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Christian Downie is an Associate Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. He holds an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship and was previously a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Christian has worked as an advisor to several Australian Government agencies, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Christian holds a PhD in international relations and political science from the Australian National University, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in economics. He has spent time teaching or researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs among others, and he has worked in policy think tanks in Canberra and Washington D.C. Christian is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters including publications in Regulation & Governance, Global Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Climate Policy, International Affairs, Business & Politics and Third World Quarterly. His latest book is Business Battles in the U.S. Energy Sector: Lessons for a clean energy transition.

For more information and list of publications visit his personal website: http://christiandownie.com/



Available student projects

I am always eager to hear from Masters and PhD student who have an interest in working on projects in the following areas:

  • Global energy policy
  • Global climate change policy
  • US energy policy
  • The G20
  • Business actors and clean energy transitions

Please do feel free to get in contact if you would like to pursue further study in any of these areas and to see whether I would be a suitable supervisor.

However, before you do, please check your eligibility to pursue a Master of Philosophy or PhD at the ANU http://regnet.anu.edu.au/education/how-apply



  • JA Political science (General)
  • JZ International relations

Expertise Areas

  • Climate change and energy transitions
  • Global governance and regulatory institutions
  • Foreign affairs
  • Business and politics
  • Geopolitics, economics and security
  • Private power and corporations
  • International organizations


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