About the ARC
The Asia Research Centre is celebrating twenty years as an international leader in the study of East and Southeast Asia, undertaking fundamental interdisciplinary and disciplinary research into a wide range of social, political and economic dynamics within the region.
Thematic to Centre research is the analysis of conflicts over: political and economic regimes; environmental resources; ethnic, religious and national identities; cultural and media systems; and the security of states, communities and individuals. Analysis spans national, sub-national, regional and international levels. The Centre’s work addresses the National Research Priority of the Australian Research Council: Understanding Our Region and the World.
The Centre’s objectives are to: produce high quality academic research publications for international and domestic audiences; foster the development of high quality research graduates; and to constructively contribute to public policy debate and public understanding on issues concerning contemporary Asia.
Through a nationally competitive process, the Asia Research Centre was established as a Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council in 1991 to provide analysis of social, political and economic change in contemporary East and Southeast Asia. Since the natural conclusion of the Special Research Centre funding in 1999, Murdoch University has continued to support the Centre.
The Asia Research Centre is located in the School of Social Sciences and
Humanities and affiliated with the Institute for Sustainable Societies,
Education and Politics at Murdoch University. The Centre encompasses researchers
from across Murdoch University and regularly engages in collaboration
with researchers from other universities around the world.