The Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University.


The IOWC is a research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy, and cultures of the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean world (IOW) – from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.


The Indian Ocean World Centre is led by Professor Gwyn Campbell and a team of highly accomplished academics.

The Appraising Risk Project

Appraising Risk is an international collaboration based at the Indian Ocean World Center with academic partners across the world.


Established in 2017, the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies is an open-access journal, published twice annually by the McGill University Library.

Latest from the IOWC

Register for the Appraising Risk Summer School Workshop!

This workshop serves two core purposes. First, it is an update on some of the work being conducted as part of the SSHRC Partnership Project, ‘Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World.’ Workshop participants will learn how to standardise archival materials relating to… Read More

Climate Experts Give Their Views on Climate Change in the Context of the COP26

Watch our compelling interdisciplinary discussion on climate change and the impacts of flooding. A panel of three climatologists, each based on a different continent, talk about their work in the context of the latest United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow (31 October-12 November 2021), with a special focus on the Indian Ocean world (from… Read More

The IOWC 10th Anniversary Report

To celebrate 10 years of the IOWC’s existence, we have published a report that looks back on its past activities and successes and looks forward to the future. Download the report here.

The IOWC’s history in three points:

  • Indian Ocean Project (IOP) established by Gwyn Campbell in 1993 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • The IOP was reborn in 1999 as the Association pour l’étude de l’Afrique et les pays de l’Océan Indian (AAOI) at the University of Avignon, France.

  • The AAOI becomes the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) based at McGill University.