About us

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

Policy Forum is a Crawford School of Public Policy initiative but publishes pieces from experts around the world. Since launching in November 2014, we have published more than 2000 pieces from many hundreds of authors worldwide. The site was set up by a team led by its publisher Professor Tom Kompas, former President of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society.

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 and the Society are run by a team at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

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 NGOs 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 Pieces are not peer-reviewed but do go through a thorough editing process.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 by 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.

Quentin Grafton


I care deeply about what is going on in the world, in our region and in Australia.  My approach to life is to “make a difference” . I fervently believe that the Policy Forum provides readers with a better understanding on issues critical related to their lives. My goal, as part of the leadership team at the Policy Forum, is to create a place and a space for people to engage about key ideas that improves decision-making which, in turn, help make the world a better place for us all.

Martyn Pearce


I have a background in journalism, communications, social media and working with academics. I am a firm believer that the best public policy comes from sharing expertise, debating ideas and making information freely available. I’m passionate about helping authors share their expertise with a wide audience. My work with Policy Forum is focused on creating opportunities for diverse audiences to engage with the best ideas, opinions and essays on public policy.
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Julia Ahrens

Presenter, Policy Forum Pod
I’m a research and communications professional with a passion for health policy and a special interest in Asia and Europe. With my background in journalism and international relations, I enjoy facilitating communication between experts, policymakers and the general public. I firmly believe that good policy-making requires an open and clear dialogue to engage the public that it concerns. Policy Forum is a platform for such conversations, offering different angles on policy issues and making recommendations on how we can build the future that we need.

Angus Blackman

Angus Blackman

I’m a research communications professional with experience working at universities in both Australia and Indonesia. I believe there is real value in working with subject-area experts to make research accessible and generate informed public debate. Policy Forum is an exciting place to work because it allows me to engage with the leading research and analysis on Asia and the Pacific, encourage debate on the key issues of our time and have a real impact.

Patrick Cooney

I am currently studying Asian Studies at the ANU. I am very interested in the way Asia’s political history and institutions affect policy outcomes, especially between nations. I believe that failing to understand one another is at the root of many of Asia’s problems and that as such this often manifests itself in policy. By working with Policy Forum I can be part of helping this, as it is a platform for honest and vigorous debate and the exploration of ideas, where we can find creative solutions to difficult problems.

Tessia Deng

Section Editor, Research

I am an experienced publishing project manager. Over the years, I have always been fascinated by how people share their ideas via various media and how they work together to create an ever-progressing world. As a proud Policy Forum team member, I see my work as an opportunity to explore deeper into the needs of a wider audience group. I’m excited to help build a bridge linking the great public policy thinkers and practitioners to a much wider community.
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