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Dr Darren Lim

PhD (Princeton); MPA (Princeton); B.Ec (Hons I), LLB (Hons I) (Monash)
Lecturer in International Relations
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

  • Economic diplomacy and coercion
  • Interdependence and the economic-security nexus
  • Grand strategy
  • Australian foreign policy
  • International political economy
  • International trade
  • International security
  • Qualitative research methods



I research in the field of international relations, at the intersection of political economy and security. My major focus is on economic statecraft, the foundations of economic interdependence (particularly between China and its economic partners), and the mechanisms through which trade and investment links can affect states’ security and foreign policies.

The issue areas covered by my published research include:

As of June 2018, topics I’m currently working on include cyber interference in democratic elections, the logic of a China-led international order, Sino-Indian strategic competition, tourism as an instrument of economic statecraft, power in Australian foreign policy, consumer-state energy security strategies, and the intersection between economic coercion and industrial policy.

I received my PhD in 2014 from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Previously, I obtained first class honours degrees in economics and law from Monash University, and prior to studying a masters and PhD I worked as Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, a corporate lawyer, and researcher at International Crisis Group.


Available student projects

I am unavailable to supervise Honours or PhD students starting in 2019.


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)

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