Event: Global energy challenges: oil prices, climate change and rising powers

19 October 2016, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
UG05, University of Westminster Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW

The panel discussion is an introduction to some of the issues examined in the University of Westminster’s new interdisciplinary MA programme, Energy and Environmental Change, which PSI is contributing to.

THE DEBATE

Since the 2000s, the global energy landscape that took shape in the last two decades of the twentieth century has been altered due to major geopolitical and geoeconomical shifts, growing climate change concerns, the rise of new players in the energy sector and technological breakthroughs. This panel discussion seeks to provide new perspectives on world energy prospects and challenges.

The panelists include Professor Paul Stevens, distinguished fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, Dr Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Dr Tom Wales, Group Political Adviser at BP’s Government and Political Affairs section.

The event will be chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Dannreuther.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

There will be the opportunity for networking at a wine reception.

ABOUT THE PANEL

Professor Paul Stevens is a distinguished fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London. He was educated as an economist and as a specialist on the Middle East at Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Between 1993 and 2008 he was professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has published extensively on energy economics, the international petroleum industry, economic development issues and the political economy of the Gulf. In March 2009 he was presented with the OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research.

Dr Robert Falkner is Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He holds degrees in politics and economics from Munich University and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. He taught at Oxford, Kent and Essex universities before joining LSE and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is an associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE and of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House. Falkner has published widely on global environmental politics.

Dr Tom Wales is a specialist in futures, scenario-building, analysis methodology, and heuristics. He is also a US, Canadian, and global energy analyst and intelligence historian. Wales is currently the Group Political Adviser at BP’s Government and Political Affairs section. Responsible for Asia and the Americas, he advises on ‘Above ground’ (country and political) risk, reporting to the head of government and political affairs, and the group executive committee. Prior to BP, Wales has spent ten years at Oxford Analytica Ltd. (OA), an Oxford-based global political risk management firm.

REGISTRATION

The event is free of charge but please register to secure your place and to avoid disappointment, via Eventbrite.

For other enquiries, please email Dr Wojceich Ostrowski.