Tara Laan is an Associate for the Global Subsidies Initiative, an IISD program that reveals how transfers of public money to private interests can undermine sustainable development. Before joining GSI, Tara held several positions in the Australian Government, including senior adviser for trade policy in the prime minister’s department and adviser on natural resource management and environmental conservation issues. Tara also led a team on education policy in the premier’s department in the Australian state of Victoria.

Tara's research for her Bachelor degree demonstrated that European Honey Bees—an introduced species in Australia—were ineffective pollinators of a native Australian plant and were out-competing native pollinators.



  • Bachelor of Science – Botany and Zoology: University of Adelaide.
A Guidebook to Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform for Policy-Makers in Southeast Asia
Paper: Christopher Beaton, Ivetta Gerasimchuk, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Damon Vis-Dunbar, Peter Wooders (May 30, 2013)
Biofuels—At What Cost? A review of costs and benefits of EU biofuel policies
Paper: Chris Charles, Ivetta Gerasimchuk, Richard Bridle, Tom Moerenhout, Elisa Asmelash, Tara Laan (April 16, 2013)
A Citizens' Guide to Energy Subsidies in Thailand
Paper: Tara Laan (April 15, 2013)
Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies to Reduce Waste and Limit CO2 Emissions while Protecting the Poor
Paper: Alex Chandra, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Tilmann Liebert, Peter Wooders (November 6, 2012)
A Citizen's Guide to Energy Subsidies in Indonesia
Paper: Fabby Tumiwa, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Damon Vis-Dunbar (June 30, 2011)
Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication - Enabling Conditions Supporting the Transition to a Global Green Economy
Book: Peter Wooders, Mark Halle, Christopher Beaton, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Aaron Cosbey, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Oshani Perera, David Sawyer, Yasser Sherif (Environics Consulting Firm) (April 5, 2011)
Strategies for Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies: Practical lessons from Ghana, France and Senegal
Paper: Tara Laan, Christopher Beaton, Bertille Presta (May 3, 2010)
Biofuels - At What Cost? Government support for ethanol and biodiesel in Canada
Paper: Tara Laan, Todd Alexander Litman, Ron Steenblik (April 27, 2009)
Biofuels At What Cost? Government support for ethanol and biodiesel in Indonesia
Paper: Harbrinderjit Singh Dillon, Tara Laan, Harya Setyaka Dillon (January 21, 2009)
Biofuels - At What Cost? Government support for biodiesel in Malaysia
Paper: Gregore Pio Lopez, Tara Laan (September 29, 2008)