Elham Hassanzadeh joined the institute in 2012 as a research fellow and became a visiting fellow in 2014. Her research has focused on the energy market of Middle East with a particular focus on the Iranian oil and gas market. She has several publications on the energy market reform and upstream oil and gas development, including a book on Iran’s natural gas industry published by Oxford University Press. Elham is the founder and managing director of Energy Pioneers, an advisory firm focusing on Iran’s energy sector investment and development. She is also a qualified barrister at the Iranian Central Bar Association, a visiting fellow at the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and a political economy advisor to the World Bank on Middle East energy market reforms.
She holds an LLM in international commercial law from the University of Cambridge (where she was a Shell Centenary Scholar) and a PhD in oil and gas law and policy studies from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee.
There is limited scope for significantly reducing overall European dependence on Russian gas before the mid-2020s. Countries in the Baltic region and south eastern Europe which are highly dependent on Russian gas, and hence extremely vulnerable to interruptions, could substantially reduce and even eliminate imports of Russian gas by the early 2020s, by a combination […]
This working paper will analytically review the terms and structure of Iran’s newly developed petroleum contracts, namely IPCs. It begins with explaining the political economy context within which the previous investment contracts (known as ‘buybacks’) were developed and tries to shed some light on the unknown aspects of buybacks when they were introduced in mid […]
This book critically examines exports of Iranian natural gas to regional and international markets. Owning the world’s largest proven natural gas reserves, Iran can potentially be considered a major gas exporter. Yet, stringent international sanctions, coupled with domestic politicisation of the industry and lack of an ‘attractive’ investment framework, have made Iran unable to capitalise […]