Malek Al-Chalabi

Visiting Research Fellow

Malek Al-Chalabi is an interdisciplinary energy practitioner. He is currently the Senior Carbon Pricing Policy and Advocacy Advisor at Shell and the co-chair of IETA International Working Group. He has held roles in Strategy, Health and Safety, and Operations and brings experience from Iraq, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Prior to working at Shell, Malek researched, taught, and published on energy transitions at the University of Oxford, where he also completed his doctorate (D.Phil). He is the author of the book The Road Not Taken? The Role of Behaviour in the Energy Transition : Introducing the Targeted and Tangential Framework for Energy Policy.

 

 

Areas of Expertise

Carbon Pricing; Article 6; Energy Transitions; Behavioral Change

Publications

Al-Chalabi, M. & Muslemani, H. 2023. How can carbon trading unlock carbon dioxide removals. Energy Comment, OIES. https://www.oxfordenergy.org/publications/how-carbon-trading-can-unlock-carbon-dioxide-removals/

Al-Chalabi, M., 2023. Targeted and Tangential Effects—A Novel Framework for Energy Research and Practitioners. Sustainability, 15(17), p.12864.

Al-Chalabi, M. and Banister, D., 2022. The Missing Link? Insights from an Innovative Feedback Exercise for Household Electricity and Travel Behaviour. Sustainability, 14(15), p.9115.

Al-Chalabi, M., Banister, D. and Brand, C., 2018. On target? Examining the effects of information displays on household energy and travel behaviour in Oxford, United Kingdom. Energy research & social science, 44, pp.278-290.

Al-Chalabi, M., 2017. On the Move—or Moving On? Reimagining the Future of Travel. In Building Sustainable Cities of the Future (pp. 57-74). Springer, Cham.

Al-Chalabi, M., 2015. Vertical farming: Skyscraper sustainability? Sustainable Cities and Society, 18, pp.74-77.

Contact

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