Energy, Environment and Resources

Chatham House research on this theme focuses on energy security, the dynamics of oil and gas supply and demand, food and agriculture, forestry, resources governance, and extractive resources.

Projects in this area include work on illegal logging and the global food trade, the Moving Energy Initiative, which examines the provision of energy for refugees and the displaced, the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group and the Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable.

The major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Energy, Environment and Resources Department and its projects, and The Hoffmann Centre, headed up by Bernice Lee.

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The Golden Bridge of the Silk Road sculpture built at Chang’an Street, Beijing, to celebrate National Day in 2016. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
Research paper

The Role of Investors in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure Under the Belt and Road Initiative

Father and daughter in their shelter in Goudoubo refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 2017. Photo: Kwesi Annim.
Moving Energy Initiative

Prices, Products and Priorities: Meeting Refugees’ Energy Needs in Burkina Faso and Kenya

A stack of recycled paper ready to be bound into books at a workshop in Kolkata, India. The workshop is run by a local NGO which provides skills training to women who used to be informal waste collectors. Photo: Felix Preston.
Chatham House Briefing

A Wider Circle? The Circular Economy in Developing Countries

Pedro Miguel locks, Panama Canal. Photo: Gonzalo Azumendi/Getty Images.
Chatham House Report

Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in Global Food Trade

An employee works on an excavator at storing fuel composed of wood chips to be used for the UEM (Usine d’Electricité de Metz) biomass plant in Metz, eastern France. Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

The Impacts of the Demand for Woody Biomass for Power and Heat on Climate and Forests

Biomass power station. Photo: Universal Images Group via Getty Images.
Research paper

Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate

A Saudi investor at the Tadawul (the Saudi Stock Exchange) in Riyadh, on 15 June 2015. Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Economic Reform in the GCC: Privatization as a Panacea for Declining Oil Wealth?

The World Today

The hidden costs of consumption

A fisherman walks by the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Miracle after it ran aground at the mouth of Dar es Salaam's harbour on 13 February 2016. Photo: DANIEL HAYDUK/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Left Stranded? Extractives-Led Growth in a Carbon-Constrained World

Qingdao, China. Photo by TPG/Getty Images.
DRC and Chatham House Joint Report

Navigating the New Normal: China and Global Resource Governance

An employee arranges packages of instant ramen noodles a store in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Research paper

Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains: Trade, Consumption and Deforestation


Papers for conference: Middle East and North Africa Energy 2015

Scenes from Pallisco Logging company's FSC Timber operations in Mindourou, Cameroon 3 June 2010. Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.
Research paper

Certified Products and EUTR Compliance in the Furniture Sector


Papers for conference: Middle East and North Africa Energy 2014


Papers for conference: The Changing Dynamics of Global Energy Markets

Article, Oxford Energy Forum Journal

From Sea to Shining Sea? Africa's Expanding Energy Landscape

Other resource

US Energy Policy after 2012


Papers for conference: Middle East and North Africa Energy 2013

Chatham House Briefing

Reset or Restart? The Impact of Fukushima on the Japanese and German Energy Sectors


Papers for conference: Rebalancing the World Energy Markets