Glada Lahn

Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre


Since joining Chatham House in 2004, Glada Lahn has worked on a range of international resource-related projects which intersect with geopolitical, economic and development concerns.

Her research areas have included petroleum sector governance, Asian foreign resource investment, access to energy in developing countries, sustainable transitions in oil and gas-exporting economies, Arctic extractives policies, the pricing and valuation of natural resources, and transboundary water relations in the Middle East and Asia.

Glada has led influential research on energy policy in the Arab Gulf, energy access amongst displaced people globally in 2015, and how climate change and decarbonization affect the prospects and choices for developing country oil and gas producers. She is currently working on CASCADES, a multi-partner EU initiative to assess the transboundary risks of climate impacts and make recommendations for actions on resilience building.

From 2002 to 2004, she was senior research fellow at the Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies and has since worked for a number of organizations as a freelance consultant.

She has a BA in Arabic and international relations, including a year spent at the University of Damascus between 1999 and 2000.

She also has an MA in Near and Middle Eastern studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Past experience

2013-present Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resources, Chatham House
2007-08 MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS)
2007-08 Research Fellow, Chatham House
2002-07 Freelance Consultant/Researcher (energy, Middle East, governance reform)
2002-04 Senior Researcher, Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies
1997-2001 BA Arabic with International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)