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Pacific-wide specialized research centers
- ANU Pacific Institute
ANU Pacific Institute is a cross-campus ANU forum for discussion and promotion of new initiatives in teaching, research and outreach relating to the Pacific region and its peoples.
- Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (AAPI) - Curtin University
The Institute’s values and research practices stem from the broad research traditions of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Main areas of research: social-cultural, economic, political and environmental change and development in Australia, Asia and the Southwest Pacific; Asian, Southwest Pacific and related ethnic communities within Australia and the region; changing relations between Australia, Asia and the Southwest Pacific.
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
ACIAR’s mandate is to plan, fund and manage projects across a broad range of agricultural and development areas. As part of the Australian development assistance program, ACIAR contributes to the objectives of advancing Australia’s national interests, promoting economic growth and increasing sustainability through assisting and encouraging Australian scientists and institutions to use their skills to develop solutions to agricultural problems in developing countries.
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS is a world-renowned premier research, collecting and publishing organisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present. Its functions were established under the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989. In particular, the Institute undertakes and encourages scholarly, ethical community-based research, and also sets the standard for ethical research in this area.
- Australian Institute of Marine Science
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australia's tropical marine research agency, is recognised internationally for its leadership in research into tropical marine environments and their living aquatic resources. Its mission is to generate and transfer knowledge to support the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment through innovative, world-class scientific and technological research.
- Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) - ANU
CAEPR is Australia’s foremost social science research body focusing on Indigenous economic and social policy from a national perspective. The principal objective of CAEPR is to undertake high-quality, independent and multidisciplinary research that will assist in furthering the social and economic development and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia.
- Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) - University of Wollongong
The Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong was established in 1999 to conduct interdisciplinary research with an intensive focus on social, cultural, economic, political and historical transformations in the Asia Pacific region.
- Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
Unique collaboration between Australia's top research institute conservation managers, the Centre’s major function is to document the biological diversity of the Australian environment through establishing the taxonomic identity and relationships of native plants, their geographical distribution, and their ecological relationships. These studies primarily concentrate on significant national plant groups such as eucalypts, orchids, grasses, grevilleas, mosses, rainforest laurels and the citrus family.
- Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) - Climate and Ocean Monitoring and Prediction
The major objective of the COSPPac - Climate and Ocean Monitoring and Prediction (COMP) project is the continued development of seasonal prediction capacity in Pacific Island National Meteorological Services (NMS). It's hoped that as the capacity to predict seasonal climate increases in Pacific countries, so too will the ability to implement strategies dealing with the management of climate variability and climate change.
- Climate Change Institute - Australian National University
The Climate Change Institute's vision is to build and support a cohesive community of climate change-related researchers and teachers at the ANU. It aims to contribute to climate change solutions through interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching, drawing on the wealth of expertise across the ANU's seven colleges, and to connect its work to governments, the private sector and civil society. One of the Institute's research program deals with "Climate change & the Asia-Pacific region".
- Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) - University of New South Wales
UNSW CCRC is a multi-disciplinary research group comprising expertise in the key areas of Earth's climate: atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes. CCRC research on climate dynamics, global climate change, and extremes of weather and climate falls into 10 broad categories: Climate, Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, Ecosystems, Carbon Cycle, Terrestrial Processes, Climate impacts, Energy Policy, Climate model evaluation, Palaeoclimatology.
- Climate Scientists Australia
Climate Scientists Australia (CSA) is an independent group of senior working scientists with a mission to advance the use in Australia of balanced, scientifically-based information in decisions on climate-related issues. The CSA Secretariat is hosted by ClimateWorks Australia, a new partnership between Monash University and the Myer Foundation. The activities of CSA include publications and diverse events (such as visits to the Parliament House in Canberra).
- CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Its national research flagships are: biosecurity, climate adaptation, digital productivity & services, energy, food futures, future manufacturing, minerals down under, preventative health, sustainable agriculture, water for a healthy country, wealth from oceans.
- Environment Institute - University of Adelaide
The Environment Institute exists to deliver outstanding research across environmental sciences. Its centres and programs: Australian Centre for Ancient DNA; Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity; Centre for Energy Technology; Global Ecology Laboratory; Landscape Futures Program; Marine Biology Program; Sprigg Geobiology Centre; Water Research Centre.
- Global Change Institute (GCI) - University of Queensland
The GCI contributes to evidence-based, progressive solutions to the problems of a rapidly changing world within the existing and projected frameworks of those problems: political, environmental, social, economic, technical. Main areas of research: food security and land use; healthy oceans; renewable energy; transforming policy, institutions and policy.
- Griffith Climate Change Response Program - Griffith University
The GCCRP leads Griffith University’s multidisciplinary research into climate change adaptation and mitigation. Main areas of research: Climate change adaptation in coastal communities; Adapting Australia's towns and cities to climate change; Public health impacts of a changing climate; Land systems and climate change; Understanding human and social responses; Climate change governance.
- Lowitja Institute - Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research
The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research. Main areas of research: Child and Maternal Health; Chronic Diseases and Cancer; Health Policy and Services; Social Determinants; Social and Emotional Wellbeing; Tobacco; Workforce and Capacity Building; Governance; Continuous Quality Improvement; Research Development and Implementation.
- Menzies School of Health Research
The Menzies School of Health Research is a medical research institute dedicated to improving Indigenous health and wellbeing. Established in 1985 as a body corporate of the Northern Territory Government, it now a school within the Charles Darwin University’s Institute of Advanced Studies. Main areas of research: mental health, nutrition, substance abuse, child health and development, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer, kidney disease and heart disease.
- Monash Sustainability Institute
The Monash Sustainability Institute is tackling the big sustainability challenges head on with a distinctive interdisciplinary approach. Main areas of research: climate change, water and water sensitive cities, sustainable development, behaviour change for environmental sustainability, sustainability economics, social sustainability, governance.
- Pacific Climate Change Science
With support from AusAID and the Department of the Environment as part of the Australian Government’s International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO are working with 15 partner Pacific countries to help generate scientific insight into the state of climate change in the Pacific now and in the future, under the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning program (PACCSAP).
- Research School of Asia & the Pacific - ANU
The Research School of Asia & the Pacific is the institutional focus of the research efforts within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Its core mission is threefold: to foster outstanding research work on Asia and the Pacific, to nurture the next generation of scholars and to showcase and disseminate Fellows' research nationally and internationally.
- South Pacific Studies Group (SPSG) - Griffith University
The South Pacific Studies Group (SPCG) is part of the Griffith Asia Institute. SPSG was launched in 2012 in response to various calls from both within and outside Australia for the Federal Government, Australian Universities and other institutions to 're–engage' with the South Pacific region, especially Fiji. It endeavours to promote research, scholarship and public awareness, and develop policies to help alleviate the region’s economic, political, social and environmental challenges.
- State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program
One of the most vibrant units in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) is arguably Australia’s foremost centre for multi-disciplinary research on contemporary Melanesia, Timor-Leste and the wider Pacific. SSGM conducts policy-relevant research and advanced analysis of social change, governance, development, politics and state-society relations in this region, and comprises the most significant concentration of scholars (with 30 academics and 30 PhD students) working on these issues anywhere in the world.