Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

PhD; BA (Hons)
Jean Monnet Post Doctoral Researcher
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Studies 160604
  • International Relations 160607
  • Political Science 1606
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606

Research interests

Energy security

The geopolitics of energy 

Russian foreign energy strategy

Sino-Russian energy relations

Critical infrastructure studies (SLOC, energy transit corridors)

Petrostate models

Russian polar strategy 

Arctic security

Antarctic security 




Dr Elizabeth Buchanan is Project Lead for the EU Commission Jean Monnet Energy Policy Workshop research initiative at the Centre for European Studies at The Australian National University. Her areas of expertise are Russian foreign energy strategy, critical infrastructure security and polar geopolitics. Elizabeth completed her PhD on Russian Arctic strategy under Vladimir Putin in 2017 and holds an Honours degree in Russian-Ukrainian natural gas relations.

In 2017 Dr Buchanan was the Maritime Fellow at NATO’s Defense College where she examined the GIUK gap threat and sea cable security. Elizabeth has published widely on Russian energy strategy and Arctic affairs with Foreign Affairs, The Lowy Institute, The Australian Institute for International Affairs and The Moscow Times. In 2015, Elizabeth was a Visiting Scholar with The Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy unit. She has experience in the private oil sector, is an assistant Course Convenor on the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre teaching staff and is a 2018 Australian Institute of International Affairs Early Career Research awardee.


Researcher's projects

2018-2020 Energy Policy Workshop (Jean Monnet Erasmus+) 


Projects and Grants

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Updated:  28 September 2022 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers