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Welcome! I am a social scientist researching the low carbon energy transition. I currently work at the Crawford School of Public PolicyAustralian National University, where I sit on the steering committee of the Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific initiative. Trained as a political scientist (Ph.D. 2009), I am particularly interested in analysing how governments balance the goal of creating competitive advantage through green industry policies with the need to respond effectively to climate change, using a global supply chain perspective. I have also spent some time working on the fossil fuel sector, notably crude oil. Most of the research I have been involved in is available for download from my website at, or from ResearchGate. You can find also me on LinkedIn and Twitter, or feel free to drop me an email.


ANU – POGO 8212 Energy Politics and Governance (Masters)

This course examines debates on energy reform and global climate change. It considers the political economy and geopolitics of energy resources, and explores issues facing energy governance at international, national and local levels.

ANU – POGO 8096 Research Methods/Policy Research (Masters)

In this survey course we cover the essential elements of research design, from theory building to hypothesis testing, principles of causal inference, and the presentation of results. The course also contains units on different strategies for data collection and analysis, including experimental design, survey research, elite interviews, textual analysis, and regression analysis. It is a required course for students enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Current student projects

Conrad Buffier, PhD Committee Chair, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (2023-)

Hang Deng, PhD Committee Member, College for Business & Economics, Australian National University (2020-)

Jane Kuang, PhD Committee Chair, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (2018- )


Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), 2009


Llewelyn Hughes is Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy




Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Masters of Political Science & Law, The University of Tokyo

External positions

Academic Board, Australian National University (ANU)

1 May 2024 → …

Board Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs

10 Apr 2024 → …

Clean Energy Transition Subcommittee, Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee

1 Mar 2022 → …

Australia Focal Point, Energy Research Institute Network (ERIN), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

1 Jan 2018 → …

Research Fellow, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

1 Jan 2017 → …


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