The research strength of the Centre lies in the integrated study of the social, political and economic development of modern China and Japan. A major aspect of that work is its reliance on original source materials from the countries concerned. Eight main areas of research stand out:
- The politics and economy of modern China, Japan and Korea.
- Chinese and Japanese history.
- Social and cultural development in China, Japan and Korea.
- Chinese thought.
- Chinese gender studies
- Applied and theoretical linguistics in Chinese and Japanese.
- Education and youth-related issues Agricultural and environmental issues in Asia.
- Education history and development in China
Research in these areas is conducted individually and collectively by Centre staff and post-graduate students. Particular research projects in these areas are funded by bodies such as the Australian Research Council, or the University Research Grants Scheme.