Adrian's main research work lies in the fields of sustainable energy law, environmental law and property law. He has published extensively in these fields. He has held the position of Chair of the Working Group on Energy Law and Climate Change for the IUCN (World Conservation Union) and has worked on a number of UN projects relating to energy law. He is a Member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, the Journal of Renewable Energy Law and Policy and the Australian Property Law Journal.
Adrian is the recipient of several major Australian Research Council Discovery and other grants. He currently holds a grant (with Judith Gardam) on "Creating a Comprehensive International Law of Sustainable Energy: The Contribution of Law to Sustainable Development and Climate Change".