Dr Vlado Vivoda

Research Fellow

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Sustainable Minerals Institute
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Dr Vlado Vivoda is Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, at the University of Queensland. Prior to moving to UQ, Vlado held research positions at the University of South Australia and Griffith University. He holds a B.A. (Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and an M.A. (International Relations) from the Australian National University. In 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in International Relations at Flinders University.

Vlado has an extensive publication record on a wide range of salient issues in the extractive industries, which includes 2 single-authored books, 12 book chapters, 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous commissioned reports. The focus of his research is on policy and international political economy of energy and minerals. His work has been published in numerous high profile journals, including New Political Economy, Business and Politics, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Survey, Journal of East Asian Studies, Transnational Corporations, Extractive Industries and Society, Resources Policy and Energy Policy. Vlado's most recent book, published by Routledge, examines Japan's energy security challenges after Fukushima. His work has been cited in 175 peer-reviewed journals and 93 books published by Routledge, PennWell and some of the leading university presses, such as Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, New York, Columbia and Georgetown. He has reviewed papers for prestigious journals, including American Political Science Review, Review of International Political Economy and Energy Economics. Vlado sits on the Editorial Board of Energy Research & Social Science, Energy Strategy Reviews and Society & Natural Resources.

Vlado has given over one-hundred lectures and seminars at various universities and international symposia and conferences. These include delivery of a postgraduate course on International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources at the University College London, School of Energy and Resources, and a masterclass on country risk at the Asia Mining Congress. In 2012, he was awarded a competitive three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award, valued at $375,000.

Research Impacts

Dr Vivoda's research has had a significant impact beyond academia. In July 2017, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) published his report entitled "Australia and Germany: A New Strategic Energy Partnership". He has been invited as a witness to the Australian House of Representatives, Standing Committee on Economics "Inquiry into Australia's Oil Refinery Industry". He has also been invited to participate in Asian Development Bank and The World Bank workshops on energy related issues. Vlado is also a regular media commentator (TV, radio, newspapers and online) on issues related to energy, both in Australia and internationally. In Australia, he has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, which include: ABC News, ABC News Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC NSW, ABC Rural, SBS, Channel Ten (The Project), The Australian, Courier Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, Triple J, The Wire, 6PR Perth, 2SER 107.3 and 4BC 1116 News Talk. He has contributed invited opinion pieces for The Drum, The Conversation, East Asia Forum and The Strategist. Internationally, he has been interviewed by Channel NewsAsia, TV Channel One Russia, BBC Radio, Deutsche Welle, China Daily, The Financial Times, Petroleum Economist and Christian Science Monitor. He has contributed invited opinion pieces for Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and World Politics Review.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University


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Book Chapter

  • Vivoda, Vlado (2017). Determinants of foreign direct investment in the mining industry. In Terry O'Callaghan and Geordan Graetz (Ed.), Mining in the Asia-Pacific: risks, challenges and opportunities (pp. 19-33) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-61395-6_2

  • Vivoda, Vlado (2017). Energy security issues in Asia. In Subhes C. Bhattacharyya (Ed.), Routledge handbook of energy in Asia (pp. 272-283) Abingdon: Routledge.

  • O'Callaghan, Terry and Vivoda, Vlado (2017). Investment decision-making tools for the mining, oil, gas, and infrastructure sectors. In Terry O'Callaghan and Geordan Graetz (Ed.), Mining in the Asia-Pacific: risks, challenges and opportunities (pp. 373-387) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-61395-6_21

  • Vivoda, Vlado and Graetz, Geordan (2017). Mergers and acquisitions: the politics of megadeals in the mining industry. In Terry O'Callaghan and Geordan Graetz (Ed.), Mining in the Asia-Pacific: risks, challenges and opportunities (pp. 121-138) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-61395-6_8

  • Vivoda, Vlado (2017). Natural gas. In Terry O'Callaghan and Geordan Graetz (Ed.), Mining in the Asia-Pacific: risks, challenges and opportunities (pp. 189-215) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-61395-6_12

  • O'Callaghan, Terry and Vivoda, Vlado (2017). Regulatory regimes, foreign mining investment and risk in the Asia-Pacific region: comparative evaluation and policy implications. In Terry O'Callaghan and Geordan Graetz (Ed.), Mining in the Asia-Pacific: risks, challenges and opportunities (pp. 35-48) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-61395-6_3

  • Vivoda, Vlado (2017). Sino-Japanese competition and energy security. In Jeffrey Reeves, Jeffrey Hornung and Kerry Lynn Nankivell (Ed.), Chinese-Japanese competition and the East Asian security complex: vying for influence (pp. 86-99) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315436333

  • Vivoda, Vlado (2016). Energy security in East Asia. In Ramon Pacheco Pardo and Jeffrey Reeves (Ed.), Non-traditional security in East Asia: a regime approach (pp. 143-166) London, United Kingdom: Imperial College Press. doi:10.1142/9781783267040_0008

  • Vivoda, Vlado (2016). Rise of state-firm bargaining in the 2000s. In Paul A. Haslam and Pablo Heidrich (Ed.), The political economy of natural resources and development: from neoliberalism to resource nationalism (pp. 53-69) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315687698

  • Maurin, Cristelle and Vivoda, Vlado (2016). Shale gas and the energy policy ‘Trilemma’. In Tina Hunter (Ed.), Handbook of shale gas law and policy (pp. 369-382) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Intersentia.

  • Vivoda, Vlado (2015). State-market interaction in hydrocarbon sector: the cases of Australia and Japan. In Andrei V. Belyi and Kim Talus (Ed.), States and markets in hydrocarbon sectors (pp. 240-264) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137434074.0019

  • O'Callaghan, Terry and Vivoda, Vlado (2013). How Global Companies Make National Regulations. In John Mikler (Ed.), The Handbook of Global Companies (pp. 155-172) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118326152.ch9

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