The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is a thinktank attached to the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University devoted to international public policy research and education, in collaborative partnership with the International Academic Forum (IAFOR), an interdisciplinary academic conference organiser. It is a hybrid organisation that encourages interdisciplinary research and dialogue on issues of international and regional relevance. Education and capacity building for future leaders and public policy experts are priority at OSIPP, and facilitating cross-border research collaboration and interdisciplinary intellectual discussions are priorities for IAFOR, and the IRC is a place for cross-fertilisation of the two institutions’ objectives. As such, the IRC encourages graduate and postgraduate students to take initiative in designing and running research projects, participate in international conferences, and produce incisive commentaries and analyses on international affairs.

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。

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IRC’s vision 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 was founded on April 1, 2017, by ordinance of the executive of OSIPP, in collaboration with IAFOR. The Co-Director of the IRC and Osaka University representative is chosen from the OSIPP steering committee for the research centre, and the Co-Director and IAFOR representative is chosen by the IAFOR Board of Directors. The IRC Executive Board is composed of members from both OSIPP and IAFOR. IAFOR is responsible for the administrative side of the operation, including management of the budget and funding.


Aims of the OSIPP/IAFOR Think Tank

IRC aims to provide a research centre to nurture various international and interdisciplinary research policies that use the extensive networks of both Osaka University and IAFOR.

It allows students and faculty to take advantage of the existing online and print publications and conference infrastructure provided by IAFOR, as well as develop an online policy analysis and commentary portal exclusively for IRC, which is the OpenAsia website. OSIPP students may attend IAFOR conferences at no cost (sponsored by the organisation).

In addition, the IRC can provide logistical support within OSIPP in collaboration with the OSIPP Support Office (OSO) to host guest lecturers who are invited by the various issue or area-based centres, projects or committees, within OSIPP or individual professors in order to give ad-hoc lectures and offer the visibility they need to attract the right audience.

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