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Research Fellow DECRA, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland

Dr Vlado Vivoda holds a B.A. (Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and an M.A. (International Relations) from the Australian National University. He completed his Ph.D. on the international political economy of oil at Flinders University in 2008. Since completing his doctorate, Vlado published extensively on a wide range of topics related to energy and minerals. His particular focus is on the international political economy of energy. He has published numerous articles with high profile journals which include New Political Economy, Business and Politics, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Survey, Journal of East Asian Studies, Resources Policy and Energy Policy. His most recent book examines Japan's energy security challenges after Fukushima.

In 2012, he was awarded a competitive Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award. Vlado has been cited in two submissions to the Australian Senate "inquiry into foreign investment by state-owned entities"; and a submission to the UK Parliament's Energy and Climate Change committee's "inquiry into UK deepwater drilling – implications of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill". In 2012, he was invited as a witness to the Australian House of Representatives, Standing Committee on Economics "inquiry into Australia's oil refinery industry". He was invited to participate in Asian Development Bank and World Bank workshops on energy related issues. Vlado has given over 50 lectures at various universities, which include delivery of a course on International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources at the University College London, School of Energy and Resources, Australia.


  • 2012–present
    ARC DECRA Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith Business School, Griffith University
  • 2010–2011
    Research Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith Business School, Griffith University
  • 2007–2010
    Research Fellow, Centre for International Risk, University of South Australia


  • 2008 
    Flinders University, Doctor of Philosophy (International Relations)
  • 2004 
    Australian National University, Master of Arts (International Relations)
  • 2003 
    National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Arts, Honours (History)
  • 2002 
    National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Arts (History, Political Science)


  • 2011
    'Oil Import Diversification in Northeast Asia: A Comparison between China and Japan', Journal of East Asian Studies, 11(2): 223-54.
  • 2011
    'International Oil Companies and Host States: A New Bargaining Model', Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence, 9(5): 1-35.
  • 2011
    'Bargaining Model for the International Oil Industry', Business and Politics, 13(4): 1-34.
  • 2011
    'Determinants of FDI in the Mining Sector in Asia: A Comparative Analysis between China and India', Resources Policy, 36(1): 49-59.
  • 2011
    'Japan’s Energy Security Predicament in the Aftermath of the Fukushima Disaster', Journal of Energy Security, 4(4): 1-8,
  • 2010
    'International Oil Companies, US Government and Energy Security Policy: An Interest-Based Analysis', International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 33(1/2): 73-88.
  • 2010
    'Evaluating Energy Security in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Novel Methodological Approach', Energy Policy, 38(9): 5258-63.
  • 2009
    'Resource Nationalism, Bargaining and Oil Companies: Challenges and Change in the New Millennium', New Political Economy, 14(4): 517-34.
  • 2009
    'Diversification of Oil Import Sources and Energy Security: A Key Strategy or an Elusive Objective?', Energy Policy, 37(11): 4615-23.
  • 2009
    'China Challenges Global Capitalism', The Australian Journal of International Affairs, 63(1): 22-40.
  • 2008
    The Return of the Obsolescing Bargain and the Decline of Big Oil, Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM.
  • 2008
    'Assessing the Performance of the Regulatory Regime Governing Mining Investment in the Philippines', Minerals & Energy - Raw Materials Report, 23(3): 127-43.
  • 2007
    'Anglo-American International Oil Companies and Iraq: ‘Promised Land’ or Reality Check?', The Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 24(1): 85-109.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    'The Politics of Megadeals in the Extractive Industries'
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • International Relations (160607)
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific (160606)
  • International Business (150308)