Professor Lorraine Elliott

BA (Auckland), MA (Hons) (Auckland), PhD (ANU)
Professor and ANU Public Policy Fellow, Department of International Relations, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607

Research interests

Global politics of the environment; regionalism and environmental governance especially in Southeast Asia; transnational environmental crime; non-traditional security including climate security and environmental security; human security; cosmopolitan international theory.


My research focuses on global governance and human security, transnational environmental crime, regional environmental governance in Southeast Asia, environmental security, climate security and human security (with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific), including food security and climate migration. I also have research interests in the UN system, and in global ethics, particularly global environmental ethics. I teach graduate courses in global governance, non-traditional security and human security, and research methods and approaches in IR. I currently Chair the international Board of the Academic Council on the UN System ( I am Lead Faculty with the Earth System Governance programme ( and a member of the advisory committee for the Varieties of Peace research program at the University of Umea in Sweden. I am one of two Vice Chairs for the Asia Pacific region of the International Studies Association (ISA), adjunct faculty in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at the McCormack Graduate School at U. Mass Boston ( and a member of the international Advisory Committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement ( I am also an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick and the Instituate of Asia and Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham ( I have held appointment as visiting professor and visiting fellow at the University of Nottingham (as a Highfield Fellow), Balliol College Oxford, the LSE, the Free University of Amsterdam, Keele University and Sheffield University. I also spent two years at the University of Warwick as Director of Studies for the MA (International Relations) programme.

Researcher's projects

Chief Investigator and Project Director, Transnational Environmental Crime: applying network theory to an investigation of illegal trade, criminal activity and law enforcement responses, Australian Research Council Linkage LP110100642


Projects and Grants

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