Angkor Research Program


The Angkor Research Program has taken the study of Angkor from theory, through pure research and applied research, to creating international business opportunities for Australian industry and developing teaching resources on Angkor for the High School curriculum in Australia. For one and a half decades, the Angkor Research Program has been the cornerstone of the University's engagement with Cambodia, and our Research Centre in Siem Reap has established the first physical presence for the University in Southeast Asia.

The Angkor Research Program applies a multidisciplinary approach to the study of urban society and related topics in the Angkor region which includes the archaeology, history, environment and heritage of Angkor and the contemporary relevance to Cambodia and world-wide. The program connects disciplines across the University in Arts, Science, Agriculture, Medicine and Law. For more than a decade the primary focus has been the spatial organisation, operation, social life, development and demise of Angkor in its ecological and contemporary context.

Collaborative research agreements for continuing research at Angkor have been established between the University of Sydney, Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA), the Cambodian national agency that manages Angkor, and École Française d'Extrême Orient (EFEO), the French research agency which has studied Angkor for over a century.

As well as research publications, seminars and conference presentations the program has generated considerable international interest and attention and has also produced an integrated database and map system for Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA), for the management of Angkor.

A permanently staffed research centre, the University of Sydney Robert Christie Research Centre in Siem Reap and the Angkor Research Program Facility in the University of Sydney support the program.

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