Dr Xuanli Liao is a Lecturer in international relations and energy security at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP). She by training is a specialist on international relations and China's foreign policy decision-making.
Previous to her joining the CEPMLP in 2001, Dr Liao worked as Teaching Assistant and Lecturer at the History Department and the Institute of International Relations of Peking University, China, between 1986 and 1991. She also worked as a Research Associate of the CEPMLP between 2000 and 2001, on a joint research project regarding "Strategic Implications of China's Energy Needs", together with Dr Philip Andrews-Speed and Dr Roland Dannreuther. The research has been published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies as an Adelphi Paper in 2002.
Dr Liao's current research interests include Chinese think tanks and China's foreign policy decision-making, energy security and China's international energy policy analysis, Sino-Japanese political/energy relations, and, energy and geopolitics in East Asia. She also consults governments, think tanks, international petroleum companies and international organization on issues related to energy security, China's energy-led foreign policy, and East Asian energy and international relations.