Since 1995, UNESCO has established Chairs in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations to conduct research and provide input to UNESCO programs and polices drawn from an understanding of religious and cultural diversity.
The UNESCO Chair for the Asia-Pacific was awarded to Monash University in 2004 and was launched by H.E. Abdurrahman Wahid former President of Indonesia.
- The Chairholder is Professor Emeritus Gary D Bouma
- The Deputy Chairholder is Professor Greg Barton
- UCIIR-AP researcher: Dr Anna Halafoff (Deakin University)
- UCIIR-AP Senior Associate: Dr Basoeki Koesasi
Associated with this UNESCO Chair are:
- Dr Scott Daniel Dunbar, SOPHIS, Monash University – India specialist
- New Zealand Associate: Professor Douglas Pratt, U Waikato
- Dr Seng Guan Yeoh, Monash Malaysia – Malaysia and Indonesia specialist
- Dr Sharon Bong, Monash Malaysia – gender and religious diversity
- Indonesian Associate: Dr Zainal Abidin Bagir, Gadjah Mada University