Projects on Nuclear Energy and Global Governance conducted in the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
Cultivating Better Asia-Pacific Nuclear Governance
Nuclear governance in the Asia-Pacific region is currently ad hoc, patchy and largely uncoordinated. This project aims on assessing, understanding, and gauging the future direction of this governance.
Nuclear Security: Ensuring an Effective Role for the IAEA After 2016
This project involves research and nuclear security community engagement designed to focus on ensuring that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in the post-nuclear summit era, makes an effective contribution to advancing and sustaining nuclear security.
IAEA Verification of the Iran Nuclear Agreement
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) brings significant uncertainty to the future of the agreement. The project focuses on the role of the IAEA in monitoring and verification of the Iran nuclear deal until and after the U.S. withdrawal, seeking to draw lessons that can strengthen future similar endeavours.
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.
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:
- “The Risk of Australia Reconsidering the Iran Nuclear Deal,” Trevor Findlay, University of Melbourne
- “‘Risky’ lack of nuclear governance in the Asia Pacific,” Interview of Trevor Findlay, Conducted by By Andrew Trounson and Ben Rodin, University of Melbourne
- “The Asia-Pacific Nuclear Governance Architecture Part I: Assessing the Need,” Trevor Findlay, APLN, June 20, 2017
- “The Asia-Pacific Nuclear Governance Architecture Part II: Shaping Regional Governance to Meet Regional Needs,” Trevor Findlay, APLN, June 27, 2017
- “Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA,” Trevor Findlay, CIGI, August 24, 2012
- “Nuclear Energy and Global Governance: Ensuring Safety, Security and Non-proliferation,” Trevor Findlay, Routledge, 2010
For further information pertaining to nuclear energy, here are several online resources:
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA)
- United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
- Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN)
- U.S. Office of Nuclear Energy
- World Nuclear Association (WNA)
- Harvard’s Managing the Atom Project
- Research Assistant, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne
- Zhongzhou Peng