Pacific Research Program

The Pacific Research Program (PRP) is a globally pre-eminent centre of excellence for research on the Pacific.

The PRP consortium is led by the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs, in partnership with the Development Policy Centre and the Lowy Institute, and is co-funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the consortium partners’ parent bodies.

The Development Policy Centre leads the PRP’s research into economic development and Pacific labour mobility, is co-host of the annual Pacific Update conference with the University of the South Pacific, and edits the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies journal.

Current areas of our PRP research include:

  • Pacific labour mobility

  • Analysis of the economic impact of and responses to COVID-19.

  • Analysis of household environment, and underlying vulnerabilities, for protection from COVID-19 in Kiribati and Papua New Guinea.

  • Attitudes to Australia’s aid program to the Pacific.

  • Forest cover and forest loss for PNG, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands.

  • Economic impacts of mining in Papua New Guinea.

  • Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) of development policies and programs in the Pacific.


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