Establishing the new Australia-China-Pacific trilateral research network on Pacific studies

28 August 2018

The Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) has been awarded a grant of $24,820 by the Australia-China Council to establish a new trilateral research network on Pacific studies. The informal network, to be convened by DPA Research Fellow Denghua Zhang, will draw together leading experts from universities and research institutes in Australia, China and Pacific Island Countries to promote knowledge sharing and research collaboration concerning the Pacific.

The informal network, to be convened by DPA Research Fellow Denghua Zhang, will draw together leading experts from universities and research institutes in Australia, China and Pacific Island countries to promote knowledge sharing and research collaboration concerning the Pacific.

The trilateral research network is the first of its kind globally. In preparation for the establishment of this network, the project will examine current research about Oceania in Chinese universities and research institutions.

It is anticipated to become an important component of the broader Australia-China engagement strategy that ANU has in the Pacific region. This project will build on existing partnerships and form new ones between ANU, Chinese universities and Pacific universities.

The research network will pool the intellectual resources on Pacific studies in order to enhance understanding of issues of interest to each of the partners’ governments and academic communities. It will also support the identification of new areas for engagement between Australia and China in the Pacific, such as collaborative research, dialogue between institutions, and trilateral aid cooperation.

The network will convene at a workshop at ANU in mid-2019 bringing key members together to set the academic agenda for its operation. It is envisaged that workshops will be held every two years, rotating between universities and research institutes in Australia, China and Pacific states.

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