Research Direction

The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) supports individual and collaborative research on a wide range of Asia Pacific policy issues and current affairs, including:

  • Governance and politics (regional and global)
  • Culture, religion, and society
  • Societies in transition
  • Urbanization
  • Energy and resource management
  • Environmental issues
  • Regional security
  • Trade and human rights performance
  • Impacts of globalization
  • Canada-Asia relations


Over the years, the IAR has been fortunate to receive research support from private donors and a number of organizations, including:

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • United Nations


In addition to an extensive body of research papers and monographs, the IAR is home two Asia-focused publications: a scholarly journal called Pacific Affairs and an e‑publication called Asia Pacific Memo.

Learn more about IAR publications