Oil & the Middle East Programme

The Oil and the Middle East Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was established in 2009. It is dedicated to the advanced study of modern-day oil markets and of the economics of natural resource wealth. With historical focus on the resource-rich economies of the Middle East, the Programme also focuses on major non-OPEC producing regions such as Russia, and emerging energy markets such as China and India.

The programme’s research activities centre around its three main thematic branches:

  • Oil markets and their financialisation

The key area of the programme’s research concentrates on global oil market dynamics, such as oil price behaviour, benchmark developments, fundamentals research, the impact of unconventional energy sources and of biofuels on oil market dynamics, producer-consumer relations, and oil market financialisation hypotheses.

  • The economics of resource-rich economies and the Middle East

The programme’s second key area of research concentrates on the management of natural resource wealth within resource-rich economies, including resource-based development strategies and economic growth, ways of distributing natural resource rents, and domestic demand growth challenges.

  • Development of emerging energy markets

In response to the rapid rise in energy consumption outside traditional OECD energy consumers, the Oil and the Middle East Programme analyses demand and supply patterns in emerging energy markets, including Russia, India, China, Latin America and Africa.

Research is disseminated via a dedicated research paper series, short energy comments and contributions to academic journals and specialised publications, in addition to a book series published by Oxford University Press. Members of programme staff have also been involved in  a range of international publications, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Energy Forum (IEF). The Programme’s research group is composed of core staff, and draws on a network of external contributors from a wide range of disciplinary and industrial backgrounds.


Latest from the Oil & Middle East Programme

Price Reform in Kuwait’s Electricity and Water Sector – Assessing the Net Benefits in the Presence of Congestion

Published: 2nd April 2014 | By: , Lavan Mahadeva

Kuwait’s domestic electricity and water sector has been in disarray for several years, struggling with fast-rising demand for several decades as a result of rapid industrialization, population growth, rising living standards as well as due to the artificially low utility prices set by the government. We use a model-based methodology to compare the current pricing [...]

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The Arab Uprisings and MENA Political Instability – Implications for Oil & Gas Markets

Published: 17th March 2014 | By: , Richard Mallinson, Bassam Fattouh

The political turmoil that has swept across many parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since the beginning of the Arab Spring in December 2010 and the tightening of international sanctions against Iran in 2012 have reignited the recurring debate about energy security and the reliability of MENA as an energy supplier. In [...]

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Ethanol and oil firms – the beginning of a new role for alternative fuels?

Published: 24th February 2014 | By:

Firms are facing increasingly stringent environmental quality specifications for their products, including an increase of biofuel mandates, as a means of reducing emissions of CO2 and air pollutants. These environmentally related ‘new conditions’ affect oil firms’ fuel production, prompting them, in particular, to integrate biofuels into their operations and, at least in certain cases, to [...]

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