The work of the Unit is based on collaboration with scholars of the region and knowledge of local languages. MIASU supports its graduate students and research scholars with the provision of specialist literature in the library, language tuition, assistance with research initiatives and its visiting scholar scheme which brings Inner Asian scholars to the Cambridge to work alongside Unit members.

The Unit also holds regular Research Seminars throughout the academic year and in 2007 launched a new annual Strategic Seminar Series, each year  focusing on a particular problem area within Inner Asia, creating a forum for frank and open discussion between academics, policymakers, journalists and independent commentators.

In addition we host research projects, run international conferences and have an active publications programme.