Energy Transition Research Initiative

New OIES Podcast – Hydrogen Financing

Gas Research Programme

New OIES Podcast – Gas Markets in South East Europe

Electricity Research Programme

New Research Paper – Key Themes for the Global Energy Economy in 2023

Oil Research Programme

New Research Paper – Key Themes for the Global Energy Economy in 2023

China Energy Research Programme

New Research Paper – Key Themes for the Global Energy Economy in 2023

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies is a world leading independent energy research institute specialising in advanced research into the economics and geopolitics of the energy transition and international energy across oil, gas and electricity markets

  • Energy Transition Research

    Energy Transition Research at OIES focuses on the trends shaping energy systems, transformations in behaviours and business models, and the implications of shifting from the existing hydrocarbon-dominated energy economy to a system in which renewables, low-carbon energy sources and abated use of hydrocarbons will play a much greater role.

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  • Gas Research Programme

    The Gas Programme, launched in 2003, has become one of the foremost sources of independent academic research on gaseous fuels and their role in the energy economy. The programme has historically focused on natural gas, and while this remains a core strength it is increasingly also turning its attention to...

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  • Electricity Research Programme

    The Electricity Research Programme focuses on fundamental issues including re-design of electricity markets to integrate zero marginal cost renewables, regulation of electricity networks to accommodate variable supply/demand and incentivizing efficient investment and identifying conditions for efficient growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), activating demand side flexibility and consumer participation in...

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  • Oil Research Programme

    The Oil Research Programme, established in 2009, has cemented its reputation as a leading source of academic research on oil market issues. The Programme’s research group continues to produce high-quality empirical oil market research of international significance based on its core understanding of oil market dynamics and price cycles, the...

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  • China Energy Research Programme

    Launched in 2019 the OIES China Energy Research Programme, is a center of analytical excellence offering insights into the factors that inform China’s energy policies and choices and their pivotal role in global energy markets. China is the world’s second largest economy, biggest importer of crude oil, the fastest growing...

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Latest Research Papers

In this latest edition of our Key Themes series we examine a number of topics which we believe will be highly relevant to the global energy economy in 2023. The past twelve months have seen a huge re-prioritisation of energy policy away from environmental issues and towards energy security and affordability. Many of the articles in this document question whether...

Latest Energy Insights

Germany has the largest industrial sector in the European Union, and the largest industrial gas consumption in Europe. It is by far the largest European importer of Russian gas, and the interruption of Russian deliveries has forced Germany to review its supply and demand outlook. Given that households and other smaller consumers are protected by European and German regulation, industrial...

Latest Energy Comments

In 2022, following the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the unfolding of the de-facto trade war between the EU and Russia, Gazprom’s gas exports to Europe contracted sharply, by a staggering 90 bcm in a single year, raising questions about the prospects for Russia’s ability to balance its gas output in the near term and the risks to its future production potential,...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

This issue of the Oxford Energy Forum (OEF) is dedicated to the future of energy networks in a decarbonised world. The net-zero carbon target will result in a significant change in energy systems with important implications for existing energy networks. Electricity networks are going to bear the brunt of energy sector transformation because of their role in the decarbonization of...

Latest Podcasts

In this latest OIES podcast the Gas Programme brings you a discussion of gas markets in South-East Europe and their efforts to diversify away from Russian gas. James Henderson talks to Julian Bowden about his latest paper on the topic, in which he outlines that although the region is relatively small in gas terms it nevertheless provides an interesting example...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, including our latest short-term oil market outlook to 2023, is now available. - The oil market outlook continues to be shaped by opposing factors. On the macro front, the growth prospects of the global economy continue to deteriorate and optimism that China will alter its zero-COVID policy and stimulate its economy proved to...

Latest Quarterly Gas Review

This edition of the Quarterly Gas Review focuses particularly on supply-side dynamics in Europe in recent months, including the decline in Russian pipeline supply, the rise in European LNG imports and sendout, and the record net storage injections. This supply-side analysis is complemented by an analysis of the global LNG market, from the perspective of supply available to Europe, and...

The Guide to Chinese Climate Policy 2022

China is the world’s leading emitter of heat-trapping gases by a wide margin. Its policies for limiting emissions will have a significant impact on the global climate for decades to come.

This Guide to Chinese Climate Policy provides information on China’s emissions, the impacts of climate change in China, the history of China’s climate change policies and China’s response to climate change today.

Visit the website to download the Guide

OIES Energy Transition Event

In June 2023 OIES will hold it's 2nd Energy Transition Event over 2 days. This year's event will focus on 7 themes:

• The role of electricity markets in the transition and how the current energy crisis has opened a debate about market design.

• The role of energy networks in the transition.

• The role of energy storage in the decarbonization of the energy sector.

• The role of consumers in the energy transition and alignment of consumers’ choices with net-zero carbon emission objectives.

• The role of geopolitics and its implications for energy transition.

• The role of carbon markets in achieving net-zero objectives.

• Scaling up financing for climate action and mitigation technologies.

If you would like some more information please contact
Kate Teasdale