Asia Research Centre: Celebrating 20 years
Asia Research Centre, (2012) Asia Research Centre: Celebrating 20 years. Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
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Celebrating 20 years since its inception as a Special Research Centre.
The Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University was first established in 1988. Then in 1991, through a nationally competitive process, it became a Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council (ARC).
As one of only two federally-funded special research centres on Asia in Australia, its brief was to enhance Australia’s understanding of its Asian environment by providing analysis of social, political and economic change in contemporary East and Southeast Asia. In its first nine years of operation (1991 – 1999), central projects considered the impact of the emerging middle classes upon the social, economic and political environments of the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the implications of the currency and financial crises.
Following the cessation of funding by the Australian Research Council, which it received for the maximum period of nine years available to a ‘special centre’, the Asia Research Centre had to develop new strategies to maintain its role as an internationally recognised leader in research on contemporary Asia, and seek alternative sources of income. In line with this, key projects in 2000 examined globalisation as well as national and local systems of governance, and cross-border policy issues including the human impact of animal diseases, environmentally sustainable settlements and reverse migration.
The Asia Research Centre was reconstituted in 2002 as a divisional centre at Murdoch University. Since then its objectives have been to: produce high quality academic research publications for international and domestic audiences; foster the development of high quality research graduates; and contribute constructively to public policy debate and public understanding on issues concerning contemporary Asia.
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