The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) was founded in 1982 as an independent centre for advanced research into the social science aspects of Intematlonal energy.
In addition to conducting leading-edge research on a Wide range of current energy questions, the Institute is committed to explaining these through dialogue — between consumers and producers, government and industry, and academics and decision makers. This is reflected In the membership of the Institute and in the diversity of its research team, drawn from different national, academic, and professional backgrounds. Our aim is that co-operation between researchers and Interaction with benefactors and external stakeholders will lead to a more Informed and balanced understanding of the behaviour, motivations, and objectives of the vanous economic forces, agents, and policy makers that operate in or influence the performance of International energy markets.
Research carried out at the OIES is designed to encompass the followmg disciplines:
- The economics of primary and secondary energy sources, Including petroleum, gas, coal,
electriclty, and renewable energy
- The economics of electricity market design and regulation of electricity networks
- The evolution of oil and gas price formation, market structures, and trading
the politics and social aspects of energy
- The International relations of oil and gas producing and consuming nations;
- The economic development of oil-producing countries and the energy problems of other
- The economics and politics of the environment in its relationship with energy.
As a general pollcy, the Institute concentrates on research m energy Issues of intemational significance.