Programmes and research projects

The Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies is involved in numerous research projects.

Green abstract design

Current programmes

Non-residential postgraduate fellowship  

Non-residential postgraduate fellowships is open to applicants from across the social sciences and humanities working in the broad fields of 'Education in Emergencies' and 'Conflict and Climate Change induced Forced Displacement' in the Asia Pacific region. The fellowship is intended to support scholars who have completed MA/PhD studies, while they adapt and convert their research into action oriented policy papers. You can find more information about the NRF here.

Applications have closed for 2021.

Opening Universities For Refugees   

Opening Universities for Refugees (OUR) was founded by Gül İnanç as an educational initiative in 2016 in Singapore to build knowledge networks and consortia to offer higher education to communities in need. OUR facilitates the creation of new  knowledge networks by bringing together interested organisations from diverse global networks. Using an unConference/Open Space Technologies approach it builds new higher education consortia to meet provide higher education opportunities to those who have none.

Since 2016 OUR initiated the formation of several new educational programmes and scholarships in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand. It acted as an UK registered ICO between the years 2017-2020. OUR will continue its activities under CAPRS.

The Connecting and Equipping Refugees to Tertiary Education (CERTE) certifacte program was created in 2016 after OUR's 3C Forum, it is a short soft-skill model conducted by volunteer academics in order to connect current refugees with exisiting university programmes in Malaysia.

The 7th CERTRE programme was completed in June 2021 and 14 students have received their certificates from OUR, UNHCR and Fugee School.

As part of the UNHCR Pledge, we lead the Task Force for Change and have worked closely with UNHCR, Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC) and Times Higher Education Ranking Agengy (THE) to include new terminology (asylum seeker, stateless, refugee) for the THE Social Impact Rankings.

As part of the Pledge we hosted the following events:

  1. THE Asia Summit 17 November 2020. CAPRS hosted and chaired the opening panel
  2. THE Impact and Innovation Summit 20 April 2021. CAPRS hosted and chaired the panel on Education in Conflict and Crisis
  3. THE Asia Summit 1 June 2021.

Current research

Dislocation in an age of connection: Mapping refugee settlement trajectories

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship - Dislocation in an age of connection: Mapping refugee
settlement trajectories within an increasingly mobile world. This five-year research project will examine the various forms of connection that refugees sustain that help generate positive settlement outcomes and ongoing practices of transnational family through a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.  It is composed of four distinct but linked
projects that incorporate ethnography, participatory action research, analysing large data sets and social network analysis. (Jay Marlowe)

Resettled but not Reunited: Refugees, Belonging and Digital Media

Marsden Fast Start, Royal Society of New Zealand, Resettled but not Reunited: Refugees, Belonging and Digital Media. This three-year study examines how refugees practise transnational family and friendship through social media. It examines how this relates to settlement outcomes as people are able to connect the ‘here’ of New Zealand to the transnational ‘there’. Methods include a longitudinal digital ethnography and a
national survey in New Zealand. (Jay Marlowe)

Building a Responsive Research Infrastructure for Climate and Conflict Induced Displacement in the Asia Pacific

Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Development Fund, Building a Responsive Research Infrastructure for Climate and Conflict Induced Displacement in the Asia Pacific. This project seeks to seed projects in the Pacific and integrate untapped large data sets (in NZ) to inform best practice and policy solutions related to forced migration.  Included in this project are masters scholarships for Pacific students to conduct research on climate change displacement. (Jay Marlowe)

Developing a Guiding Framework for Engaging Pacific Populations in Disaster Risk

Public Policy Institute Research Impact Grant: Developing a Guiding Framework for Engaging Pacific Populations in Disaster Risk. This project focuses on disaster communications with various refugee background communities through capacity building with refugee background research assistants. (Jay Marlowe)  

International Climate Migration and Climatic Poverty  

Funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the German Ministry of Education and German Ministry of Education and Research, this interdisciplinary research project International Climate Migration and Climatic Poverty Traps in the Asia-Pacific Region (INTERCEPT) brings together expertise from economics, development studies and information science in Germany and New Zealand to examine the role of climatic changes in triggering the decision of individuals, families and communities to migrate within and across countries.

The research team will employ a comparative behavioural approach using qualitative interviews, network analysis, standardised experiments and surveys with people severely affected by climate change in Samoa, Solomon Islands and the Philippines as well as those having successfully migrated to New Zealand. The findings will inform policy-makers in different geographical contexts and at various administrative levels on how to develop anticipatory governance regimes for managing migration flows resulting from rapidly accelerating climate change. (Andreas Neef)

Climate-Induced Migration: Global Scope, Regional Impacts and National Policy Frameworks

Funded by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a consortium of WUN academics and non-WUN partners will provide holistic interdisciplinary expertise on the topic of climate-induced migration which is rapidly emerging as a major global challenge. The research consortium on Climate-Induced Migration: Global Scope, Regional Impacts and National Policy Frameworks will contribute to a better understanding of when, where, how and at what scale climate-induced migration takes place in different world regions. It will do so through a structured analysis of existing studies on this phenomenon, a systematic stock-taking of available research expertise across WUN members, and a global analysis of policy and legal frameworks pertaining to climate-induced migration.

The findings are expected to help inform policy measures in the field of international and internal migration and improve legal frameworks at the national and international level for the protection of so-called climate migrants. (Andreas Neef )

Future research

Prioritising Community Needs and Mapping Community Assets

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) on Prioritising Community Needs and Mapping Community Assets will be implemented by CAPRS as part of Strengthening Community Voices Across the Response Project. Delivered in partnership with the Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), BRAC University in Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh, the project is slated for implementation in late 2020 / early 2021. Potential focus areas for the CBPR will be suggested by the participants at the end of the Capacity Building for Research Phase; or Health Management and Medical Infrastructures (related with Covid 19 Pandemic) or Formal / Informal Blended Models for Continuous Learning. (Gül İnanç and Evan Jones.)