Our School

Named in honour of internationally renowned scholar Dr Coral Bell AO, the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs is situated at the creative cusp between discipline and area studies and is home to the world’s foremost collection of expertise in the politics and international affairs of Asia and the Pacific.

The School comprises a number of vibrant, interdisciplinary, intellectual communities: the Department of International Relations, a world leader in the study of international and global politics and the first department of its kind in Australia, the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australia’s leading university based think-tank, and the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, the only centre in the southern hemisphere dedicated to research and education on transnational diplomacy. The School’s Department of Political and Social Change houses the highest concentration of experts specialising in Indonesian politics outside of Indonesia itself, and the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program proudly hosts the largest collection of Pacific expertise in the world.

The School’s academic staff include many influential scholars in their fields, including:

Our PhD, graduate coursework and research programs are highly regarded across the world. Many of our PhD graduates have gone on to academic positions at some of the most prestigious universities. We currently have more than 80 PhD students, over 500 postgraduate coursework students, and almost 1,000 students taking our undergraduate courses.

The School’s commitment to education extends beyond the confines of the classroom, as part of the founding mandate of ANU to advance the country’s understanding of the region and its place in it. School staff are key contributors to national policy-making, appearing frequently in the media, advising government, and hosting the highly-influential country update conference series, which itself has resulted in the publication of over 15 books. Last year, almost 7,000 people attended seminars, workshops and public lectures held by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

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Updated:  22 March 2016/Responsible Officer:  Su-Ann Tan/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team