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Lorraine Elliott is Professor Emerita in the Department of International Relations in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. She also holds appointment as an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She has held visiting fellow and professorial appointments at Oxford University (Balliol College), the Free University of Amsterdam, the London School of Economics, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Keele University, Sheffield University and Nottingham University (where she is non-resident senior fellow with the Institute of Asia). She has also held well as previous appointment as Reader in International Relations at the University of Warwick and Professor of International Relations at the ANU.

She is currently completing a three year term as Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System ( She is also a member of the Australian National Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation Asia Pacific, a member of the Network of Experts for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, and the advisory committee for intergovernmental Platform on Disaster Displacement. Prof Elliott’s research and publications have focused on global and regional (Asia Pacific) environmental governance, politics and ethics; transnational environmental crime; climate change and human security (including food security, migration, and social resilience); and network analysis and agency beyond the state.

Recent publications:

  • International Handbook on Transnational Environmental Crime (co-edited with William Schaedla; 2016)
  • ‘Environmental regionalism: moving in from the policy margins’, The Pacific Review, 30(6): 952-65
  • ‘Cooperation on Transnational Environmental Crime: Institutional Complexity Matters’, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, 26(2) 2017: 107-17
  • ‘Human security/environmental security’, Contemporary Politics, 21 (1) 2015: 11-24
  • ‘The securitisation of transnational environmental crime and the militarisation of conservation’ in Lorraine Elliott and William Schaedla (eds) International Handbook on Transnational Environmental Crime (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016)
  • ‘Markets, opportunities and pollutants: smuggling networks and the black market in ozone depleting substances’ in Tanya Wyatt (ed.) Green Crime: Hazardous Waste and Pollution (Springer, 2016)
  • Criminal networks and black markets in transnational environmental crime’ in Toine Spapens, Rob White and Wim Huisman (eds) Environmental Crime in Transnational Context: Global Issues in Green Enforcement and Criminology (Routledge; 2016)
  • ‘Governing the international political economy of transnational environmental crime’ in Anthony J. Payne and Nicola Phillips (eds) The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Governance (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014)
  • Human security and climate change in Southeast Asia: managing risk and resilience (Routledge; 2013; lead editor)
  • ‘Diplomacy and the Kyoto Protocol’ in Andrew F. Cooper, Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur (eds) Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2013)
  • Australia’s engagement with the United Nations on environmental issues: benefits and balance’ in James Cotton and David Lee (ed) Australia and the United Nations (Canberra: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Longueville Books, 2013).
  • Climate change, migration and human security in Southeast Asia, RSIS Monograph no. 24 (Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 2012); editor
  • ‘Fighting transnational environmental crime’, Journal of International Affairs, 66(1) (2012), 87-104
  • ‘ASEAN and environmental governance: strategies of regionalism in Southeast Asia’ Global Environmental Politics, 12 (2) (2012), 38-57
  • ‘Human security, climate security and social resilience’ in Lorraine Elliott and Mely Caballero-Anthony (eds) Human security and climate change in Southeast Asia: managing risk and resilience (Routledge; 2012)
  • ‘Legality and legitimacy: the environmental challenge’ in Richard Falk, Mark Juergensmeyer and Vesselin Popovski (eds) Legality and legitimacy in global affairs (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • ‘Australia, climate change and the Global South’, The Round Table 100 (415) (2011), 441-57
  • ‘Asia, the environment and the global financial crisis’, Contemporary Politics, 17(2) (2011), 167-84. Comparative environmental regionalism, (London: Routledge, 2011); co-edited with Shaun Breslin

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