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 other forms of decarbonised gas such as hydrogen, biomethane and other forms of synthetic gas. Its work is based on the fundamental disciplines of the Institute: economics, politics, environmental and climate impacts, the energy transition, and international relations of gas-producing, consuming and transit countries.

The Programme takes an international perspective on the future of gaseous fuels, but also publishes work with a more regional and national focus. The Programme has produced major regional studies on gas and LNG in: Europe, Asia, CIS countries, the Middle East and North Africa. It has also produced a number of national studies, as well as work on Atlantic Basin LNG, gas pricing (in different parts of the world), market reform and regulatory issues.

Research is carried out by programme staff and commissioned from authors in a wide range of countries and from varied backgrounds: academic, industry and journalism. The Programme holds an annual Gas Day, at which topical events are debated by researchers and an invited audience.

The Programme has a Research Group comprising the sponsors of the Programme and independent experts from academia, industry and journalism. The Group meets twice a year to discuss proposed research projects, provide progress reports and debate topical issues, particularly new trends in supply and demand for gas in Europe and the Atlantic Basin.

We are interested in hearing from students and researchers working on social science aspects of gaseous fuels in an academic environment worldwide. You can write to James Henderson.

Latest Publications from the Gas Research Programme

  • OIES Podcast – The EU’s Joint Gas Purchasing Platform

    In this latest OIES podcast, brought to you by the Gas Programme, James Henderson talks to Manuel Calvo Diaz, the Head of Energy and Environment at the Naturgy Foundation, and Alex Barnes, a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at OIES. They discuss a recent paper written by Alex and supported by the Naturgy Foundation entitled “EU […]

    By: OIES

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  • OIES Podcast – Gas market update

    In this latest OIES podcast, recorded by the Gas Research Programme, James Henderson speaks to Mike Fulwood and Jack Sharples about the latest developments in the global gas market. Gas prices have rebounded slightly over the summer to reach $10+/mmbtu in Europe, and a number of new developments are changing the market dynamics. In Europe, […]

    By: OIES

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  • EU Joint Purchasing of Gas – an assessment

    In the wake of the gas crisis, in March 2022 the European Council called on the Council and the Commission to examine how ‘an aggregator model / single buyer’ could help reduce gas prices. The Council also said that Member States and the Commission would ‘work together on voluntary common purchase of gas, LNG and […]

    By: Alex Barnes

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We would like to acknowledge the kind support of our sponsors; without whom the research carried out by the Programme would not be possible.

The Gas Research Programme is sponsored equally by the following organisations:

Bakers Hughes
Cheniere Energy
Conrad Energy
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, UK (DESNZ)
Element Capital
Macquarie Group
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Mitsubishi Corporation, London Branch
Mozambique LNG
National Grid
Osaka Gas
Pavilion Energy
Reventus Power Ltd
SEFE Marketing & Trading
Seplat Energy
Sval Energi AS
Swedish Energy Agency
Tellurian Inc
Uniper Global Commodities SE
Wintershall Dea AG

Sponsors maintain an on-going dialogue with the staff including visits and presentations.

If your company or organisation would like to discuss any aspect of the Gas Programme further, please do not hesitate to contact James Henderson or Jo Ilott.

The contents of the Programme publications are the authors’ sole responsibility. They do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsors, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies or of any of its Members.


 Academic Affiliations

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