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Durham Energy Institute

Geopolitics, governance and policy

Researchers at DEI are undertaking research into various facets of the geopolitics of energy, investigating the processes through which energy governance is being conducted at a variety of scales and how global political relationships influence the production, distribution, supply and pricing of energy. 

Relationships between Governments at an international scale, as well as relations between governments and their populace locally, determining the availability and costs of energy as well as the security and the resilience of energy systems.

Geo-political factors can shape the global energy landscape in a variety of ways by determining factors such as:

  • The location and accessibility of energy resources;
  • The energy generation or extraction technology available to different countries;
  • The price of energy resources;
  • How countries respond to climate change; and
  • Transitions to low-carbon energy systems.

Current research projects within this theme are listed below.

Transnational Climate Change Governance

Examining the significance and implications of transnational arrangements for climate change governance by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with expertise in transnational relations, global governance and climate change. Developing a systematic framework for considering the emergence and potential of transnational climate change governance.

The Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Examining how, why and to what extent China, Brazil and India are enabling the transition to low carbon energy systems in South Africa and Mozambique.

International Network on Urban Low Carbon Transitions

The network focuses on the research and policy issues involved in comparing and researching the broader dynamics and implications of low carbon urbanism. It is formed by leading scholars working on the city and climate change interface in the United Kingdom, Australia, China, India, South Africa and the US.

Urban Transitions: Climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical systems

This project analyses how cities are addressing climate change through their energy and housing systems, and the social and technical factors that are shaping the possibilities for urban transitions in the face of a changing climate.

Key People

Dr Christopher Davidson (SGIA) - Middle East Politics, the Gulf Monarchies and Oil.

Prof Gavin Bridge (Geography) - Geographies of energy transition, politics of resource control and use.

Prof Harriet Bulkeley (Geography) - Transnational Climate Change Governance.

Dr Ben Campbell - Low carbon energy transitions, Biomass to Biogas transition among indigenous communities of Nepal; New Directions in UK Sustainable Food Cultures; Social Science of Energy, Environment and Food.

Prof Ray Hudson - Relationships between economy and environment and processes of material transformation and value creation.

Prof Tooraj Jamasb (Business studies) - Energy sector reform and market liberalisation, global energy policy and energy demand.

Ms Mari Luomi - Greening for self-conservation? The Small Gulf Monarchies' Energy Security and Climate Change Attitudes (Supervisors: Dr Christopher Davidson and Professor Anoush Ehteshami).

Prof Marcus Power (Geography) - Geo-politics and ‘post-colonial’ geographies in Lusophone African post-colonial states & The Rising Powers, Clean Energy and the Low Carbon Transition in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof Rodney Wilson (retired) - The political economy of oil and gas and Islamic Economics and Finance.