The IAS adopts an innovative academic management system. By developing the Signature Research Clusters programme and the Excellence Publication Scheme, the institute conducts ground-breaking research in humanities and social sciences. This research pertains to fundamental, theoretical and forward-looking topics. Specifically speaking, it focuses on cross-disciplinary studies in humanities and social sciences, and integrates research across humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Innovative research is carried out to advance discipline construction, thus achieving joint progress and development in all the fields involved.