Dr Darren Lim

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

Areas of expertise

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

Research interests

  • Geoeconomics
  • Interdependence, technology and the economic-security nexus
  • Grand strategy and the rules-based international order
  • Australian foreign policy
  • International political economy
  • International trade
  • International security
  • Qualitative research methods



I research and teach in the field of international relations, at the intersection of international political economy and international security. My major research interests focus on geoeconomics (including economic statecraft 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 (see my personal website for links):

  • “Debt trap diplomacy” and Chinese economic statecraft in Sri Lanka
  • How East Asian states navigate relations between the US and China through hedging strategies
  • Sino-US technology competition and great power rivalry
  • 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 2019, topics I’m currently working on include a book project on geoeconomic coercion, and paper projects on the logic of a China-led international order, informal economic sanctions, and tourism as an instrument of economic statecraft.

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

I received my PhD in 2014 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. 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.

My CV is available here and you can find me on Google Scholar


Available student projects

I am unavailable to supervise Honours or PhD students who wish to commence in 2020 or 2021.


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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