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. A second project examines how exposure to extreme weather events affects beliefs in climate change. Research is  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.

I also assist companies in the energy and environmental sectors navigate regulatory issues. Much of this work is carried out as the Director for Energy & Environment at GR-Group, a Tokyo-based government affairs and public policy consultancy. Issues I have worked on include offshore wind siting, regulations governing interconnection and transmission upgrades, market entry into the biomass market, regulatory harmonization for HFC phaseouts, Japan’s hydrogen strategy, and electricity demand management.

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“.