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, trade policy, Australia-EU relations, European integration, Brexit, trans-Tasman relations. 


Dr Annmarie Elijah is Associate Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne which examined Australia, Britain and Europe during the British bids for European Community membership. She was a policy officer in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet between 2002 and 2006. Annmarie’s research focusses on Australia-EU relations, regional economic integration, comparative regionalism, federalism and trade policy. She recently co-edited a book on Australia-EU trade relations (ANU Press, 2017). She was successful in securing EU research funding through the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Activities, including a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on EU-Australia Economic Cooperation. In 2017 she was a recipient of the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach for her work on Brexit and the Australia-EU trade negotiations.




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 

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

The edited volume, published by ANU Press in 2017, canvasses issues and prospects for an Australia - European Union Free Trade Agreement. Download the collection at: 


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

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

The project analysed the CETA in detail in order to identify implications for the 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 compared economic integration between Australia and New Zealand with single market initiatives elsewhere, particularly but not only the European Union. Findings were presented internationally among comparative regionalism specialists, including at the joint ISA United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration School conference in Bruges (2013). See the proceedings of a focussed workshop at the ANUCES: Going Behind Borders Differently? The EU, ASEAN and ANZCERTA compared: http://ces.anu.edu.au/events/going-behind-borders-differently-eu-asean-and-anzcerta-compared 

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 http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Trade-and-Economic-Relations/2-Trade-Relationships-and-Agreements/Asean/1-Integration-Partnership-Forum/Seminar-two/0-IPF-seminar-two.php  


Current student projects

Ivana Damjanovic, PhD candidate, Investor State Dispute Settlement in the European Union

Genrikh Salata, PhD candidate, The role of experiential knowledge in foreign market commitment: Australian services SMEs

Rhys Merrett, PhD candidate, EU Strategy in Asia. 



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. 

Elizabeth Buchanan, Russian Arctic Strategy: conflict or cooperation? PhD awarded at ANU in July 2018. 



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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