The Centre for Global Research is dedicated to research excellence in the area of globalisation and social change with a thematic focus on conflict, development and governance.
The Centre’s objective is to understand and critically evaluate current directions of global change, with an emphasis on the implications of political, social and cultural transformation for communities and organisations from the local to the global. Centre research is undertaken with an emphasis on qualitative methods, taking an interdisciplinary to transdisciplinary approach. The focus of the Centre’s site-based research is in the Asia Pacific, and extends to Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Based at RMIT University in Melbourne, the Centre has a close association with teaching disciplines in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, including Global Studies, Languages, and Justice and Legal Studies programs.
At a time of acute sensitivity to questions of social dislocation, economic inequity and political upheaval, the Centre for Global Research is committed to rethinking the relationship between the global and the local. Its primary intellectual task is to understand the processes of change and continuity, and to think through political-cultural questions about how people can live in ways that are sustainable and meaningful to them. In particular, it is concerned to facilitate and enhance activities of political and cultural dialogue across the continuing and positive boundaries of cultural diversity in the world today.
What we do
Founded in 2002 as the Globalism Institute, the Centre for Global Research:
- Undertakes engaged research into globalisation, and into conflict, development and governance in a global context. It seeks to understand and critically evaluate current directions of global change, with an emphasis on the social implications of political, economic and cultural transformation.
- Builds links with other universities, industry partners and communities.
- Plays an educative role in the community, both local and global, about the difficulties and the possibilities of globalisation and social change.
- Provides research consultancy to all levels of government, industry and community.
- Sponsors conferences, forums and seminars to debate and formulate critical analysis and policy for both government bodies and world and regional organisations and agencies.
- Offers a rich research milieu for postgraduate study in the fields of globalisation, international politics, nationalism, identity politics, development, conflict and governance, from the local to the global.
The Centre’s supportive and vibrant research environment provides a strong platform for competitive grant applications and consultancies, a critical mass for interdisciplinary collaboration and problem solving, and opportunities for better promoting research findings to industry, government and non-government audiences.
The Centre has a strong focus on student engagement. Centre members supervise a wide range of research and coursework students and wherever possible, research students are encouraged to participate in the Centre’s activities. Find out more about opportunities for prospective research candidates.