The Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies (CPAS) is hosted by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CAOS) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. It developed from the former Centre for Australian and Oceanic Studies. CPAS is run by anthropologists and development sociologists at Radboud University Nijmegen but extends as an interdisciplinary network of social and cultural anthropologists, legal anthropologists, development sociologists, geographers, historians, and linguists at the University of Nijmegen and at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen.

The Centre is affiliated with the Nijmegen Institute for Social Cultural Research (NISCO) and the national Research School for Resource Studies for Development (CERES). In the field of Oceanic and Southeast Asian Studies it closely cooperates with the Netherlands Association for Oceanic Studies (NVOS), the Centre for Non-Western Studies (CNWS), the Centre for Asian Studies in Amsterdam (CASA), and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). CPAS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the modalities of cooperation in the field of Pacific and Asian Studies with the Departments of Anthropology in Aarhus (Denmark) and Heidelberg (Germany), the Centre of Population and Policy Studies at Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia) and the Sociology and Anthroplogy Department at Khon Kaen University (Thailand). CPAS is also represented on the board of the European Society for Oceanists since it was established at Nijmegen in 1992.