Director of Research


The Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI) is a nongovernmental, nonpartisan, international think tank. CAPRI’s mission is to enhance global resilience and promote innovative governance by drawing on the experiences of the Asia-Pacific region through comparative public policy research. Our interdisciplinary research at the intersection of health, economic growth, and environmental sustainability provides informed and insightful policy analysis to governments, leaders, media, and the public.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a Director of Research able to drive policy impact and promote change in the Asia Pacific through high-quality, interdisciplinary policy research. As the creative force behind CAPRI’s research agenda, the Director of Research leads an international team of research staff to develop and implement CAPRI’s projects and partnerships and is instrumental in developing the messages and ideas CAPRI promotes and offering policy solutions to the most pressing challenges the world faces today.


Lead CAPRI’s research and programming

  • Manage a bilingual team of in-house research associates
  • Author articles, reports, blog posts, and other pieces of writing that present CAPRI’s research
  • Coordinate with CAPRI’s partners to develop and execute joint research projects
  • Expand CAPRI’s senior fellow program and recruit fellows to undertake CAPRI-branded research
  • Develop regular reports on CAPRI’s research to present to the Board of Directors
  • Propose a medium- to long-term research agenda for CAPRI’s independent projects, including key deliverables and timelines, with input from other CAPRI stakeholders and staff
  • Identify and cultivate partnerships and joint research opportunities with new partners in the Asia Pacific and beyond

Develop CAPRI’s convening activities

  • Lead the creative development and planning for CAPRI’s independent events
  • Collaborate with CAPRI’s partners to develop and execute joint events
  • Speak in such events as applicable

Work with the Director of Communications to oversee CAPRI’s promotional activities

  • Provide input on CAPRI’s communication strategy based on the organization’s research agenda
  • Draft talking points and key messages on CAPRI’s main research findings
  • Represent CAPRI at external academic, research, and policy events internationally
  • Promote CAPRI by discussing its research and policy recommendations in interviews, guest lectures, articles, blog posts, and other publicity opportunities for CAPRI

Required Qualifications

  • MA, JD, or PhD in a field relevant to CAPRI’s areas of focus, preferably with experience in interdisciplinary and applied policy research
  • At least 5 years of experience in leading teams in policy or academic research on the Asia Pacific
  • Ability to work within a flat, start-up organizational structure
  • Outstanding research and writing skills in English
  • A creative outlook toward research, collaboration, and solutions for public policy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in organizing collaboration in think tanks, academic institutions, or research organizations
  • Communication skills in Chinese or another Asian language


On-site in Taipei. The Director of Research will be occasionally required to travel to places where CAPRI has research partners.


Competitive; determined in light of position-related experience, professional accomplishments, and education

How to Apply

Please send the following materials to [email protected]:

  • Your résumé/CV
  • A brief statement of interest
  • Your publications
  • Contact information for two professional references
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