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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  • Challenges in Economic Diversification in the MENA Countries

    By: Bassam Fattouh , Anupama Sen

    Economic diversification has been a continuous topic of debate in the MENA economies. However, of late a sense of urgency has arisen around it due to two factors; rapid structural changes in global oil markets and structural shifts in oil trade flows, and, assertions around ‘peak demand’ with the world on the brink of another […]

  • 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 […]

  • Saudi Arabia’s Energy Pricing Reform in a Changing Domestic and Global Context

    By: Bassam Fattouh

    It is often implied that economic adjustments and structural reforms are very difficult in the context of rentier economies. Yet recent experience shows that in response to the declines in oil price and uncertainties surrounding oil markets, GCC countries have been able to introduce some limited reforms with relative ease and, so far, without much […]

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