Llewelyn Hughes

Welcome! I am Associate Dean for Research at the College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU). I am also an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and a member of the Executive Committee of the ANU’s Energy Change Institute. You can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter, or feel free to drop me an email.

In my academic work I am interested in how public policies affect, and are affected by, energy markets. I am currently investigating how and why energy policies are changing in response to the problem of climate change, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. An ongoing project examines how the rise of Global Value Chains affect the ability of governments to promote green growth industries, beginning with photovoltaics and electric vehicles. The project has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the East-West Centre, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. A second project examines how exposure to extreme weather events affects beliefs in climate change.

I also have an interest in fossil fuels. In 2014 my book Globalizing Oil was published through the Business and Public Policy series with Cambridge University Press (reviewed here by Paul Stevens in The Energy Journal). In it I examined why industrialised countries transformed the policies they used to manage energy security risks in oil markets over the 1980s and 1990s, including detailed case chapters on France, Japan, and the United States. My research is published or forthcoming in Annual Review of Political Science, Business and Politics, Climatic ChangeEnergy PolicyEnvironmental Science & Policy, Global Environmental Change, International Studies Quarterly, and other academic journals, as well as in numerous policy outlets. Many are available for download from my research page, or from ResearchGate. Don’t hesitate to contact me directly if there is a paper or chapter you would like to read and it is behind a paywall. I would be delighted to send it to you.

In addition to my academic work, I assist companies in the energy and environmental sectors navigate regulatory issues in Japan. Issues I have worked on include grid interconnection procedures for renewable energy project developers, identifying regulatory barriers to increasing wind power capacity, assessing the distribution of costs to new market entrants for transmission grid upgrading, promoting regulatory harmonization for HFC phaseouts, creating opportunities in the Japanese biomass market, analyzing Japan’s hydrogen strategy, and promoting policies supporting the use of electricity demand management. Much of this work is carried out as the energy and environment account lead for GR-Japan, a Tokyo-based government affairs and public policy consultancy.

Prior to returning to Australia I worked at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, and before that the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. I am a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, and am affiliated with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. I have also been a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, 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, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), and the Japan Institute for Energy Economics (IEEJ). My entry into the energy sector came with being hired by Enron, although I am glad to report I no longer subscribe to their “loose-tight management strategy“.