The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was founded in 1982 as an autonomous centre for advanced research into the social science areas of energy issues. The Institute is committed to the idea of dialogue ā€“ between consumers and producers, government and industry and academics and decision makers. This is reflected in the membership of the Institute and in the composition of its research team, which is drawn from different national, academic and professional backgrounds. Our aim is that co-operation between researchers from these varied backgrounds, will lead to a more informed and balanced understanding of the behaviour, motivations and objectives of the various economic forces, agents and policy makers that operate in or influence the performance of international energy markets.

Research carried out at the Institute is designed to encompass the following:

  • the economics of petroleum, gas, coal, nuclear power, solar and renewable energy;
  • the politics and sociology of energy;
  • the international relations of oil-producing and oil-consuming nations;
  • the economic development of oil-producing countries and the energy problems of other
  • developing countries; and
  • the economics and politics of the environment in its relationship with energy.


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