Nuclear energy and global governance

Projects on Nuclear Energy and Global Governance conducted in the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne.

New Survey of Nuclear Governance Organisations

As part of our research, our team is keeping an up to date list of Nuclear Governance Organisations since June 2017 to the present.

View the survey

Dr Trevor Findlay

Project Director

Dr Trevor Findlay is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is also chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters for 2017 and a member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN).

Professor Findlay’s varied career has encompassed the diplomatic service, academia, the non-governmental sector and international organisations. He was a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard University from 2011 to 2015 and remains an Associate there with the Project on Managing the Atom. From 2005 to 2015 he was a tenured professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and holder of the William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs. During that time he was also director of the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Dr Findlay has a BA Honours from the University of Melbourne in political science and a Masters and PhD in international relations from the Australian National University (ANU). He spent 13 years in the Australian Foreign Service, with postings to Tokyo, Mexico City and Geneva. Specialising in disarmament, he represented Australia at the Conference on Disarmament, the UN Disarmament Commission and the First Committee of the UN General Assembly. He was subsequently Acting Director of the Peace Research Centre at the ANU for two years; project leader on peacekeeping and regional security at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); and Executive Director of the London-based Verification Research Training & Information Centre (VERTIC) for 7 years.

Dr Findlay is widely published in the fields of nuclear disarmament and arms control, nuclear testing, nuclear safeguards, chemical and biological disarmament and peacekeeping. His current research focuses on nuclear governance, including nuclear security, nuclear safety and non-proliferation, both at the global level and in the Asia-Pacific region. His widely cited report, Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was published in 2012 by CIGI. Dr Findlay’s most recent book is Nuclear Energy and Global Governance: Ensuring Safety, Security and Nonproliferation (London: Routledge, 2011). His studies for Harvard include: Beyond Nuclear Summitry: The Role of the IAEA in Nuclear Security Diplomacy after 2016 (March 2014); Proliferation Alert! The IAEA and Non-Compliance Reporting (October 2015) and What Price Nuclear Governance? Funding the IAEA (March 2016). He is currently completing a three-year study on safeguards culture for Harvard and is writing a book on the IAEA and nuclear crises.


Recent op-eds and articles related to the book and project:

Online resources

For further information pertaining to nuclear energy, here are several online resources:


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Dr Trevor Findlay
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