21st Century
9. Chinese Business Culture: Traditions and Transformations in the 21st Century
10. Business Education in Contemporary China
Tatiana Sokolova


1. Marketing Mix Promotion Strategy for Korean Cosmetics in Russia: Challenges and Opportunities
2. Sustainable development (Comparison of Russian Federation/Republic of Korea/Central Asia)
3. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in South Korea
4. ESG Policy Trends in South Korea's Public Institutions
Anri Chedia


1. South Caucasus in the Foreign Policy of the Republic of China 1991-2023
2. South Caucasus in the Foreign Policy of the Republic of South Korea 1991-2023
3. Turkish-Korean Relations
Sergey Chernikov

schernikov@hse.ru, sergeycher2003@mail.ru

1. The Economic Controversies Between Feminism and Confucianism Traditions in East-Asian Countries
2. Women Impact on Gaming Industry in South Korea/Japan/South-Eastern Asia
3. The Shift of Food Traditions in East Asian Countries Food Markets
4. Cultural Impact Analysis of Housing Problems in Asian Countries
5. Digitalization Impact on Social Problems of East- and South-Eastern Asian States
6. Comparative Analysis of Most Popular Bloggers/Influencers/Tic-tokers in Asian Countries (at least 4)
7. Western Influence on Marriage Patterns and Markets in East — Asian Countries
8. Psychotherapy Image in Culture and Lifestyle of Asian Countries
9. "Kodokushi" — a Symptom of Changing Social and Economic Relations in Asian Countries
10. Evolution of an «Ideal Boyfriend» Brand in the Culture of Asian Countries in 1990-2021 Period
11. Social-Economic Impact of Unemployment on Culture of Asian Countries
12. Reflection of «Healthy Lifestyle» Trend Among Female Consumers in Asian Countries
Denis Shcherbakov


1. Russia-Japan investment cooperation
2. Russia-Japan trade cooperation
Alina Shcherbakova


1. Transformation of the Global Food Market in the XXI Century
2. Changes in Asian Consumption: Economic Consequences for Global Food Market
3. Food Security in Asia
4. Food Trade Between Russia and Asian Countries
5. GMOs and Asia: Opportunities and Obstacles
6. Soft Power and Asian Countries
7. Sustainable Development in Asia
8. Asia and Latin America: Economic Cooperation