Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
John V Mitchell
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John V. Mitchell is an associate research fellow at Chatham House, research adviser at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and honorary fellow at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

In November 2007 he received a lifetime achievement award for research from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the opening of the third Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) summit in Riyadh.

He retired in 1993 from British Petroleum (BP) where his posts included special adviser to the managing directors, regional co-ordinator for BP’s subsidiaries in the Western Hemisphere, and head of BP’s Policy Review Unit.

He has written three books: The New Economy of Oil (2001) and Companies in a World of Conflict (editor, 1998) both published by Chatham House/Earthscan; and The New Geopolitics of Energy (Chatham House, 1996). He was also a contributor to Oil Titans by Valérie Marcel (Brookings/Chatham House, 2006).


  • Energy economics
  • Oil industry
  • Energy Security
  • Human rights and corporate responsibility


2007Lifetime achievement award for research from King Abdullah at the opening of the 3rd OPEC Summit in Riyadh
2004-PresentAssociate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House
1994-2004Chair, Steering Committee, Energy and Environment Programme, Chatham House
1990-93Special Adviser to the Managing Directors, British Petroleum
1983-90Co-ordinator for and Director of BP companies in North and South America
1976-83Head of BP Policy Review Unit
1976-77Industrial Fellow Commoner, Churchill College, Cambridge
1967-76Supply and Planning departments BP
1956-66Government of Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
1950-55University of Natal, South Africa
  • Oil for Asia (with Glada Lahn) Chatham House Briefing Paper, April 2007
  • A New Era for Oil Prices Chatham House Report, August 2006
  • The Economic Challenge [to National Oil companies] Chapter in Oil Titans by Valerie Marcel, Brookings/Chatham House, 2006
  • L'autre face de la dépendance Énergétique, in Politique Étrangère, 2:2006, IFRI
  • Producer-Consumer Dialogue, Chatham House Report, Nov 2005