• Publication Energy The Return of the CEGB? - Britain's central buyer model
    June 26, 2014

    Though no part of any grand plan, and certainly not by intention, the British energy market has morphed from a liberalized quasi-competitive market into one that is driven by the state. It has happened largely by accident rather than design, but it also h
  • Publication Europe Ukraine, Europe and Energy
    June 1, 2014

    After a short pause, the borders of east and southeast Europe are again in flux, as they have been on and off since the early Russian people established Kiev as their capital. Crimea was annexed by Catherine the Great. The British and others fought the Cr
  • Presentation Europe Europe’s Energy Future: Rejuvenation or decline?
    May 22, 2014

    Slidepack for the FLAME 2014 conference May 22nd 2014.
  • Publication Europe A Credible European Security Plan
    May 22, 2014

    The European Commission was instructed by the Council of Ministers in March 2014 to draw up an energy security plan in time for the next Council of Ministers meeting in June 2014.
  • Presentation Europe European energy and climate policy in the face of the Russian interventions in Crimea and Ukraine
    March 16, 2014

    The Russian intervention in Crimea - and its effective annexation - comes in a context in which Russian intervention in Ukraine has been a continuing feature of southeast European politics fro generation. This is Russia's back yard, and from the mid-ninet
  • Publication Energy Electricity and Energy Prices
    February 11, 2014

    Why are electricity prices so politically toxic?
  • Presentation Europe The current situation and mid-term prospects for European electricity markets
    January 28, 2014

    It is fashionable to state that there are three objectives of European energy policy: security of supply, low carbon and affordability. Yet this “trilemma”—how to achieve all of these three simultaneously—is far from straightforward. None of the three obj
  • Publication Energy All change: the Unfolding Geopolitics of Oil and Gas in the US and the Middle East
    December 12, 2013

    The geopolitics of oil has remained remarkably static for the last 40 years since the Iranian Revolution at the end of the 1970s. The sytlized facts have been that the US would have to import ever more oil to meet its ever growing demand, and that the Mid
  • Publication Infrastructure How long can interest rates remain low?
    November 22, 2013

    We live in extraordinary times. Real interests are negative, have been negative for several years and the forward guidance from central bankers suggests that they believe they are going to stay that way for several years to come. Yet this is a very unnatu
  • Publication Infrastructure British Infrastructure and the Gradual Return of the state
    November 14, 2013

    The state of British infrastructure is the source of almost continuous study and criticism. There is now a host of new demands in water, energy, transport and communications which require a step change in investment. The Coalition government has made a se
  • Publication Transport Introduction to 'Air Transport and Infrastructure'
    November 1, 2013

    In D. Helm and D. Holt (eds.), 'Air Transport and Infrastructure: The Challenges Ahead', published November 2003 by Oxera, pp. 1-4. In committing itself to providing a 30-year framework for air transport policy, the government recognised that the existing
  • Presentation Europe European energy policy in the new geopolitical context
    October 23, 2013

    The European energy and climate narrative - what the leaders believed back in 2005-07
  • Publication Energy Labour's Energy Policies
    October 22, 2013

    The leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, announced in his autumn party conference speech a series of proposals for electricity prices and electricity market reform. These include: A price freeze for 20 months from the date of the General Election
  • Publication Infrastructure Why is infrastructure in Britain so difficult to deliver?
    September 10, 2013

    The consequence of the ’project wish list’ approach rather than an integrated plan is not just that many things don’t get done, but that the costs tend to be much higher
  • Publication Communications The regulation of public service television
    September 1, 2013

    Paper from the BBC / Reuters Institute symposium in January 2013.
  • Publication Energy The End of the Commodity Super-Cycle? Terra Firma - an alternative perspective
    May 30, 2013

    Commodities have had a good run. Despite the biggest economic crisis for half a century or more, commodities have marched ever upwards. The reasons might be many and various – from a flight to safety (gold) to Chinese demand (oil, copper and iron ore) – b
  • Presentation Climate Change Global Perspective - Energy and climate Energy and climate roadmap 2050.
    May 29, 2013

    Opening seminar for Global perspective evnt on the 29th May 2013
  • Publication Environment Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England
    January 25, 2013

    1. The starting point is to focus on the objectives set by government policy, and to consider whether the current institutional arrangements are well designed to meet them. 2. The overarching aim is to ensure that the environment is integrated into the ec
  • Publication Environment The Economic analysis of biodiversity: an assessment
    October 5, 2012

    Abstract: Biodiversity is complex, difficult to define, difficult to measure, and often involves international and intergenerational considerations. Biodiversity loss presents significant economic challenges. A great deal of economics is required to under
  • Publication Transport What do to about the roads?
    September 22, 2012

    Paper on the current state of our roads
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