Energy Transition Research Initiative

New OIES Podcast – The Outlook for Nuclear Energy and Small Modular Reactors

Gas Research Programme

New OIES Comment – Follow the Money: Understanding Russia’s oil and gas revenues

Electricity Research Programme

New OIES Research Paper – Ensuring low-cost generation and resource adequacy: the case of Pakistan’s new competitive trading bilateral contract market (CTBCM) model

Oil Research Programme

New OIES Energy Comment – Energy Quantamentals: Who is Who in Financial Barrels?

China Energy Research Programme

New OIES Research Paper – Prospects of the Chinese coal chemical industry

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

With droughts restricting shipping via the Panama Canal since mid-2023, the attacks on vessels in the Red Sea have caused a complete cession in LNG shipping between Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal. This disruption primarily affects LNG supply from the United States, Qatar, Russia, and North Africa. While some cargoes are being diverted to alternative markets, other cargoes...

Latest Energy Insights

With the lithium-ion battery sector this year entering the terawatt era (Twh) – driven by demand from the Electric Vehicle (EV) and Battery Energy Storage Sector (BESS) – there remains little doubt over lithium’s central importance to the energy transition. While there has been no shortage of analyses examining the challenges of scaling lithium supply to meet long-term net-zero targets,...

Latest Energy Comments

Revenues from Russia’s oil and gas industry account for between 30 to 50 per cent of total federal budget revenues over the past decade, making them the most important single source of cash for the Kremlin. The Russian oil and gas sector contributes about 20 per cent of the country’s GDP on average, with wide fluctuations due to global price...

Latest Oxford Energy Forum

Following the Russia-Ukraine war, the issue of energy security has once again surged to the forefront of global discussions. The disruption and threats to global energy security caused by the war have starkly exposed the vulnerability of energy supply chains, accentuating the pressing need for robust and secure energy sources. In this context, different countries, notably in the European Union,...

Latest Podcasts

In this latest OIES podcast, from the Energy Transition Programme, James Henderson talks to Adnan Shihab-Eldin about the future of nuclear energy and the role that small modular reactors can play. The conclusions of COP28 were relatively positive of nuclear energy, including it as a key component of the energy transition for the first time, but despite this the high...

Latest Oil Monthly

The new issue of OIES Oil Monthly, introducing our first oil market outlook for 2025, is now available. - Our Brent price forecast stands at $82.1/b in 2024, from $82.6/b in 2023, falling to $79.1/b in 2025. We continue to forecast a balanced market this year prompting us to maintain our Brent price forecast unchanged at $82.1/b, tracking within the...

Latest Quarterly Gas Review

In this fourth edition of the Gas Quarterly for 2023 we once again review the series of signposts that we outlined as key indicators of the global gas market during the year and also draw some conclusions about the outlook for prices and the supply-demand balance. In the first half of Q3, a number of bearish factors brought European benchmark...

OIES Energy Transition Event 2024

In June 2024 OIES will hold it's 3rd Energy Transition Event over 2 days.

The event will cover the following issues:

3 June

• Green Industrial Policy and the Geopolitics of the Transition.
• What is next for Battery Supply Chains?
• Inflation, Macroeconomics and Financing Renewables.
• Carbon Offsetting, Removals and Net Zero Targets.

4 June

• Navigating Challenges and Seizing Opportunities in Offshore Wind.
• Grids and Clean Energy Transitions.
• Energy Storage’s Crucial Role in a Sustainable Future.

To register your interest, and receive more information, please contact
Kate Teasdale

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