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The Australian National University

Dr Annmarie Elijah

B.A. (Hons), PhD
Associate Director, ANU Centre for European Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Comparative regionalism, federalism, Australian trade policy, Australia-EU relations, European integration, trans-Tasman relations.


Dr Annmarie Elijah is Associate Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies. She previously worked as a policy officer in the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and she has taught politics at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University of Wellington and ANU. Her PhD (University of Melbourne) examined the implications of British membership of the European Community for Australia. In 2014-2015 she held the Europe-Australia Business Council Fellowship at ANU. 


Researcher's projects

Understanding EU Trade: A Guide for Australian Stakeholders 

The project provides training for Commonwealth, state and territory governments and industry stakeholders on understanding the EU as a global trader. The project is funded under the Jean Monnet scheme from the European Commission. 

Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda 

The forthcoming edited volume canvasses issues and prospects for an Australia - European Union Free Trade Agreement. 

with Professor Karen Hussey, Assoc. Prof. Don Kenyon and Assoc. Prof. Pierre van der Eng

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement: implications for Australia

Centre for European Studies and Europe-Australia Business Council Fellowship 2014

The project is to analyse the CETA in detail in order to identify implications for any forthcoming negotiations between Australia and the EU. Findings were presented to the EABC in May 2015.  

Trans-Tasman Economic Integration

With Dr John Leslie, Victoria University of Wellington.

The project compares economic integration between Australia and New Zealand with single market initiatives elsewhere, particularly but not only the European Union. It has attracted seed funding from the European Union Centres Network of New Zealand, the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and the Royal Society of New Zealand. The project has resulted in two workshops and we have presented findings internationally among comparative regionalism specialists, including at the joint ISA United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration School conference in Bruges (2013). In 2012 we obtained funding to host a focused workshop at the ANUCES: Going Behind Borders Differently? The EU, ASEAN and ANZCERTA compared. See

The research investigates the institutional mechanisms of economic integration in different regional contexts and, most recently, in the ‘mega-regional’ trade agreements now being negotiated. Project findings have been used for policy recommendations and advice, for example in the CER-ASEAN Integration Partnership Forum held in Manila in 2012.  See  

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The project is focused on current negotiations between the European Union and the United States for a comprehensive trade deal. It is part of an ARC Linkage grant held at the Centre for European Studies. Initial findings were presented at a conference at the ANUCES in November 2013. For initial findings see   


Current student projects

Rhys Merrett, PhD candidate, EU Strategy in Asia. 

Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD candidate, Russia's Arctic Strategy. 


Past student projects

Nina Markovic, Political Relations between the European Union and Serbia in a broader historical perspective: assessing normative obstacles to Serbia's European Integration. PhD awarded at ANU in July 2015. 

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