Research centres and networks

Asia Institute is associated with the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies and the Population, Migration and Multicultural Studies Network.

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) is a major initiative of The University of Melbourne's highly-profiled Asia Institute. Launched in April 2013, it plays a vital role in promoting an Australian approach in the study of contemporary China, and serves to be a significant source of research-based information on China, Chinese societies and Chinese economies in the 21st century. The Centre aims to enhance Australia's bilateral partnerships with top Chinese universities, including China's prestigious nine research universities, and it supports and expands the over 80 connections between University of Melbourne academics and institutes within the Chinese-speaking region.

National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies

The National Centre of Excellence aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of the rich traditions and modern complexities of Islam, and to profile Australia's strengths in the field of Islamic studies. The Centre also assists in developing national and regional responses to needs in research, teaching and community engagement.

The Centre was established in 2007 with funding from the Australian Government.

Population, Migration and Multicultural Studies Network

The Population, Migration and Multicultural Studies Network was established in 2012 and functions primarily as an interdisciplinary forum for academics based at The University of Melbourne, particularly for those whose research falls within the area of Asian migration, economic migration, humanitarian migration, social cohesion and multiculturalism in an ethnically and religiously diverse society. The Studies Network continues to explore how sustainable outcomes can arise from ongoing migration to Australia, how regional collaboration can be strengthened, and how continued settlement efforts can be improved. It provides a space for outcome-focused research collaboration between various stakeholders interested in population, migration and multicultural studies. These stakeholders include community groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), politicians, public servants as well as external partners and external researchers.

This Network carries the legacy of previous migration research completed by University of Melbourne-based academics and students. To honour this legacy, the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Reform Group's publication Immigration Reform: Control or Colour Bar?, which has in important ways led to the abolition of the White Australia Policy, will be celebrated at the 2013 June conference.

Indonesia Forum

The Indonesia Forum was formed in 1991 as the Indonesia Interest Group. It is an informal and open network of academics and administrative staff of the University who share a common interest and professional involvement in Indonesia. Members keep in touch by email and hold regular meetings, seminars and discussions. For the past 25 years the Indonesia Forum has hosted major functions which have brought together the wider Melbourne Indonesian and campus-based Indonesia-interested communities.

The Indonesia Forum also plays a policy advisory role on Indonesia-related issues within the University and works closely with the Asia Institute and Asialink, whose missions are related but more broadly oriented towards Asia as a whole. Since 1999, the Indonesia Forum has convened six monthly postgraduate roundtable for students studying in Indonesia-related fields.

In 2016, Amanda Achmadi is the Indonesia Forum Convenor and Ken Setiawan is the Indonesia Forum Deputy Convenor.

Asia Environments

Asia Environments, founded in 2015, is a Research Hub based at the Asia Institute at The University of Melbourne. It is multi-disciplinary in nature and approaches "Asia Environments" from a variety of perspectives: anthropology, culture, ethnography, human geography, linguistics, literature, media ecology, performance arts, transnational activism for environmental justice, visual and screen culture. Asia Environments draws together scholars with research interests in many regions of Asia, with a focus on China, Indonesia, Japan, South-east Asia, and indigenous minorities in these regions. Members of the University of Melbourne from outside the Asia Institute are welcome to join.