My research focuses on global governance and human security, transnational environmental crime, regional environmental governance in Southeast Asia, environmental security, climate security and human security (with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific), including food security and climate migration. I also have research interests in the UN system, and in global ethics, particularly global environmental ethics. I teach graduate courses in global governance, non-traditional security and human security, and research methods and approaches in IR. Since June 2015 I have been the Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (acuns.org). I am a Senior Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance programme and convenor of the Green Economy Working group of the ESG Taskforce on Conceptual Foundations. I am one of two Vice Chairs for the Asia Pacific region of the International Studies Association (ISA), adjunct faculty in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at the McCormack Graduate School at U. Mass Boston and a member of the Consultative Committee for the Nansen Initiative. I am also an Associate of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; the Climate and Environmental Governance Network in the ANU School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy; and the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick. I have held appointments as visiting professor and visiting fellow at the University of Nottingham (as a Highfield Fellow), Balliol College Oxford, the LSE, the Free University of Amsterdam, Keele University and Sheffield University. I also spent two years at the University of Warwick as Director of Studies for the MA (International Relations) programme.
Lorraine currently teaches two courses at Masters level: Approaches and Methods in International Relations INTR8072, and Human Security INTR8073.
Board of Directors, Academic Council on the United Nations System; International Advisory Group, IHDP Global Environmental Change and Human Health Initiative; International Advisory Group, One World Trust; Member, Internal Governance Board, ANU Climate Change Institute; Australian National Committee, Council for Security Cooperation Asia Pacific (CSCAP); Executive Committee, Environmental Studies Section, International Studies Association; Editorial boards for Global Environmental Politics, and Global Change, Peace and Security; formerly Reader in International Relations and Programme Director for the MA in International Relations, University of Warwick; Awards and visiting appointments include: Exchange Fellowship, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Australian Academy of Social Sciences (2007); Visiting Research Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford (2002); Visiting Fellow, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics (2001); Research grants: Japan Foundation (2009); International Centre of Excellence in Asia Pacific Studies (2007); United States Institute of Peace (2002); Australasian Political Studies Association L F Crisp Medal for originality and intellectual contribution (1997).
The Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project investigates emerging trends in transnational environmental crime and examines the conditions for successful regulatory and enforcement responses.