Crawford School of Public Policy

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Old Canberra House and the new JG Crawford Building.

The Crawford School of Public Policy[1] is a research intensive policy school within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University[2] which focuses on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The school was named after Sir John Crawford[3], and its current director is Professor Tom Kompas.

The Crawford School has disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in public policy, economics, political science, national security, aid, development, and environmental management, and area expertise in Pacific Island countries and Asia (particularly China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Korea).

The JG Crawford Building[edit]

The southern wing of the JG Crawford Building.

In December 2009, the School moved to a new mini-campus overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. The new Crawford School building is located on Acton Peninsula adjacent to Old Canberra House and the WEH Stanner building.

The new building, designed by Tanner Architects links the two existing buildings to provide consolidated accommodation for staff and students of the School, surrounding a courtyard forming a mini-campus. A new extension to the Crawford School, the GJ Yeend Wing, was opened by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 23 January 2013.[1]

Degree programs at Crawford[edit]

In addition to doctoral studies [4], students can undertake master, diploma or certificate studies at the Crawford School [5].

Doctoral Studies[edit]

At ANU, Graduate Studies Research Fields bring together doctoral students and staff with common research interests who may be located in different academic areas. Within the Crawford School students can choose to enrol in one of the following four graduate research fields [6]:

  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies and Resource Management
  • Political Science and International Relations or Public Policy

Research Centres at Crawford[edit]

Within Crawford School, academics have clustered their research into 11 centres [7] to leverage research synergies[clarification needed] and create opportunities to maximise its impact on targeted audiences. These organised research units are funded independently through grants, consultancies or other contracts.

Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (AIGRP)[edit]

The Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (AIGRP) is a facility for sponsoring and promoting collaborative research between Australian and Indonesian scholars.

AIGRP aims to link researchers from both countries in a coordinated effort to generate firmer intellectual foundations for tackling some of Indonesia's most basic developmental challenges and to disseminate the results to inform policy action as well as wider scholarly and public discussion in Indonesia and Australia. In so doing, AIGRP also seeks to strengthen the capabilities of Indonesian and Australian universities and research institutions, to help build a new generation of scholars in both Australia and Indonesia on these issues and to contribute to the enrichment of the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia.[citation needed]

AIGRP is an Australian Government Initiative, managed by the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC)[edit]

The Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC) conducts research to explore and improve understanding of the economies and economic policy processes in Australia and Japan and both countries’ strategic interests in the Asia Pacific economy. Its policy-oriented areas of interest cover developments in regional economic cooperation and integration and encompass research on trade, finance, macroeconomics and structural and regulatory reform, as well as international economic relations.

Professor Jenny Corbett was appointed AJRC Executive Director in August 2004.

Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics (AC BEE)[edit]

AC BEE's mission is to lead Australia and the region in biosecurity and environmental economics research, with an emphasis on policy applications. Their specialty is economic approaches to protecting the environment and plant, animal and human health from invasive species. They also provide broad expertise in applied research on environmental economics and natural resource management as a whole. AC BEE maintains a central focus on engaging with and assisting the public policy process.[citation needed]

AC BEE is an organized research unit of the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, and its Foundation Director is Professor Tom Kompas.

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)[edit]

The Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) is located in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University and was established in 2003 to bring together economists working on applied macroeconomic and financial market issues throughout Australia and across the globe. Its objectives are to advance research and post-graduate training in applied macroeconomic and financial issues.

CAMA was founded by Professor Warwick McKibbin. The current CAMA director is Professor Renée Fry-McKibbin [8] and the deputy director is Professor Ippei Fujiwara [9]. Former directors include Professor Shaun Vahey, and deputy directors include Professor Mardi Dungey, Professor Heather Anderson and Professor Renee Fry.

Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI)[edit]

CDI was established by the Australian government to support the efforts of new democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. Their core budget is provided by AusAID, Australia’s Agency for International Development, and they are based in the Crawford School of Public Policy in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University in Canberra and draw from the considerable intellectual capital of Australia's leading graduate tertiary institution.[citation needed]

CDI’s mandate is to strengthen two key institutions of representative democracy—parliamentary governance and political parties – in the emerging democracies of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. A fundamental focus is the link between parliamentary and party structures and the broader development process.

CDI aims to improve governance and political practice in partner countries via intensive, targeted programs on parliamentary leadership, the operation of political parties, the reform of democratic institutions, the representation of women, and other issues relating directly to improving the effectiveness and quality of national parliaments, parties, and politicians themselves. Dr Ben Reilly was appointed Director of CDI in 2006.

Centre for Climate Economics and Policy (CCEP)[edit]

CCEP aims to provide insights on the economics of climate change and its implications for public policy. This includes the analysis of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the anthropogenic factors driving climate change, as well as adaptation to climate change impacts. The focus is on Australia and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. CCEP is a network of researchers who are experts in many different aspects of climate change economics and policy analysis who share an active interest in informing public policy. Dr Frank Jotzo is director of the centre.

Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP)[edit]

The goal of CWEEP is to provide the world’s best technical and public policy insights into: managing water under climate variability and climate change, urban water supply and demand management, water markets, water pricing, trans-boundary water governance, and water management practices that promote environmental sustainability. Professor Quentin Grafton is the Director of CWEEP. Professor Grafton is also a member of a prominent environmental lobby group, the Wentworth Group of Scientists,and has recently used his position to advocate in favour of diversion of water within the Murray and Darling Rivers to environmental flows at the expense of irrigators. <see for example his submission to the mdba at under submissions and his listing as a member of the Wentworth Group on their website.>

China Economy and Business Program[edit]

The China Economy and Business Program is home to the strongest concentration of research outside China on the Chinese economy. The program a is joint undertaking of the Crawford School and the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies with the program administered by the Crawford School. CEBP coordinates and projects into relevant external communities the research of ANU-based scholars on the Chinese economy and business.

