About the project
The Public Policy in the 'Asian Century' project explores the implications of the 'Asian Century' for how public policy, leadership and governance are defined, implemented and enforced, in light of shifting boundaries and progressively open diplomatic, cultural and economic relations.
This landmark study adopts a comparative approach to investigate the implications of the rise of Asia for four central policy areas:
- the contemporary public and social policy context
- leadership, expertise and governance
- energy security and sustainability
- the provision of public and social policy throughout people's lives
Our research seeks to open a fresh, two-way dialogue which promotes active cultural exchange and robust interrogation of 'taken-for-granted' concepts, values and approaches. This allows us to offer an innovative perspective on the contemporary role of policy in the Asian Century, its implications for Australia and the region.
The project, led by the School of Government, adopts a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach which brings together experts from across the university to produce leading research and to shape public debate. Through the new curriculum offerings, the project aims to increase the 'Asia capability' of Australia's next generation of leaders and provide opportunities for executive education and professional development.
Related research projects
Defining a new research agenda for public policy in the ‘Asian Century’ This project examines the contemporary state of public policy scholarship in light of the ‘Asian Century’ and asks whether and how our research agenda for public policy needs to broaden, innovate and extend to engage successfully with a rapidly changing policy environment.
- View the working paper "Towards A Research Agenda For Public Policy In The 'Asian Century'" (250kb pdf)
- Defining an 'Asia Capability' for Australia’s Public Service
- The Power of the 'Good' Corporation: Exploring the Role of Corporate Agency in Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries
- Financial Regulation in Asia - A new Model for Regional Cooperation
Enquiries about the 'Asian Century' Program of work may be directed to email Dr Sara Bice, Research Fellow, or phone +61 3 9035 9681.
Conference Papers and Presentations
- Building Asia capability across the workforce: ANZ Expansion Case Study Public Policy Asian Century Presentation - Robert Bell (1.21Mb PDF)
- Accountability and Ethical Values in Financial Practices: A Case Study of Islamic Finance Public Policy Asian Century Presentation - Jikon Lai (1.89Mb PDF)
- New Approaches in United States Performance Management: the 'Why' and 'How' of Mandated Collaboration Public Policy Asian Century Presentation - Steven Putansu (510kb PDF)
- Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: A Global Perspective Public Policy Asian Century Presentation - Lauren Palmer (1.35Mb PDF)
- Social Media and Limitations on the New Electronic Civil Society in Northeast Asia Asian Century Conference Paper - Anderson Lee (355kb PDF)
- Drivers of Urban Development in China: Measuring Development and Comparing Models Asian Century Conference Paper - Lee Anderson Wang (380kb PDF)
- Free Trade Agreements are a result of a regulatory harmonisation between and within states; facts or fiction? Asian Century Conference Paper - Zeller Nikolic (455kb PDF)
- Understanding the changing institutions in the 'Asian century': A comparative analysis of 'hollowing out state' in China, Indonesia and Vietnam Asian Century Conference Paper - Diep Tran (1.22Mb PDF) Asian Century Conference Presentation - Diep Tran (770kb PDF)
- Developing a model for policy formulation - an extension of Kingdon's model of agenda setting Asian Century Conference Paper - Aditi Raina (890kb PDF)
- Towards an optimal trips-compliant industrial policy for the pharmaceutical industry in Bangladesh Asian Century Conference Paper - Mamun Ul Ala (680kb PDF) Asian Century Conference Presentation - Mamun Ul Ala (1.04Mb PDF)
- Public Policy in the 'Asian Century': Advancing opportunities, meeting challenges, preparing for change Asian Century Conference Paper - Claudia Astarita (640kb PDF)
- China-Australia Dialogue on HR in the Public Sector: The Context, Challenges and Reforms Asian Century Conference Paper - Geraldine Kennett (645kb PDF)
- Towards a Research Agenda for Public Policy in the 'Asian Century' Asian Century Conference Paper - Helen Sullivan and Sara Bice (1.21Mb PDF)
- A state perspective on public administration in the 'Asian Century' Asian Century Conference Paper - Justin Hanney (565kb PDF)
- Two Imperatives for Building Cooperative Regional Relationships Asian Century Conference Paper - John Langmore (665kb PDF)
- Governing Markets Asian Century Conference Presentation A Mitchell (675 kb PDF)
- The 'Asian Century': What? Whose? Asian Century Conference Presentation D Bellingham (1.19Mb PDF)
- China in an Age of Radical Modernity: Why the World's Most Populous Nation Won’t Become Liberal Asian Century Conference Paper M Triffitt (640kb PDF)
- Knowledge and Expertise in Public Policy Asian Century Conference Presentation P Jensen (525kb PDF)
Mr Peter Harris AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission
Mr Harris previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport. He has worked for the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. His career with the government includes periods with the Trade; Treasury; Finance; the Prime Minister’s Department and Prime Minister’s Office.
Dr Guanghua Wan, Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank
Dr Wan is the Principal Economist at the Asian Development Bank. Previously, he was Senior Economist at the United Nations and taught in a number of universities in Australia and China. As an honorary professor of over ten top institutions in China, including Fudan and Zhejiang Universities, Dr. Wan is among the top 10% economists globally and top 5% in Asia according to the latest REPEC ranking.
