The Pacific Research Program (PRP) is a consortium led by the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs and including the Development Policy Centre and the Lowy Institute. Co-funded by DFAT and the consortium partners’ parent bodies, it is a four-year program designed to be a globally pre-eminent centre of excellence for research on the Pacific. The Program funds research that is available, accessible and communicated to the policy development and program design community in Australia, the Pacific and from around the world. The geographic scope of the program will be the Pacific region as a whole, with Melanesia as an area of particular interest.
The Development Policy Centre leads on the PRP’s research into economic development, including labour mobility. The PRP provides funding for the annual Pacific Update conference, as well as contributing to the many other Pacific-related events hosted by the Centre throughout the year.