Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR)

University of the Sunshine Coast

The ACPIR is the only research centre in an Australian university with an exclusive focus on the Pacific Islands region and the challenges that its peoples face in a rapidly-changing world. The interests of the ACPIR are intentionally unconstrained, allowing its members to conduct research on a range of topics. In the modern world, where so many challenges can only be answered by specialists in different areas, this interdisciplinary approach is key - and is at the core of the research agenda of the ACPIR.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
20-100 research staff
Room T.25, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore QLD 4558

Strengths and capabilities

  • Knowledge of Pacific Island environments
  • Cultural competency in engaging Pacific Island peoples
  • Pacific aquaculture
  • Pacific horticulture
  • Pacific agriculture
  • Rural health in the Pacific Islands
  • Climate change in the Pacific Islands
  • Heritage and culture in the Pacific Islands
  • Pacific island forestry
  • Agribusiness in the Pacific Islands

Facilities and major equipment

  • Plant genetics and molecular laboratories (shared)
  • Field equipment

Lead researcher

Achievements of the centre

  • More than $20m in competitive research funding
  • More than 50 publications in three years on the Pacific

Key science sectors

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