Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Paul Stevens

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Paul Stevens is a distinguished fellow at Chatham House, having first joined the institute in 2008. He was educated as an economist and as a specialist on the Middle East at Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

From 1973-79 he taught at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, interspersed with two years as an oil consultant. Between 1979-93 he was a lecturer/senior lecturer in economics at the University of Surrey.

Between 1993 and 2007 he was professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

He is now professor emeritus at the University of Dundee and until recently, a visiting professor at University College London (Australia). He is also a distinguished fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) in Tokyo.

He has published extensively on energy economics, the international petroleum industry, economic development issues and the political economy of the Gulf. 

He also works as a consultant for many companies and governments. In March 2009 he was presented with the OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research.

Areas of expertise

  • International oil markets
  • National oil companies
  • Developments in oil producing countries
  • Political economy of the Middle East
  • Energy in developing countries

Past experience

1993 - 2007Professor of petroleum policy and economics, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Law and Policy, University of Dundee
1979 - 1993Lecturer/Senior lecturer economics, University of Surrey, Guildford
1973 - 1979

Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Professional Activities

  • Awarded the 2009 OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research.