Pacific Geographies (PG), ISSN (Print) 2196-1468 / (Online) 2199-9104, is the peer-reviewed semi-annual publication of the Association for Pacific Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pazifische Studien e.V., APSA). PG was established in 1992 and labelled Pacific News (ISSN 1435-8360). In 2012, the name Pacific Geographies was adopted.

It is published by the Department of Human Geography at the University of Hamburg and by the Pacific Network. The latter is a non-profit and politically independent association aiming to promote political, social-economic, ecological and cultural issues of Pacific island countries.

PG provides an inter- and transdisciplinary academic platform to investigate social, cultural, environmental and economic issues and developments in the whole Asia-Pacific region. The use of colored photos and high-quality maps provides authors with unique opportunities to illustrate their work, which is a distinctive characteristic of PG.

PG is an open access journal, listed at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). There are no charges to readers and authors. Scientific contributions receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Authors retain copyright, and articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY-NC-ND.

Scientific articles are double-blind, and research notes single-blind refereed. The publication language is English.

There are two issues per year.

Any opinions and views expressed in the contributions are the opinions and views of the authors, and are not the views of or endorsed by PG. The accuracy of the content should be independently verified with primary sources of information.

The APSA e.V. and the Pacific Network are among the largest networks in Germany for academics, civil society activists and practitioners with an interest in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aims & Scope

PG aims to encourage researchers and practitioners to report on their research-based work. We especially welcome contributions from scholars from the Asia-Pacific region and young scholars with fieldwork experience. PG seeks to foster a debate between researchers, governments, NGOs, the private sector and communities.

The journal targets a wide audience of readers including academics and students, public and private sector representatives and the general public with an interest in research that focuses the Asia-Pacific region. Over the years, PG has published contributions to the fields of anthropology, geography, environmental sciences, political sciences and various other disciplines, as well as Pacific Studies.

Articles submitted to Pacific Geographies should discuss original research, are theory-driven or based on empirical studies, and make a major contribution to the respective field of research. Research notes can also report on research in progress or be the result of applied research activities.



Pazifik Forum

Books series of the Association of Pacific Studies (APSA)
Overview of the volumes published so far within the book series Pazifik Forum.

WAIBEL, M. (ED.) (2017) Phnom Penh: KHMER City. Book series PAZIFIK FORUM of the Association of Pacific Studies; Volume 19, APSA Publishing House, Phnom Penh / Cambodia, 208 pages. ISBN: 978-9924-9151-0-2.


The Association of Pacific Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Pazifische Studien e.V., APSA) was founded in 1987 at the Department of Geograpy of the Technical University Aachen, Germany. The reason for the establisment of the APSA was the common interest in the countries of the Asian-Pacific Region. Activities initiated so far have been the implementation of workshops, conferences, public lectures or poster exhibitions. To sustain these efforts a books series Pazifik Forum was started in 1990. In 1992, this was complemented by the publication of the semi-annual journal Pacific News. The latter is now the major activity of APSA. In 2012 Pacific News was re-labelled Pacific Geographies to better reflect the character as an area studies journal.

Above all, the APSA sees its role as one the most important science-based networks in Germany for people who are fascinated by the Asian-Pacific region and who are interested in academic exchange.