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Political Economy of Energy in Europe and Russia

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PEEER (Political Economy of Energy in Europea and Russia) was established in April 2009. It is an ESRC funded energy network which brings together an inter-disciplinary group of academics from across Europe and Russia to research energy, with an emphasis on energy governance and regulation as well as issues associated with energy transition within Europe and Russia, and beyond. The network provides a forum for networking and for debate, it organises an annual conference and PEEER members produce research which is both policy relevant and theoretically informed. For a full list of recent publications and courses taught by PEEER members please see the latest newsletter.

Next Conference (see 'Finland 2014' above for more details)

The 'Energy Transitions' conference will take place in Jonescu, Finland, on 3rd and 4th March 2014. This conference is organised by UEF Law School in co-operation with the UEF Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law and ELRF. Planned sessions include topics such as 'Developments in EU energy law and policy'; 'Energy Community Treaty and Energy Charter Treaty'; 'Upstream petroleum in Europe and internationally'; and 'Low carbon energy: renewable and nuclar energy'.

The plenary session will be moderated by Dr Matteo Barra of the Energy Charter Secretariat and other speakers include: Dr Dirk Buschle, Legal Counsel and Deputy Director at the Energy Community Secretariat; Brendan Devlin, Adviser, DG Energy, European Commission (invited); Professor Andrey Konoplyanik, Adviser to Director General, Gazprom export LLC and Professor of International Oil and Gas Business, Russian State Gubkin Oil and Gas University.

Expressions of interest should be sent to: by 15th January and should include: i) title, abstract (100-200 words) and ii) name, institutional affiliation and contact details.

Previous Conferences

'Energy Transitions: Regulation of Energy Markets at National, Regional and International Levels', a conference co-organised by PEEER and hosted by the University of Eastern Finland took place from the 4th to 5th March 2013. The conference was very well attended - in all there were 75 papers presented. For more information on the conference please see:

PEEER co-hosted a conference in April 2012 in association with the Higher School of Economics, Moscow and CEPMLP, Dundee. The conference, entitled 'Sustainability in the Russian Energy Sector', took place in Perm, Russia. 12 bursaries were offered to early career researchers (PhD students, or researchers within 3 years of award of PhD).

In September 2010 PEEER, in association with the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), hosted a conference at the University of Warwick. The conference theme was 'Governing Energy in Europe and Russia'. It was attended by academics from Russian, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Norwegian, Ukrainian, West Indian, and UK institutions from legal, IPE, IR, business and economics backgrounds. Please click on the tab marked 'Warwick 2010' for a copy of the agenda and for access to conference papers.

In September 2009 PEEER organised its first workshop, hosted by the Higher School of Economics, in Moscow - please click on the tab marked 'Moscow 2009' for more details.

Early Career Bursaries

PEEER awarded bursaries to 10 'early career' researchers from UK universities to attend both the 2009 Moscow and 2010 Warwick Conferences.

PEEER has also had the pleasure of offering 3 travel bursaries, each for £750, to facilitate early career energy research abroad. For further information, see a brief report of a research trip by Domenico Ferrara.


If you have any questions about PEEER then please feel free to contact the network convenor, Caroline Kuzemko (C dot I dot Kuzemko at exeter dot ac dot uk).


CSGR, University of Warwick

Centre for EU Russia Studies (CERUS), University of Tartu

Innovation and Governance (IGov), University of Exeter

CEPMLP, Dundee

Research Centre for International Co-operation and Development

EDDEN, University of Grenoble

University of Siegen, FoKoS - Research Center, 'Shaping the Future'

 CSGR University of Warwick

Recent News

PEEER is co-hosting a conference, 'Energy Transitions', on 3-4 March 2014 in Joensuu, Finland. Please see tab above 'Finland 2014' for details. The call for papers closes on the 15th January 2014.

The latest PEEER newsletter is now available - this includes publications, new energy modules and courses and conferences that PEEER members have been involved in producing and organising. Please contact Caroline Kuzemko for details.

A new review of the book 'Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia', (Palgrave, Macmillan 2012), is available here.