The Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies initiative has a specific commitment to undertake research relevant to the Pacific, and to foster the development of Pacific research capability through the development of research partnerships involving Pacific researchers. In particular:
- The journal will commission macroeconomic and issues-based articles relating to PNG and the Pacific Islands in order to deepen the pool of internationally recognised researchers working on the Pacific: of the six commissioned articles that the Journal will commission each year, four will be on the Pacific or on issues relevant to the Pacific;
- At least 30 per cent of articles published in the journal will be directly relevant to the Pacific;
- The initiative will develop policy briefs from commissioned articles and papers for publication on the journal online, including video presentations where appropriate;
- The dissemination and outreach activities of the initiative will include:
Pacific executive policy seminars on issues emerging from the journal articles to be held in selected Pacific countries (one or two each year) and in Australia (one or two each year).
Whole of government seminars on specific economic development issues to be held in conjunction with AusAID following the publication of relevant policy briefs.
Support for Pacific partners to continue broader reaching community outreach activities of the kind that were initiated by the Pacific Economic Bulletin.
- The initiative will facilitate the formation of research teams bringing together researchers (and policy analysts) from the Pacific and international researchers to undertake research with a view to publication in the journal, on the journal online outlets or other destinations.
A specific effort will be made to include women in research teams, and encourage work on gender issues.
Mr Bob Warner
Director, Pacific Research Partnership
Crawford School of Public Policy
College of the Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University