CPAS (Netherlands)

The Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands is one of the four European partners of the ECOPAS project, that is entirely led by its Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies (CPAS). CPAS is a research, educational and outreach centre hosted by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen and is an integral part of the Nijmegen Institute for Social and Cultural Research. The majority of the staff of CPAS is employed by the Radboud University Nijmegen but it also has affiliated members from outside the university, in particular researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen. CPAS will coordinate a work package of the ECOPAS project (WP6) which includes the organisation of an international conference focused on social, cultural and political aspects of climate change in the Pacific.

CPAS was established in 1991 to further enrich and enhance the quality of research on issues related to the Asia-Pacific region. In the past and at present, it has been involved in, and has initiated and coordinated high-quality and innovative research on a broad variety of themes, ranging from ethno-religious conflicts and identity formation to social security, livelihoods and socio-economic development.

Since its establishment, CPAS has been a resource for Oceanists across the world. Its research documentation services and facilities are open to students and staff with an interest in the Pacific and in comparative issues in anthropology and development. It provides a broad spectrum of electronic information on on-going research in the Pacific for scientists, students, policy makers and the wider public, with an emphasis on conferences (announcements and reports) and recent publications (reviews and summaries). The electronic Oceania Newsletter that it has regularly published since 1993 is sent out to interested parties around the world. Through its website, this centre provides access to the Oceania Bibliographical Database and the Oceania Cinematographical Database that are searchable online. CPAS also has a considerable track record of research and publications in its own series of monographs.

CPAS hosted the founding conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) in 1992, co-organised the Fourth ESfO conference at Leiden in 1999, and has been the host of the national “Oceania Day” organized jointly with the Netherlands Association for Oceanic Studies. Apart from organising conferences in its field of expertise, it maintains close contacts with a number of other research and teaching institutions in Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.