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