Shashi van de Graaff is a PhD Candidate at the School of Political Science & International Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her thesis examines historical and contemporary developments in civil nuclear energy programmes, focusing specifically on the disjuncture between the rhetoric and reality of the "nuclear renaissance" in Western Europe and North America. Shashi's main research interests include energy policy, the environment and climate change. Shashi has published research in the areas of nuclear energy policy and development, corporate social responsibility, extractive resource development, and governance and disaster management. She has taught undergraduate classes on politics, policy and international relations at universities in Australia and the United Kingdom. Prior to commencing her doctoral study, Shashi worked at the University of Queensland's Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, working on research projects aiming to improve the social performance of the resources industry globally. Shashi is a Co-Convenor of the Political Studies Association Environmental Politics Specialist Group.