Professor Fiona Yap is Interim Director at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Her main research interests are in policy and political economy in East and Southeast Asia.
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Crawford School of Public Policy is the region’s leading public policy school, located in one of the world’s great universities. It has decades of strong and deep links with the public service, the non-government sector, and governments and governance institutions worldwide. Its collegial atmosphere provides an unparalleled student experience both on campus and in the online environment. And the School’s world leading scholars combine a commitment to excellence in research and teaching, with frank and fearless policy advice and public engagement.
Crawford School is a special place and a unique institution, and I am proud to lead as Interim Director.
If you are reading this and considering studying a public policy field, or thinking about how a policy degree might help take your career to the next level, then you can be confident that there is no better choice than Crawford School. Since its establishment in 2005, Crawford has brought together students from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond, all of whom share a determination to gain the expertise and capability they need to make positive change in the world. Students at Crawford are part of a close-knit community working alongside our scholars and professional staff. The relationships formed while studying at Crawford are enduring, and countless students have gone on to leadership roles within and beyond government all around the world. Study with us online or in person and you will be in good company.
If you are reading this because you are looking for answers to our many contemporary public policy challenges, then look to the evidence of our outstanding research, focused on Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and beyond. Crawford School has country expertise across the region, strength in depth in international, transnational and comparative aspects of policy, and a unique concentration of researchers concerned with integrity of our public policy and governance systems. Our proximity to Parliament, our long-standing and strong relationships with the public service and non-government sector, and our commitment to using our expertise to change the world for the better makes us an institution that policymakers trust in and can work with.
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Crawford is one of the elite global public policy schools. Whether you want to study here, work with us, learn from us, or engage with us, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the School.