Professor Caitlin Byrne has been appointed the new Director of Griffith Asia Institute.
An expert in policy and administration, political science and cultural studies, Professor Byrne joins Griffith University from Bond University where she was Assistant Professor of International Relations.
Her relationship with GAI has developed over the past decade, having worked with the Institute on various dialogues, engagements and research projects.
“What has struck me about GAI has been the breadth and depth of Asia-Pacific expertise that resides there, the strong connections and relationships that it holds across the region, and the fact that it represents Griffith University’s longstanding commitment to the Asia Pacific.
“For me, the opportunity to contribute to Australia’s ongoing engagement in the region – connecting with people and institutions through research, dialogue, sharing experiences and building collaborations – was the most appealing aspect of the new role.”
Professor Byrne is relishing the opportunity to meet and learn from GAI’s wider community and hopes to help extend that network in the future.
“I look forward to building on the strong foundations already established by previous Directors and, in this regard, wish to particularly acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by Professor Ian Hall during his 18 months in the role.”
GAI is renowned for its innovative, interdisciplinary research on key developments in the politics, economics, societies and cultures of Asia and the South Pacific.
Looking towards the end of the year and into 2018, the Institute will be closely watching developments on the Korean peninsula and analysing the forthcoming foreign policy white paper, as well as continuing the renowned Perspectives: Asia lecture series and welcoming a range of delegates from the Asia-Pacific region.
“GAI has already established a strong reputation for excellent research across a wide range of critical issues,” said Professor Byrne.
“I hope we can build on this reputation, developing new relationships, connections and collaborations, and amplifying our impact on policy debate and direction.”