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Meeting the ‘Dual Imperative’: Working towards solutions for displacement in the Asia Pacific through policy-oriented research

27 – 28 April 2023
3.00pm – 5.00pm AEST
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Research in refugee and forced migration studies has often been characterised by a ‘dual imperative’ whereby researchers seek to be both academically rigorous while at the same time relevant to policymakers and displaced communities. Yet, what are the practical steps researchers can take to meet this dual imperative and more strategically translate their research into policy and practice? And what are the implications of this policy-oriented focus for research related to refugees and displacement? 

This symposium offered an opportunity to examine these questions with a focus on research that seeks to address displacement in the Asia Pacific. The symposium also showcased research findings and policy recommendations of scholars working on protection issues in the region and prompted discussion as to how this research can go beyond the realm of academia and engage in and influence policy and practice. The focus on the Asia Pacific is significant given the limited availability of solutions for displaced populations and the increasing number of people experiencing protracted displacement in the region.   

Session format

Each zoom session will be a 10-minute presentation, 5 minute discussant feedback and 7 minute Q&A.

Session 1: Thursday 27 April, 3.00pm - 5.00pm (AEST) 

Session 2: Friday 28 April, 3.00pm - 5.00pm (AEST)  

Moderator: Tristan Harley (Kaldor Centre)

Moderator: Jay Marlowe (Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies) 


  • Fiona MacGregor (SGBV in large-scale displacement settings) 
  • Jonathan Birtwell (Education in Malaysia) 
  • Mohammad Baqir Bayani 
    (Refugee-led Initiatives in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand) 


  • Rabia Salihi (Afghan returns) 
  • Brian Barbour (Building asylum systems in Asia) 
  • Aya Murakami (Japanese asylum law) 
  • Abdullah Mohammadi (Afghan displacement) 

Day 1: Watch the recording

Day 2: Watch the recording