John Mitchell

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John Mitchell is an associate research fellow at Chatham House and honorary fellow at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. In November 2007, he received a lifetime achievement award for research from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah at the opening of the 3rd OPEC Summit in Riyadh. He retired in 1993 from British Petroleum, where he held roles including: special adviser to the managing directors, co-ordinator for BP’s subsidiaries in the western hemisphere, and head of BP’s Policy Review Unit. In 1976–77, he was an academic visitor in the Department of Economics at the University of Cambridge. Mitchell is the author of numerous reports and briefing papers, including: ‘Structural Crisis in the Oil and Gas Industry’ (Energy Policy, January 2014), ‘Asia’s Oil Supply: Risks and Pragmatic Remedies’ (Chatham House, 2014), ‘US Energy: the New Reality’ (Chatham House, 2013), and ‘What Next for the Oil and Gas Industry’, with Valérie Marcel and Beth Mitchell (Chatham House, 2012). He has written three books: The New Economy of Oil (Earthscan/Chatham House, 2001); The New Geopolitics of Energy (Chatham House, 1996); and, as editor, Companies in a World of Conflict (Earthscan/Chatham House, 1998). He was a contributor to States and Markets in Hydrocarbon Sectors by Andrei Beyli (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Oil Titans by Valérie Marcel (Brookings/Chatham House, 2006) and Oil and Gas Mismatches: finance, investment, and climate policy with Valerie Marcel and Beth Mitchell (Chatham house 2015).

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