The Asia Institute brings together researchers across a range of disciplines, creating a depth and breadth of expertise on Asia and the Islamic world.
Research centres, hubs and units
Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS)
CCCS plays a vital role in shaping an Australian approach to the study of contemporary China.
National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies (NCCIS)
NCCIS provides outstanding higher education level programs in Islamic studies.
Korean Studies Research Hub
The KSRH is an inter-disciplinary virtual hub for collaborative research on Korean Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Explore our research clusters and projects
Asian Civil Society
This research cluster employs an interdisciplinary approach to analyse the dynamically expanding role of civil society in contemporary Asia.
Asian Governance Transformations
How is governance in Asia changing? What is driving change and how is it being contested? What are the implications for human rights, democracy, social welfare, and foreign relations?
Gender, Environment and Migration
Researchers in this cluster investigate migration in Asia and Australia from gender, environmental, and policy perspectives.
Language Dynamics in the Asia Pacific
This research cluster explores the diverse languages of the Asia-Pacific region – their structures, use in context, roles within society, and how they are taught and acquired.
Islam and Politics in Contemporary Asia and the Middle East
This research cluster investigates how Islam plays a significant role in affecting political and social change today.
Asia Institute’s research projects involve aspects of four target areas (Arabic and Islamic Studies, China, Indonesia, Japan) and also Australia’s relationship to Asia.