Dr. Clare Richardson-Barlow

Dr. Clare Richardson-Barlow


Clare Richardson-Barlow is a Research Fellow in the School of Chemical & Process Engineering where she examines industrial decarbonisation from a political economy perspecive. Clare is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research and teaching explores energy policy, political economy and energy governance throughout East Asia. Clare has over 10 years experience researching and working as a political economist with a focus on energy transitions and climate compatible development in East Asia, Europe and North America. 

Prior to joining the Unviersity of Leeds Clare worked for many years at internationally-focused policy research organisations in Washington, D.C., including the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). She currently serves as a Non-Resident Fellow for NBR where she provides expertise related to energy policy, energy transitions, and the political economy of decarbonisation in Northeast and Southeast Asia. Clare seeks to cross the academic-policy divide by providing action-oriented expertise with real-world applications, developed in tandem with international partners. Clare frequently works with international research organisation to provides expertise at the intersection of climate, development, and energy policy. She is experienced in stakeholder engagement across academic, business, community, and policy networks. 

Clare’s PhD research at the University of Leeds examined the international political economy of energy market integration in East Asia with a focus on cross-border electricity trade among ASEAN member states. 


Research interests

Energy policy; energy transitions in emerging markets; energy & climate policy in East Asia; sustainable development; whole system change; the intersection of national, regional and global climate & energy policy; 

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  • PhD, East Asian Studies & Sustainability Research, University of Leeds
  • MA, International Development & Public Policy, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)
  • BA, Politics-Government, Chinese Language, Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR, USA)

Professional memberships

  • UK Higher Education Academy

Student education

Clare is an experienced instructor recognised by the Higher Education Academy as an Associate Fellow in line with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education. 

Clare is a tutor in East Asian studies in the School of Languages, Cultures & Societies at the University of Leeds where she teach political economy in East Asia and Southeast Asia. She approaches teaching in international political economy as a chance for students to learn about East Asia from a regional and global context. Clare tries to incorporate development economics and sustainability research into all her courses. 

She also supervises undergraduate final year projects in East Asian Studies. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy Leeds