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 and sociology, international relations of gas-producing, consuming and transit countries, as well as the increasing impact of environmental issues.

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.

From 2011 to 2016 several Programme researchers were involved in the work of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council, established under the auspices of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue: Jonathan Stern as the EU Co-Speaker, Ralf Dickel and Katja Yafimava as Experts for the EU. EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council.

We are interested in hearing from students and researchers working on social science aspects of natural gas in an academic environment worldwide. You can write to Michal Meidan or Anouk Honoré.


Latest Publications from the Gas Research Programme

  • Europe’s Infrastructure and Supply Crisis

    Low, or no, Russia pipeline flows to the EU are precipitating an infrastructure and supply crisis. The impact is not Europe wide on flows, with potentially the five most impacted countries being Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary, being totally dependent on pipeline imports from Norway and connections to Belgium and the Netherlands – […]

    By: Mike Fulwood

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  • OIES Podcast Series: Impact of Russia-Ukraine War on Energy Markets Series – 19

    In this latest OIES podcast James Henderson talks to Mike Fulwood, Jack Sharples and Jonathan Stern about the current state of gas supply in Europe and about the reaction of the EU and some European countries to the current high prices as we head towards winter. We review the current flows of pipeline gas into […]

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  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions from LNG Trade: from carbon neutral to GHG-verified

    Carbon-neutral LNG has become progressively limited to a relatively small number of trades in Asia and cannot be considered a credible or relevant environmental standard. Cargos should be `greenhouse gas verified’ and should set out the methodologies used to measure, report, and verify emissions. These methodologies should distinguish between assumptions and models for estimating emissions, […]

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Latest Ongoing Research from the Gas Research Programme

  • Gas pipeline flows and utilisation rates in Europe

    As European imports of Russian gas have reached historical highs since 2016, it has become increasingly important to consider the routes by which that gas is delivered, the extent to which those routes are fully utilised, and the related question of how much spare capacity remains in the system, particularly at times of peak flows. […]

    By: Jack Sharples

  • Outlook for the Global Gas Balance

    The global gas balance is continuously shifting, as demand fluctuates, and new LNG export and import terminals are brought online. Using the OIES Global Gas Model, this research tracks developments in the supply-demand balance, including both ongoing trends in demand relative to the existing supply infrastructure, and likely future developments in terms of both predicted […]

    By: Mike Fulwood Jack Sharples


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
Macquarie Group
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (Norway)
Mitsubishi Corporation, London Branch
Mozambique LNG
National Grid
Osaka Gas
Pavilion Energy
Reventus Power Ltd
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 Michal Meidan, Anouk Honore 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:

The EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council

Gas Research Programme Involvement in the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council

From 2011 to 2016 several Gas Research Programme researchers were involved in the work of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council, established under the auspices of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue: Jonathan Stern as the EU Co-Speaker, Ralf Dickel and Katja Yafimava as Experts for the EU. More information about the GAC, including official documents, is available on the European Commission website.

Presentations made within each of the three GAC Work Streams – Gas sector, including EU Roadmap 2050 and scenarios, EU internal gas market issues, and infrastructure issues – can be found at on the page take the following steps: Browse categories/European Commission/Energy/EU-Russian Gas Advisory Council/Library – then browse spaces and content).