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Michelle Lyons


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Chell is a Sir Roland Wilson scholar in the READ department of the Crawford School of public policy. Her doctoral research examines the role of public financial institutions which leverage private finance in the transition to net zero emissions, with a particular focus on public green banks. She is also a Climate Change Research Fellow in the Lowy Institute’s Indo Pacific Development Centre. Her research focuses on the intersections between climate finance, geoeconomics and climate justice.

Prior to commencing her Sir Roland Wilson scholarship, Chell was seconded to the ANU as the inaugural JW Land Research Fellow on the Grand Challenge on Zero Carbon Energy in the Asia Pacific, where her research focused on multilateral efforts to accelerate cross-border electricity trade within ASEAN. She is currently on leave from the Australian government where she has previously worked on international climate change negotiations, (including for the UNFCCC, G20 and IMO), Australia’s emissions projections, and carbon price development.

In 2017 she was selected as an Emerging Leader in the EU-Australia Leadership dialogue. In 2015, she was part of the winning team in the cross-cultural business accelerator CAMP and was invited to participate in the Beijing government’s OTEC accelerator and the Australian Government’s CSIRO:On business incubator. Chell has a Masters degree in Public Policy and an Honours degree in Media and Communications, both from the University of New South Wales.

PhD programme


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Topic title

Banking on Paris: Public investment governance and evaluation in the transition to net zero emissions


Articles and reports

Lyons, M., White, L. V., 2023. How Green Banks can create multiple types of value in the transition to net zero emissions. Australian Journal of Public Administration

Alexandra, C., Lyons, M. and Waters K., 2023. “Caring for Carers – a student-led investigation to better support ANU HDR carers”, ANU Gender Institute.

White, L. V., Hughes, L., Lyons, C., Peng, Y., 2021. Iterating localisation policies in support of energy transition: The case of the Australian Capital Territory. Energy Policy 158, 112568.

Beck, F.J., Gourlay, D., Lyons, C., Venkataraman, M.B., “the Hydrogen Economy” in Baldwin, K., Howden, M., Smith, M., Hussey, K., & Dawson, P. (Eds.). (2021). Transitioning to a Prosperous, Resilient and Carbon-Free Economy: A Guide for Decision-Makers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316389553

Analysis and commentary

The Interpreter “A multilateral bank for the Indo-Pacific?” with Roland Rajah and Grace Stanhope, 14 March 2024

“Go big or go home: Australia should invest at scale in Southeast Asia’s energy transition” with Roland Rajah and Grace Stanhope, 15 February 2024

“Down or out: The future of fossil fuels at COP28” with Ryan Neelam, 12 December 2023

“Global Stocktake: Unlocking trillions for climate action” with Prof Frank Jotzo, 19 September 2023

“Climate justice: friendshoring, China’s supremacy and America’s IR Act”, 4 September 2023

“Setting the standard: An important step on the path to net zero emissions”, 14 July 2023

Nikkei Asia “Australia and Japan must recast their energy relationship” with Ryan Neelam, 26 December 2023

Canberra Times “Is this the end of fossil fuels’ age?” with Ryan Neelam, December 20 2023

Devpolicy “International shipping: a missed opportunity to reduce emissions”, 21 July 2023


Lowy Institute Development Futures: “Where to next on climate and development?” with Roland Rajah and Melanie Pill

Lowy Institute Development Futures: “David Victor on how to make climate policy work”

Selected Guest lectures/ Conferences/Workshops

ISAS Workshop, National University Singapore, “Civilian Technology Cooperation between the Quad and ASEAN: Climate Change opportunities and challenges”, January 2024 (invited speaker)

Indonesian Ministry of Finance 12th AIFED conference “Climate Change & Geo-economic Fragmentation”, December 2023 (invited speaker)

Irving Institute, Dartmouth University New Energy Series, “How Green Banks can create multiple types of value in the transition to net zero emissions”. Presentation of draft AJPA paper results, available here (invited speaker)

Scholarships and fellowships

2019 Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific Grand Challenge J W Land Fellowship

2021 Sir Roland Wilson PhD Scholarship

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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