Governing Energy Transitions (GET) Lab

The US has finally passed a huge climate bill. Australia needs to keep up

by Christian Downie

If politics moves slowly, climate politics often feels like it doesn’t move at all.

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Booming contributions by first nations to address Australia’s environmental crisis must be recognised

Emeritus Professor Jon Altman co-authored this piece with Heidi Norman, Bhiamie Williamson and Francis Markham following the release of the State of the Environment 2021 report which highlights the

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Why “curtailment” is about to become a dirty word: rooftop solar’s gone hard – now it’s being told to go home …

RegNet’s Research Fellow Lee White was quoted in Cosmos on the surge of rooftop solar uptake of rooftop solar and the effects on the electricity network.

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The Governing Energy Transitions (GET) Lab at the Australian National University is a home for researchers, policymakers and advocates seeking to advance the politics and governance of a clean energy transition. Global in focus and interdisciplinary in practice, its members’ research and teaching is driven by a desire to improve our understanding of the political and governance barriers to decarbonising our society. With scholars from across the social sciences, including political science, international relations, sociology, economics and law, our aim is to develop new strategies that address the complex governance challenges of the energy transition.

GET Lab is directed by Associate Professor Christian Downie.

Members also pursue projects across a range of related topics, including trade, intellectual property, international standards, Indigenous land and resource management, forestry, sub-national energy governance, and energy justice among others.

This work has been funded by the Australian Government, the Australian Research Council, business organizations, and philanthropic foundations.

Members of the lab meet regularly to discuss research and policy ideas and explore the latest research. If you are interested in participating, please contact Christian Downie (


GET Lab comprises academic staff from RegNet, including postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students, and faculty members in other schools and institutions.

Research projects

The GET Lab is the home to many research projects


GET Lab publications

News & events

GET Lab news and events


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Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet