Leadership in Asia-Pacific research and engagement
The Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) is an internationally recognised research centre that aims to lead academic and public debate about Australia’s region.
Building on Griffith University’s long tradition of Asian studies, the Institute produces interdisciplinary research on key economic, political and cultural developments in contemporary Asia and the South Pacific.
In addition to our remarkable research, we facilitate wide-reaching engagement through a number of high-profile dialogues, public lectures, seminars and publications. By promoting knowledge of this changing region and its importance to our future, we aim to inform and foster academic scholarship, public awareness and considered and responsive policy making.
The Institute’s research is broad and expands across fields of political science, economics, international business and Asian studies. The following areas are where members have expertise, a track record of publications and success with attracting external research income:
- Asia's security
- Culture, language and society
- How China sees the World
- International business and investment
- Political economy and development
- Politics and governance
Associate Professor Sara Davies
Associate Professor Davies currently holds two ARC grants. The ARC Future Fellow Project, Security and Health Diplomacy: A Necessary Partnership?, explores the factors which determine whether the portrayal of international health issues as security threats succeed or fail in inspiring cooperative policy and investment, focusing on five distinct global health programmes (GOARN, GAVI Alliance, Global Fund, Framework for Tobacco Control and Safe Motherhood Initiative).
Associate Professor Robin Elaine Roberts
Robin is a passionate member of the Griffith Asia Institute and the project leader for the Griffith Agribusiness research stream. Her research has led to improved outcomes for export and trade development, product innovation, and consumer decision-making.
Dr Lee Morgenbesser
GAI research fellow Dr Morgenbesser examines authoritarian regimes, democratisation, dictators, flawed elections, hybrid regimes and South East Asian politics.
His latest book, which is entitled Behind the Facade: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (SUNY Press, 2016), investigates why dictators, ruling parties and military juntas bother to hold elections. At present, he is writing a new book on the rise of sophisticated authoritarianism in Southeast Asia.
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