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. at Flinders University.

Vlado has an extensive publication record on a wide range of salient issues in the extractive industries, which includes two single-authored books, five book chapters and 19 journal articles. 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, Resources Policy and Energy Policy. Vlado's most recent book examines Japan's energy security challenges after Fukushima. His work has been cited in 152 peer-reviewed journals and 69 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 at high profile 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. 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 also invited to participate in Asian Development Bank and World Bank workshops on energy related issues. His work 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, Energy and Climate Change committee's "Inquiry into UK Deepwater Drilling – Implications of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill". Vlado's work was also cited in a U.S. Government Accountability Office report, entitled “Strictly Business? An Examination of China’s Natural-Resource Acquisition Strategy in Latin America”, and the Asian Development Bank, Economics Working Paper entitled "Energy Security, Sustainability, and Affordability in Asia and the Pacific".

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 24, ABC News Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC NSW, ABC Rural, SBS, Channel Ten (The Project), The Australian, Courier Mail, 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 and East Asia Forum. 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 was invited to contribute 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). 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.

  • 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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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor