Advancing APEC-relevant skills and knowledge

At the APEC Study Centre, our research focuses on:

  • producing socially relevant knowledge that contributes to regional cooperation and development
  • offering short-term academic-based training programs to policy makers and business leaders
  • hosting high-level public forums and lectures on the latest APEC-related developments and trends.


Underpinning the work of our Centre is a strong focus on the following areas.

International trade

This area explores research into the nature, scale and effects of the integration of regional goods, services and asset markets, competitiveness and barriers to cross-border exchange.

Sustainable growth

Sustainable growth looks at the sources of economic growth, the role of international factors in development, structural reform issues, productivity, poverty alleviation, income inequality, sustainability principles and environmental risk management.

Inclusive development

This research area focuses on business resilience and the role of social capital for SMEs, empowerment and security for vulnerable groups such as women and the aging and infrastructure for financial inclusion.


Browse the the Griffith in Asia Research Hub for publications and research outcomes by our members.

Asia Insights

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September05, 2019

Policy options for addressing the China-US trade imbalance

The explosive trade war between China and the US persists due to the constant imposition of tariffs by either side. The solution lies in the appreciation of the Yuan against the US dollar and liberalising restrictions on US foreign direct investment (FDI) in China. President Trump’s decision to levy...

November 25, 2018

Trampling the grass: China-US leadership competition

As the APEC Summit showed, China-US competition will progressively revise the international system. Middle powers and smaller states alike will be continually called upon to make choices one way or the other. For the Trump Administration, the zeitgeist is competition and the big competitor is China....

May 21, 2018

Griffith represents Australia at the APEC Study Centre Consortium Conference in Papua New Guinea

According to its mission statement, APEC is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum, whose primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.  APEC’s membership includes advanced, emerging and developing economies, with major differences in levels of economic ...

March 12, 2018

Why Trump’s tariffs will have little impact on Australia and a trade war is unlikely

US President Donald Trump has levied a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminiumimported from all countries except Canada and Mexico. Trump had hinted that the trade protections would exclude Australia, but it wasn’t explicitly exempted. Regardless, import tariffs on steel and aluminium will...

November 15, 2017

APEC leaders’ meeting exposes policy fault line

With differing views on trade, multilateralism and the future of APEC itself, the latest APEC leaders’ meeting presented much more to think about than the colour of the delegates’ traditional costumes. Vietnam welcomed some of the world’s leaders last week as it hosted the 2017 APEC Leaders’ Meeting...

July 10, 2017

Liberalising foreign investment to bolster economic growth in APEC

The Asian Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, recently organised a session on economic growth in Asia at the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy, 28 – 30 June, Singapore.  This conference, held in Asia for the first time,...

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