Dr Darren J. Lim

PhD (Princeton); MPA (Princeton); B.Ec (Hons I), LLB (Hons I) (Monash)
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

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

Research interests

  • Geoeconomics
  • International order and global goverance
  • Technology competition
  • Australian foreign policy
  • International political economy
  • International security
  • Qualitative research methods



I research and teach in the field of international relations, at the intersection of international political economy, international security and global governance. My major research interests focus on geoeconomics (including economic coercion and technology competition), grand strategy in the context of power transitions and international order, and the Indo-Pacific region.

The issue areas covered by my published research include:

  • Patterns and methods of economic coercion
  • Sino-US technology competition, including the logic (and costs) of decoupling
  • How East and South Asian states navigate relations between the US and China through hedging strategies
  • Tourism as an instrument of Chinese economic statecraft
  • China’s “institutional statecraft” and its creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Conceptualising and measuring power in Australian foreign policy
  • Bargaining power in Eurozone bailout negotiations between Greece and Germany
  • “Doxing democracy”, i.e. cyber interference in democratic elections

As of January 2021, topics I’m currently working on include a book project on geoeconomics, and paper projects on the logic of a China-led international order, informal economic sanctions, and Australia's managment of bilateral relations with China.

I also co-host a podcast called Australia in the World

I commenced at the ANU in June 2015, having received my PhD from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Initially trained in law and economics, I previously worked as Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, a corporate lawyer, and researcher at International Crisis Group.

You can find a full list of academic publications on Google Scholar or a focused list on ORCiD.


Available student projects

I am unavailable to supervise any further Honours or PhD students who wish to commence in 2023.


Current student projects

Economic lawfare (V. Ferguson)

Past student projects

State-sponsored cyber inteference in democratic elections (I. Hansen)

Price and energy security in East Asia (V. Ferguson)

Economic sanctions and Iran (R. Akmal)


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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