Clare Richardson-Barlow

Clare Richardson-Barlow


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

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Mrs. Richardson-Barlow 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). She is currently a non-resident fellow at NBR. Most recently she was Assistant Director for Trade, Economic & Energy Affairs at NBR, where she contributed to two book publications and multiple reports and articles written on energy and trade topics. She has 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. Mrs. Richardson-Barlow holds an MA in International Development and Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She holds a BA in politics and government with a Chinese minor from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she graduated cum laude. She has 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; Political economy dimensions of sustainability; Variable renewable energy integration; ASEAN governance; East Asian economic development; cross-border electricity trade;

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability