We promote a distinctive research orientated culture with our academic staff and senior graduate students.

Research is undertaken in natural resources and energy law and policy, combining economics, financial and legal and policy issues.

The broad aim of our research is to achieve originality, excellence and to stimulate informed debate.

Our academics are working on projects concerning international development, financing renewable energy projects, Chinese investment in African economies and mineral law. 

In recent years, the focus of this research has moved to the challenges associated with a long-term transition to a low carbon economy and potential conflicts between the current carbon dependence of society and sustainability.

Research areas

Energy Law

We have the oldest dedicated Energy Law centre in the UK, and the largest and most influential in the UK and internationally.

Specialisms include:

  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Global and European Regulation of the Transition to a Sustainable Energy System
  • International Energy Investment Law
  • Liberalisation and Privatisation of Electricity and Gas Industries
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Law of Natural Resources
  • Law of the Sea
  • International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • Law of International Organisations
  • Transnational Law
  • Regulation of Cross-Border Investment
  • Dispute Negotiations through Arbitration

Our faculty have combined their research and teaching in International Law with an active practice as an advocate before international courts and tribunals.

Key faculty members

Energy Economics

The Energy Economics group researches a wide range of prominent energy and environmental problems.

Our key topics include petroleum economics, the economics of renewable energy, and the energy policies of emerging nations.

The group publishes in major academic journals, and many of our faculty have professional experience in the energy sector, drawing on diverse fields and linking academia, industry, consulting, and technology.

Key faculty members

Mining Law and Governance

Our faculty have specific expertise in the Law and Governance of Natural Resources and the design of resource regimes, particularly in the extractive industries.

Current and recent areas of research include National Mining Laws, Mining and Development issues, Government Agreements, Indigenous Agreements, Mineral Revenues and Taxation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining.

Some of our faculty have served in external advisory roles to governments worldwide, and have advised multinational for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Key faculty members

Energy Diplomacy and Climate Politics

The unique multidisciplinary combination at the CEPMLP has enabled us to win the DFID-ESRC project (jointly with Open University), and allowed our students to gain comprehensive understanding of energy and climate change related matters from different perspectives.

Our research interests include Chinese think tanks and China's foreign policy-making, Sino-Japanese political/energy relations, China's energy diplomacy, Chinese NOCs and government relationship, and China and Japan's climate change policy.

This group has published a number of reputable peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of international relations and political economy, and our faculty has published widely in these fields.

Key faculty members

Institute for Social Sciences Research (ISSR)

Research within CEPMLP and the rest of the School of Social Sciences is aligned with the ISSR’s interdisciplinary research themes and the University’s core purpose to transform lives globally and locally.