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 Bill Farren-Price.

Latest Publications from the Gas Research Programme

Latest Ongoing Research from the Gas Research Programme


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:

Cheniere Energy
Conrad Energy
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, UK (DESNZ)
Grain LNG
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Mitsubishi Corporation, London Branch
National Grid
Osaka Gas
Pavilion Energy
Reventus Power Ltd
RWE Supply & Trading Management (RWEST)
SEFE Marketing & Trading
Seplat Energy
Swedish Energy Agency
Tellurian Inc
Tokyo Gas
Total Energies Singapore
Uniper Global Commodities SE

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 Bill Farren-Price 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

The staff of the gas research programme have links with the following: