Dr Christian Downie
B Econ (Hons I), Uni. of Sydney; PhD, ANU
Dr Christian Downie is a Fellow and the Higher Degree Research Convenor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University. He was previously a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales.
Christian has worked as a foreign policy advisor to the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and a climate policy advisor to the Department of Climate Change. Christian holds a PhD in international relations and political science from the Australian National University, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in economics. He has spent time teaching or researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Chulalongkorn, among others, and he has worked in policy think tanks in Canberra and Washington D.C.
His first book, The Politics of Climate Change Negotiations, was published in 2014. Christian is also the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and more than 40 policy, conference and opinion pieces.
For more information and list of publications visit his personal website.
- International Relations
- Environmental Politics
Available student projects
I am always eager to hear from Masters and PhD students who have an interest in working on projects in the following areas:
• Global energy policy
• Global climate change policy
• US energy policy
• The G20
• Business actors and clean energy transitions
Please do feel free to get in contact if you would like to pursue further study in any of these areas and to see whether I would be a suitable supervisor.
However, before you do, please check your eligibility to pursue a Master of Philosophy or PhD at the ANU.
Dr Christian Downie has received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (
RegNet was delighted to secure a number of grants in the recent round of awards from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
In this ten minute speech, Christian Downie explores how ideas about regulating people and activities spread across the globe, and not always to positive effect.
Opinion piece by Christian Downie
Familiar great and rising powers have the most influence in shaping the international order.
President Trump announced overnight (2 June) that the United States - the World’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases - will be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.
Christian Downie on reforming international energy architecture.
As Director of Education, I am excited that you are considering pursuing a higher degree by research (HDR) at RegNet.
It seems almost certain that US President-elect Donald Trump will walk away from the Paris climate agreement next year. In the absence of US leadership, the question is: who will step up?
In a new paper published in Global Policy, Peter Drahos and I argue that not only is there a strong economic and moral case for such action, but there are good geopolitical reasons too.
With a federal election looming, Australia’s top mandarins will once again be turning their minds to the incoming government briefs, the so-called blue book if the Coalition is returned and the red book if Labor is elected.
RegNet visitor Christian Downie has written an op-ed appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald on February 23, 2016.
In this opinion piece published in The Drum on November 6, Peter Drahos and Christian Downie argue there is a good case for Australia to act on climate change early and unilaterally.
In September, in the margins of the UN General Assembly, Australia will assume the role of chair for a little known grouping of countries known as MIKTA – Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia.
A group of RegNet scholars descended on Seattle for the 2015 Law and Society Association conference in late May.
The United Nations climate change talks will not save the planet by themselves, but they put important pressure on every nation to do its part writes RegNet Visiting Fellow, Dr Christian Downie.
Christian Downie argues that the Federal Labor Government is in an unenviable position when it comes to the politics of climate change.
This project examines the role of business actors in the oil and gas industries, coal industry, utility industry and renewable industries across six contemporary policy contests that have taken place
The current patchwork of policy frameworks for energy fall far short of what is needed to transition to a low carbon economy.
International multilateral negotiations are becoming longer and more complex.While the concept of a 'two level game' can be used to understand when and how domestic politics and internationa