Griffith Asia Institute (GAI)

Griffith University

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The Griffith Asia Institute produces innovative, interdisciplinary research on key developments in the politics, economics, societies and cultures of Asia and the South Pacific. By promoting knowledge of Australia's changing region, the Griffith Asia Institute seeks to inform and foster academic scholarship, public awareness and considered and responsive policy making. Griffith was the first University in the country to offer Asian Studies to undergraduate students and remains a pioneer in this field. This strong history means that today, the Institute can draw on the expertise of some 50 Asia-Pacific focused academics from many disciplines across the university. The Institute’s research programs include: - Asian security - Agribusiness - Asian governance - Political economy and development, International business and investment - Asia-Pacific women in leadership.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Understanding economic and political trends in the Asia-Pacific region
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Market evaluation, consumer behaviour and supply of tropical fruit in Asia
  • Expertise in foreign policies of Australia and Asia-Pacific countries
  • Nuclear security in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Transitional and post-conflict justice in the Asia Pacific
  • Global health security and governance
  • Sustainable development and climate change in the Asia Pacific
  • International negotiation and trade
  • Expertise in Chinese politics and economy

Facilities and major equipment

  • International Business Develoment Unit
  • APEC Study Centre
  • Griffith Agribusiness

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Room 1.30, Macrossan Building (N.16), Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, 4111

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

  • Facilitating research for four major South Pacific central banks
  • Knowledge transfer with State Bank of Vietnam
  • Analysis of Mango Markets, Trade and Strategic Research Issues in the Asia-PacificAnalysis of Mango Markets, Trade and Strategic Research Issues in the Asia-Pacific

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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