Oil & the Middle East Research Programme

The Oil and the Middle East Research Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was established in 2009. It is dedicated to the advanced study of contemporary oil markets, production, consumption and policy. With a historical focus on the resource-rich economies of the Middle East, research on the Programme has expanded to include major non-OPEC producing regions such as North America and Russia, and emerging energy markets such as China and India.

The programme’s research activities centre around its four main thematic branches:

Global Oil Market Dynamics

This research stream encompasses the study of oil price cycles, evolution of pricing benchmarks, behaviour of oil market participants, the impact of new supply sources on market dynamics, producer-consumer relations, and international oil and product trade flows.

Production

Research under this stream relates to the economic prospects for conventional and unconventional production in the world’s major producing economies as well as newly emerging provinces, and includes the Middle East, Africa, North America and Russia. It covers topics such as the evolution of fiscal regimes.

Consumption and the Development of Emerging Energy Markets

The programme’s third main research stream focuses on emerging centres of energy demand outside traditional OECD energy consumers. Research under this stream analyses demand and supply patterns in emerging energy markets, including Russia, India, China, Latin America and Africa.

Policy and the Economics of Resource Rich Economies

The fourth key area of research concentrates on the management of natural resource wealth within resource-rich economies, including resource-based development strategies and economic growth, distribution of natural resource rents, challenges related to domestic demand growth, diversification, and the deployment of renewables.

Research is disseminated via a dedicated research paper series, short energy comments and contributions to academic journals and specialised publications, in addition to a book series published by Oxford University Press. Members of programme staff have also been involved in a range of international collaborative publications, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Energy Forum (IEF). The Programme’s research group is composed of core staff, and draws on a network of external contributors from a wide range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds.

Contact Us
We are interested in hearing from students and researchers working on oil and the Middle East academically worldwide. For information about the programme and questions, please email; Bassam Fattouh

Latest Publications from the Oil & the Middle East Research Programme

Latest research from the Oil & the Middle East Research Programme

  • Murban: a benchmark for Middle East crude?

    The Middle East is one of the largest producers and exporters of crude oil globally. The majority of its oil flows east, into major refining centers located across China, India, Japan and a multitude of other Asian nations. The region’s plentiful and varied production of oil has historically been priced against two similar grades of […]

    By: Bassam Fattouh Ahmed Mehdi Eeesha Muneeb

  • Iraq’s role in global oil markets: an assessment

    Over the past decade Iraq has doubled its production capacity to 5m b/d, propelling the country to the status of OPEC’s second largest producer. The launch of a new crude grade – Basra Heavy – in 2015 and the expansion of southern export infrastructure has allowed southern exports to ramp up (with seaborne liftings currently […]

    By: Ahmed Mehdi

  • The viability of changing the energy mix in Kuwaiti electricity production: A fiscal assessment

    In an effort to increase oil export revenue and to meet local electricity demands, the Kuwaiti government is planning to replace the majority of crude and petroleum products with imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) in its power generation by 2030.  The basic motivation for this plan is that it will enable freeing crude and petroleum […]

    By: Manal Shehabi