The CEBP incorporates skills in economic and policy analysis to identify the most important trends in China’s economic development and assess their implications. The program draws on expertise from across the ANU and links to an extensive network of the region’s most influential specialists on China. Associate Professor Ligang Song is the Director of the CEBP.

The Development Policy Centre[edit]

The Development Policy Centre is an aid and development policy think tank. The Centre emerged at a time of unprecedented growth in the Australian aid program.[1] It researches and promotes discussion of aid effectiveness, the Pacific Islands (including Papua New Guinea), and development policy. The Centre hosts events, runs both a blog that is updated frequently,[2] and a website that contains regularly updated information on the Centre, discussion papers, policy briefs and reports.[3]

The Development Policy Centre is directed by Professor Stephen Howes.

East Asian Bureau of Economic Research[edit]

The Crawford School houses both the secretariats for the East Asia Forum and the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER). The EAF brings together Australia’s expertise on East Asia, publishing 2 articles daily at and releasing a quarterly magazine, the East Asia Forum Quarterly (EAFQ). EABER works on building research capacity, and brings together the top economic research institutes and researchers in the region. Together, they promote dialogue and research on the most important economic, political and other issues in the region. In addition EABER organises several high-level conferences, including the Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) conference series.

EABER and EAF were officially launched in Australia by the then Treasurer, Peter Costello, in the Menzies library at the ANU in Canberra on 17 October 2006. EABER was launched internationally by Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Boediono, in Bogor in 2005.

EABER is directed by Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale.

Environmental Economics Research Hub (EERH)[edit]

The goal of the Environmental Economics Research Hub is to address Australia’s major environmental management challenges with integrated economic research that provides immediate and continuing policy impacts. It brings together leading environmental economists, scientists, educators and policy makers to face the challenges of sustainable water use, soil loss and salinity, biodiversity loss and adaptation to climate change. The Hub’s integrated research, modelling and capacity-building encompasses the establishment of markets to achieve environmental goals, environmental valuation and the assessment and development of government intervention in environmental management. It will provide end users with the tools, understanding and framework to promote environmental sustainability in Australia.

The Environmental Economics Research Hub is based at the Crawford School of Public Policy under the Direction of Professor Jeff Bennett. Funding for the Hub is provided by the Department of Environment and Water Resources under the Commonwealth Environment Research Facility.

Pacific Policy Project[edit]

The Crawford School is recognised nationally and internationally for its leadership on policy, research and outreach activities on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands.[citation needed] Dr Peter Larmour leads the Pacific Policy Project within the Crawford School. Researchers work on issues of economics governance in the South Pacific region.

The Pacific Economic Bulletin[10] journal, outreach program and annual academic conference are funded by Australia Government’s development agency AusAID.

Parliamentary Studies Centre[edit]

The Parliamentary Studies Centre mediates academic research on parliamentary studies (with a particular interest in the comparative studies of strengthening of parliamentary institutions) and welcomes expressions of interest from researchers seeking assistance with such research and those seeking to participate. The PSC is Directed by Dr John Uhr.

Vietnamese Economic and Policy Project[edit]

The Vietnamese Policy Project is convened by Dr Suiwah Leung. The current phase of the Crawford School’s work on the Vietnamese economy takes the form of a collective Doctoral Research Project on “The effects of macroeconomic policy, trade policy and financial reform on investment and economic growth in Vietnam”. This will involve 12 or more PhD scholars working on a number of research strands. These include:

  • Private savings and investments
  • Central bank transparency, exchange rate flexibility, and investor confidence
  • Trade and market-integrating reforms and investment
  • Labour market and implications for economic growth
  • Modelling and Vietnamese economy and its growth performance

It is envisaged that the PhD scholars will be working with a number of academics across the University, including those in the ANU Colleges of Asia and the Pacific, Business and Economics, and Arts and Social Sciences.

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies[edit]

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies is the journal of Crawford School.[4] It is a peer-reviewed journal that targets research in policy studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.[5]

The journal has funding support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is published online three times a year by Wiley. It is open-access, meaning all papers are freely available to read online and download.[6]

Asia and the Pacific Policy Society[edit]

The Asia and the Pacific Policy Society is a community of scholars, policymakers, researchers, students and the policy-engaged public.[7] It is an international association linking people engaged in public policy working across academic disciplines in the region. The Society is based in Crawford School of Public Policy, The Society was launched in July 2012 by then shadow communications minister, Malcolm Turnball.[8]

The Society supports the journal, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and works to position academic research in the discussion of public policy in the region. Membership is free and a conference is held each year by the Society.

The Society’s website APPS Policy Forum is a public policy website specialising in Asia and the Pacific.[9] publishes essays, opinions and analysis on public policy challenge throughout the region, and the world. Published authors include distinguished academics, former prime ministers, people employed by NGOs and postgraduate students.


Advance is Crawford School’s magazine. Produced four times a year, the magazine features contributions from Crawford School staff and students, ANU Public Policy Fellows and public policy-engaged researchers.[10] It is published with the support of Asia and the Pacific Policy Society.[11]


  1. ^ Prime Minister opens GJ Yeend Wing, ANU News
  2. ^ "Devpolicy Blog". Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Devpolicy Publications". Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wiley Asia Blog". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Wiley Online Library". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Asia and the Pacific Policy Society". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Crawford School News". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Policy Forum". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Advance Magazine". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Advance - Summer 2014 Issue". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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