Fireside Chat with Emma Aisbett

Speaker Bio

Emma Aisbett is an Associate Professor at the ANU School of Law and Associate Director (Research) for the Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific Grand Challenge at the Australian National University. Emma has degrees in Chemical Engineering (UNSW), Environmental Management (Oxford) and Economics (UC Berkeley). She combines her interdisciplinary understanding with extensive government and industry engagement to develop solutions to problems at the intersection of international economic regulation and the environment. In addition to publishing in leading journals in economics, political science, law and engineering, Emma provides expertise to Australian Government and industry, and to international organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD and UNCTAD. She is one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary scholars on international investment agreements, with over 600 citations to publications in leading law, political science and economics journals. She was recently awarded the 2021 JIEL John H Jackson Prize for most significantly breaking new ground and adding new insights to the study & understanding of International Economic Law. Her current research focuses on Trade & Investment-Related Climate Policies, and their intersection with Green Industrial Policy. She is currently leading the Australian side of the certification work in the Germany-Australia HySupply project, is Lead CI on an ARC Linkage Project on Public Embedded Emissions Accounting to Support Net Zero Trade, and is Theme Lead for Market Activation on the recently announced ARC Industrial Transition Research Hub on Carbon Utilisation and Recycling.



  • 12:00 - 12:05  Opening, HMI and Seed Grant update
  • 12:05 - 12:35 Fireside chat (i.e. interview)
  • 12:35 - 12:55 Q&A with Audience
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and “research speed networking”


Moderator: Lexing Xie, Professor Computer Science; Director, HMI

Registration essential (for having your lunch!), use this link


Fireside chat outline

  • How did you join the Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific Initiative (ZCEAP) ? 

  • As the Associate Director (Research) what ZCEAP outcome you are most proud of? 

  • What outcome or element of the research you personally lead within ZCEAP are you most proud of? 

  • What are some of the gaps that researchers in law, policy, and engineering had to bridge for working together? 

  • What advice do you have for working across disciplines? 

  • What advice do you have for PhD students and postdoc fellows trying to develop their careers “between the gaps” of well-recognised disciplines?  

Audience questions welcome! 

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