Research

The following provides summaries of the research in progress by staff of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. The Institute’s unique multidisciplinary expertise allows it to examine the economics, the politics and the sociology of energy with a focus on oil and natural gas.

The specific subjects of research in progress, while set within these broad lines, necessarily reflects the particular research capacities, skills and interests of the research fellows.

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  • Electricity Transition and Market Design in the National Electricity Market

    By: Farhad Billimoria

    Australia’s National Electricity Market is an important global test case of the impacts of electricity transition on a large-scale liberalised energy-only market. The integration of variable and distributed energy resources has challenged existing market frameworks, and new approaches to the design and operation of the system are required. This stream of work will provide an […]

  • The politics of renewable investment in East Africa

    By: Emma Gordon

    Less than a quarter of the population in East Africa has access to electricity – the lowest electrification rates in the world. This, combined with the region’s vast natural resources, present major opportunities for renewable energy investors. Solar irradiation levels are high due to proximity to the equator, wind speeds are some of the strongest […]

  • Iraqi Oil: industry evolution, production dynamics and future competitiveness

    By: Ahmed Mehdi

    Iraq is expected to make one of the largest contributions to OPEC production growth out to 2020 (having already added 1.7-1.8m b/d from 2011-2016). IOC’s in Southern Iraq have been the major contributors of growth, having added 2.3-2.4m b/d since 2009 (with approximately 700,000 b/d offsetting declines). Despite Iraq’s prized position in having some of […]

  • Gulf NOC strategies in Asia

    By: Loftur Thorarinsson

    Confronted with slowing demand for crude oil, NOCs are increasingly diversifying from the upstream and investing in the downstream sector both in their home markets and in consuming countries to ensure market share. Already more than 75 percent of Gulf NOC oil exports are destined for Asian markets, and more than 70 percent of new […]

  • Oil and gas in a new Libyan era: conflict and continuity

    By: Richard Barltrop

    Libya has long been an idiosyncratic political and governance context for the oil and gas industry. Since independence in 1951 the country has passed through sharply contrasting periods of politics and governance, each of which has intentionally and unintentionally shaped the industry. In the latest period, since 2011, armed conflict and insecurity – rather than […]

  • Industrial Gas Use in Europe

    By: Anouk Honoré

    There has been much focus on the downward trend of total gas demand in Europe since the late 2000s and specifically in the power sector. In contrast, the industrial sector has received relatively little attention on a pan-European basis. The main unknown is whether the downward trend seen since the early 2000s, and especially post-financial […]

  • Marginal Efficiency Effect of Environmental Variables: The Case of the Norwegian Electricity Distribution Networks

    By: Rahmat Poudineh , Anupama Sen

    Efficiency analysis lies at the heart of incentive-based regulation of electricity distribution networks. Most regulatory authorities have graduated from using exclusively ex ante (rate of return based) reviews of firms’ expenditures to relying also on ex post assessments of their costs – the latter are underpinned by benchmarking techniques (Poudineh and Jamasb, 2014). However, an […]

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