Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Katherine Morton

Contact information

+44 (0)114 2228418


Katherine Morton is a specialist on China and international relations with a particular focus on transnational security, global governance, environment and climate change, and international norms. 

Her research addresses China’s role in responding to global challenges such as environmental degradation, food security, transboundary water or internal conflicts that require new institutional mechanisms, forms of governance, and collective norms to regulate behaviour.

Other research projects include work on East Asia security relations, China’s Western frontier, maritime security in the East and South China seas, and China’s new silk roads.

Professor Morton has held visiting fellowships to Columbia University, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Peking University, China Foreign Affairs University, and senior associate memberships to St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

She is a regular participant in Track II security dialogues and policy briefings on the Asia Pacific. 

Areas of expertise

  • China’s international relations
  • Global governance
  • Transnational security
  • Environment and climate change
  • Maritime governance

Past experience

2015Chair and Professor China’s International Relations, University of Sheffield
2011-13Associate Dean for Research, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
2005-11Fellow, Department of International Relations, The Australian National University