The Hon. John Brumby, Chairman of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council
Mr Brumby served more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria (2007-10), six years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition, and seven years as the Federal Member for Bendigo during the Hawke Government. Mr Brumby was also a Panel Member of the Federal Government’s Review into GST Distribution and led the Review into the feasibility of the establishment of a Commonwealth Anti Dumping Authority. Mr Brumby is also a Member of the Business and Economics Board and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, both at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Chung Min Lee, Ambassador for National Security Affairs, South Korea; Professor of International Relations, Yonsei University, South Korea
Dr Lee concurrently serves as a member of the Korean President’s Foreign Policy Advisory Council and the Presidential Committee on Future & Vision. He is also an advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Unification, the Foreign Policy and Unification Committee of the National Assembly and other government agencies.
Mr Robert Bell, Head of Super Regional Business Development, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
Before taking up his present role in 2012, Mr Bell held a range of senior executive ANZ roles globally, most recently as CEO, ANZ Japan and CEO, Central Pacific Region and Fiji. During his 13 years with ANZ, he was also Chief of Staff for the Office of the CEO. Before joining ANZ, Robert worked with ASX-listed pharmaceuticals company CSL in sales and marketing. Robert also has non-executive experience in various directorships including ANZ Pacific Operations (Chairman), Bank of Kiribati (Chairman), Fiji Association of Banks (President) and Fiji Employers Federation.
Dr David Kelly, Research Director at Beijing-based research and advisory company China Policy
A long-term resident in China, Dr Kelly is a regular commentator on current Chinese affairs in the global media. His more than 30 years' research on China combined with his early IT training, created the ChinaBase research and learning tool. David is concurrently a Visiting Professor at Peking University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Chicago and senior academic in Singapore, China and Australia.
Ambassador Alan Oxley, Managing Director, ITS Global
ITS Global is an Australian consultancy on international trade, economic policy and related issues. It advises major corporations and public sector agencies across the Asia Pacific. Alan formerly served as a diplomat representing Australia in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and as Ambassador to the GATT (now the World Trade Organization), He was the first Australian Chairman of GATT and key in creating the ground-breaking coalition of agricultural exporters, the Cairns Group.
Mr John McCarthy AO, National President, Australian Institute of International Affairs
John has served as Australian Ambassador to Vietnam (1981-1983); Mexico (1985-1987); Thailand (1992-1994); the United States (1995-1997); Indonesia (1997-2000) Japan (2001-2004) and High Commissioner to India (2004-2009). Mr McCarthy is currently Chair of the Australia-India Council, Deputy Chair of the Australia-India Institute, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Griffith Asia Institute and Co-Convenor of the Australia-Indonesia Dialogue. He is also involved in the private sector.
Professor Jenny M Lewis, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of Melbourne
Professor Lewis is researching public sector performance measurement and the use of expertise and skills in policy decision-making. She also leads an EU funded project on public sector innovation in five European cities. She has numerous individual, joint, and large consortium research grants in Australia and elsewhere, and has been internationally recognized with American, European and Australian prizes.
Mr Kee Wong, Chairman and Managing Director, e-Centric Innovations
Mr Wong is the founder of e-Centric Innovations, a management and technology consulting company that provides strategic advice and systems integration services in e-business and IT for large enterprises and government in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and SE Asia. Mr Wong is currently the Chairman of the AIIA Board. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Asialink, Australian Services Roundtable (ASR), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and the Advisory Board of the Australia-Malaysia Institute (AMI).
Ms Jenny McGregor, founding CEO of Asialink at the University of Melbourne
Asialink is Australia's largest non-government centre for the promotion of Australia-Asia relations spanning education, the arts, health, corporate and public programs. MS McGregor is a member of the Dunlop Asia Awards Advisory Board, the Melbourne Confucius Institute Executive and the Board of Australian Volunteers International. She is a former member of the APEC Women's Business Advisory Committee and the Myer Foundation's Beyond Australia Committee. Prior to joining Asialink in 1990, Ms McGregor was a political adviser and senior manager in Australia's Federal and State governments. She then joined the Commission for the Future to research Australia-Asia relations.
Professor Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne
The Vice Chancellor is a Professor of Political Science, with previous appointments at Washington's Brookings Institution and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. A National Fellow with the Institute of Public Administration Australia, he has also served as Queensland's most senior public servant, Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and as the Foundation Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Melbourne School of Government
Professor Sullivan has led public service reform programs at the Cities Research Centre, Bristol and University of Birmingham, UK. Her award winning research focuses on collaborative governance and management, citizen participation in decision-making and bridging the gap between research and policy. She has frequently advised local and national governments in the UK. She is a Board Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Professor Christine Wong, Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
Christine has taught at the University of Oxford, University of Washington and University of California (Santa Cruz and Berkeley). She has held senior positions at the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Her research focuses on China’s public finance and public sector reform. Over the past 15 years she has consulted for the OECD, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IMF, UNDP, UNICEF and DFID. She is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures.
Professor M. Shamsul Haque, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore
In 2013, Shamsul received the "Fred W. Riggs Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Public Administration and Comparative Development Administration" from the American Society for Public Administration. He specialises in public administration and governance, with research covering comparative studies in governance reform, development theory and policy, public service ethics and accountability, environment and sustainable development.
Professor Amitabh Mattoo is Director of the Australia India Institute
Professor Mattoo concurrently serves as Professor of International Relations at The University of Melbourne and Professor of Disarmament Studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Professor Mattoo has been a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level advisory group to the Prime Minister of India and the National Security Council's Advisory Board. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Jammu from 2002-08. He has received the Padma Shri one of India's highest civilian awards, for his contribution to education and public life.
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