I work at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. My interests lie in business-government relations and non-market strategy, with a focus on energy and climate change. I am also Research Director for GR-Japan, a government affairs and public policy consultancy focused on the Japanese market (http://grjapan.com/).

My book Globalizing Oil was recently published through the Business and Public Policy series with Cambridge University Press. In it I offer a firm-centered explanation for patterns of change in oil market governance in France, Japan, and the United States over the last three decades. (Until September 30 you can receive a twenty percent discount by entering HUGHES14 at the checkout.) I have also published on public investment in green technologies, US energy policy, regionalism and climate change, Japanese nuclear energy, and resource nationalism in the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to joining faculty at the ANU I was an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, and a research fellow in the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. My research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, East-West Center, Smith Richardson Foundation, MIT Laboratory for Energy and Environment, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and the GWU Center for International Business. I have been a visiting fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (Forschungszentrums für Umweltpolitik) at Freie Universität, the Centre of Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (CGEMP) at Université Paris Dauphine, Tokyo Foundation, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), and the Japan Institute for Energy Economics (IEEJ).

I received my Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I also have a masters degree from the Graduate School of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo, and a bachelors degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.


“Llewelyn Hughes has written a brilliant book about the transformation of the world’s energy markets. In Globalizing Oil, Hughes demonstrates that the interplay of governments and firms in the global market for oil requires an understanding of both politics and strategy. With extraordinary research and compelling argument, Hughes’ book provides insight into both.” – Rawi E. Abdelal, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Harvard Business School

Globalizing Oil is an invaluable contribution to the literature on global governance of the petroleum industry. Not since Louis Turner’s Oil Companies and the International System has such a monumental study been produced with the clarity and foresight on this vital issue. His comparative approach goes a long way in explaining critical domestic and foreign policy energy policy nuances that continue to influence the oil market to this day. A true tour de force!” – Charles Ebinger, Senior Fellow and Director, Energy Security Initiative, The Brookings Institution

“Despite the tremendous importance of oil for advanced economies, we know little behind the politics that led to the liberalization of domestic markets. Hughes ambitious and insightful analysis fills this gap. For anybody interested in understanding how business power and government choices mutually shape each other over time, Hughes’ book will be a required reading.” – Cornelia Woll, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po Paris