The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is a politically independent international interdisciplinary think tank based at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), at Japan's Osaka University, that conducts and facilitates international and interdisciplinary research projects. The main focus is to encourage mutual international and intercultural understanding and cooperation in line with the mission of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) of encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating heightened intercultural awareness, promoting international exchange, and generating and sharing new knowledge.

The IRC helps to nurture and capacity build by encouraging students to take part in international conferences and research projects, in line with the Osaka University’s Global 30 commitments from Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

IAFOR研究センター(IRC)は大阪大学大学院国際公共政策研究科(OSIPP)と学際的な国際学会組織、International Academic Forum (IAFOR)と共同で、2017年4月に設立されたシンクタンクです。そのミッションは、様々なグローバル・イシューについて、学際的なアプローチで、国際社会における文化間の対話を促進し、相互理解を深めることを目的とした研究プロジェクトを推進することです。特に、国際色豊かな大学院OSIPPとの恊働事業であることを踏まえ、様々な分野で活躍できる次世代のグローバル・リーダーを育てることために、大学院生や若手研究者の国際会議・共同研究への参加を後押しします。

Asia's Think Tank


The vision of the centre is to become a globally recognised centre of international and interdisciplinary research excellence, that attracts the best and the brightest scholars from around the world, and helps to fulfil and consolidate the great potential of OSIPP to become Asia’s leading graduate school for international public policy studies.



The IRC is a research centre that is a collaborative project between OSIPP and IAFOR under the rules of the university and is housed at OSIPP. It was founded on April 1, 2017, by ordinance of the executive of OSIPP and is jointly funded by IAFOR and the university, and solicits external initiative and project funding. The university administers its direct funding.


The work of the IAFOR Research Centre is overseen by Professor Toshiya Hoshino in the university, with Professor Satoh as the official liaison. The representative of IAFOR is Dr Joseph Haldane.


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Nurturing interdisciplinary research in the global public interest

Asia's Think Tank

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