Clare Richardson-Barlow

Clare Richardson-Barlow


I am a PhD candidate in East Asian Studies and the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds.  My research examines the expansion of cross-border electricity trade in East Asia and prospects for regional energy market integration. My international political economy research is fully funded by the University of Leeds. 

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I worked for many years at policy research organizations in Washington, D.C., including the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). I am currently a non-resident fellow at NBR. Most recently I was Assistant Director for Trade, Economic & Energy Affairs at NBR, where I contributed to two book publications and multiple reports and articles written on energy and trade topics. I have managed a variety of conferences and international summits, led research and government affiliated trips throughout Asia, as well as directed policy programming and research development. I hold an MA in International Development and Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. I hold a BA in politics and government with a Chinese minor from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where I graduated cum laude. I have completed professional certificate programs at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Research interests

Economics, Energy & Trade Policy; International political economy in theory and practice; Variable renewable energy integration; ASEAN governance; East Asian economic development;

Research groups and institutes

  • East Asian Studies