About us

Policy Forum is Asia and the Pacific’s platform for public policy debate, analysis, views, and discussion.

Policy Forum is an ANU Crawford School of Public Policy initiative but publishes pieces from experts around the world. Since launching in November 2014, we have published more than 3,000 pieces by more than 2,000 authors worldwide.

The site’s first publisher was Professor Tom Kompas, former President of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society. It was the idea of the inaugural editor, Martyn Pearce, who created and edited the site and its podcasts from 2014 until December 2020. Professor Quentin Grafton was a part of the founding team and was Editor-in-Chief until December 2022.

The site is connected to the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society (APPS) – a community of scholars, public policy practitioners, people working at every level of public policy design and implementation, and the policy-engaged public. Membership of the Society is free and it brings with it significant benefits. You can sign up here.

Policy Forum publishes original essays, podcasts, opinions and ideas on public policy challenges throughout the region, and the world. Our contributions are written with a broad audience in mind and are intended to provoke a discussion, dialogue or debate.

Our authors include distinguished academics, former prime ministers, people employed by non-government organisations and postgraduate students. The views expressed on Policy Forum are the views of the authors. They do not represent the views of Policy Forum or any of its partner organisations. Pieces are not peer-reviewed but do go through a thorough editing process.

We welcome contributions. If you have expertise in a public policy area, and an opinion you want to share, drop us a line through our ‘contribute’ page. At Policy Forum, we believe that the best way to respond to public policy challenges is through the free, frank and open exchange of ideas based on evidence.

All content produced for Policy Forum is available for republishing and reproducing under a Creative Commons licence. If you have feedback, topics you’d like to see covered, or any other questions, you can post comments or contact us directly.

Policy Forum is currently recruiting an editor.