At The Lab, we're fascinated by the big issues in Indo-Pacific development cooperation.

What we do

We are a platform for ideas and debate

We’re fascinated by the big issues in Australia’s development program. We take one gnarly issue at a time, gather the best of the best from the region, Government, and academia, and dive deep to unpack the issue – and develop options for the future.
We produce:
An essay series publication.
The Readout
A short podcast series.
Situation Room
A Chatham House-style dialogue.
Ideas Lab
A compendium of ideas for the future.

We provide bespoke analysis on Indo-Pacific development

The Lab also provides development analysis to a range of clients (think academia, government, non-profits, and private sector) seeking sharp and frank information.

If you’re interested in working with The Lab, please get in touch.



Bridi Rice
Founder and CEO
Madeleine Flint
Production Manager
Patrick Wall
Consulting Analyst


Expertise • Current Inquiry
Richard Maude, Asia Society
Serena Sasingian, The Voice
Prof. John Blaxland, Australian National University
Dr Nicola Nixon, The Asia Foundation
Peter Yates, The Asia Foundation
Stefaan Verhulst, New York University
Andrew Young, New York University
Uma Kalkar, New York University
Dr Bryce Wakefield, Australian Institute for International Affairs
Blake Chrystal, USAID
Production • Current Inquiry
Kate Bensen
Jack Howard
Isabelle Coleman
Rachel Mason Nunn

Who we've worked with

Collaborate with us

Are you working in the Indo-Pacific? Are you exploring some of the big issues in development cooperation? Drop us a line, we'd love to collaborate.