PAIR: Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research

  • Sebastian, Eugene (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    Australia and Indonesia’s future prosperity will be built on deep and enduring
    trade, diplomatic, cultural, defence and security linkages. Advancing institutional
    and people-to-people links through science, technology, education and
    innovation offers an opportunity for both nations to engage in a different
    type of partnership. One that seeks to solve complex challenges, promote a
    contemporary and mutual understanding of each other and reflects the maturing, long-term relationship between close neighbours.
    The Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR) managed by The
    Australia-Indonesia Centre (The Centre), is an initiative supported by the
    Australian Government that facilitates and deepens the research linkages
    between both countries. PAIR builds on The Centre’s earlier work, which tackled
    issues important to the growth of Indonesia.
    The PAIR design is based on past learnings and extensive stakeholder
    consultations. Consultations began in June 2017 with a joint AIC-Department
    of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Research Forum for Whole-of-Government
    partners in Canberra. Subsequent consultations involved: the eleven university
    partners, Indonesian and Australian Government Ministries / Departments, The
    Centre’s Operations Committee and Advisory Board members, DFAT-funded
    initiatives, Centre researchers and industry bodies. In late June 2018, DFAT
    hosted a two-day PAIR briefing and workshop at the Embassy (Jakarta), to
    consult and familiarise DFAT and DFAT-funded program partners with PAIR.
    The Australian and Indonesian governments recognise the importance of
    knowledge production and research capability building to support development
    planning and policy priorities. PAIR responds by leveraging The Centre’s research network of Australian and Indonesian research-intensive universities to develop a proof of concept that demonstrates a research pathway to impact model that can be scaled or replicated across any problem or location in Indonesia (see Annex A: Theory of Change).
    The Program seeks to achieve this through two End-of-Program-Outcomes
    - Better quality of evidence-based research relevant to and addressing key
    policy challenges in South Sulawesi; and
    - A network of researchers competent in conducting demand-driven and
    interdisciplinary team-based research.
    PAIR will commence on 1 January 2019 and be delivered in three phases as
    - Inception (January – June, 2019)
    - Implementation (July 2019 – June 2022)
    - Review (July 2022 – December 2022)
    PAIR will achieve its outcomes through a focused research agenda that is
    connected and aligned to other Australian and Indonesian government initiatives.
    PAIR will focus on the Province of South Sulawesi.
    PAIR’s research theme is Future Islands: Connectivity, People and Place.
    Through this thematic lens PAIR seeks to better understand, and inform
    responses to, Indonesia’s changing context, development challenges and
    PAIR explores connectivity, people and place not as standalone issues, but as
    an integrated challenge. Three principles underpin PAIR: place-based, demand-driven and interdisciplinary research.
    To facilitate genuine collaboration, PAIR will employ a research process that
    is user-centric, applied and anchored to the local context. The process has
    five stages: define issues; issues setting; explore; solutions co-creation; and
    development of a PAIR knowledge network. The research process creates
    stronger and deeper networks; seeks stakeholder ‘buy-in’ at all levels; and, if
    done well, fosters an open, collaborative, multi-sectoral (government-industry-research- communities) and networked approach to research.
    PAIR seeks to contribute to developing the research capability of Indonesian
    researchers, to provide a sustainable means by which the nation can generate
    innovative solutions to its own development challenges. Strengthened bilateral
    research networks and partnerships, a major outcome of the program, will be
    a key resource which Indonesia can leverage to respond to current and future
    development challenges.
    Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/22


    • University of Melbourne: A$1,500,000.00
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Australia): A$2,400,000.00
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Australia): A$500,000.00
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Australia): A$500,000.00
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Australia): A$2,480,000.00
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Australia): A$2,120,000.00