The Pacific is an area of research strength in both La Trobe Colleges. The aims of PaRC align with the aims of LTU’s Research Plan 2013-17, particularly in terms of research quality and impact, partnerships and cross-disciplinary collaborations, research income, HDR recruitment and research leadership. At present PaRC:
- Has thirty three staff and HDR students are conducting Pacific based research in more than a dozen discipline areas across both Colleges
- builds strong partnerships with organisations in the Pacific, including the University of the South Pacific. These enhance the La Trobe – Pacific engagement story, and lead to joint research funding opportunities
- represents La Trobe in the Melbourne Pacific Studies Network and the Australian Association for Pacific Studies, hosting events including the 2020 AAPS conference,
- has four affiliated La Trobe Honorary Research Fellows from the University of the South Pacific, with aims to generate more Pacific based Honorary Research Fellows in 2017.
PaRC runs a number of events, including but not limited to:
- PaRC and PSAs joint launch on 16 March 2017, highlighting and celebrating La Trobe’s historical engagement in the Pacific, and its current depth of Pacific research
- a four-part public seminar series in 2017 (funded by the Institute for Human Security and Social Change) bringing Pacific speakers to engage in panel discussions with La Trobe scholars and students. The series will re-energises debate about Pacific-Australia engagement and reflects La Trobe University’s ethos of bold, critical thinking. Speakers from the Pacific will cover issues including art and activism; climate change; youth and culture; and health and social change
- performing consultancies by constantly expanding the already considerable Pacific consultancies undertaken by members, and provide an avenue for highlighting this work at La Trobe
- student Experience and Community Outreach
- the PaRC affiliated Pacific Students Association creates a strong sense of belonging for Pacific students at La Trobe
- outreach programs with the Pacific diaspora community in Victoria, based on existing networks and research, and aim to create pathways to study at La Trobe for diaspora youth.
PaRC is managed jointly by the Department of Social Inquiry and the Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC). Its management committee includes ASSC, SHE, Social Inquiry, IHSSC, Student Services, and a student rep.