Years Active: 2009-2014


It is critical to the UK's energy security to develop a clear understanding of the geopolitical drivers, governance challenges and risks shaping current and future global gas security through to the late 2020s and beyond. To achieve this, the project has the following aims:

  • To develop a conceptual framework and methodology to analyse global gas security and governance.
  • To identify the geopolitical drivers, actors, issues and risks shaping global gas security to the late 2020s.
  • To assess their consequences for the UK’s energy strategy and low carbon transition policy.

Further Information

The project was funded by UKERC's Research Fund and was aimed at four audiences: the energy studies community; policy makers responsible for energy security, low carbon energy transition and energy governance in the UK and EU; the business community with interests in the gas industry and power generation, and social scientists working on energy security and governance issues.

A range of seminars and conference activities were organised to access these audiences and project outputs included academic journal articles aimed at the energy studies, human geography and wider social science communities, policy briefings and a book on Natural Gas.

Key Outputs

  • Shadrina, E. and Bradshaw, M. (2013) Russia’s energy governance transitions and implications for enhanced cooperation with China, Japan and South Korea, Post-Soviet Affairs, 29(6):461-499.
  • Bradshaw, M. J. (2013) Sustainability, Climate Change, and Transition in Global Energy, in Goldthau, A. (ed.) The Handbook of Global Energy Policy, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 48-63.
  • Bradshaw M., Bridge G., Bouzarovski S., Dutton J. (2013), 'Globalising Gas': developing a GPN approach for understanding organisational and geographical integration in the international natural gas industry, (working paper)
  • Dutton J. (2013) Challenges to the Shale Gas Revolution, in Bakshi V., Milner Casgrain F. (eds.) Shale Gas: A Practitioner’s Guide to Shale Gas & Other Unconventional Resources, Globe Law & Business, London , 143-155.
  • Bradshaw, M (2012) Time to Take Our Foot Off the Gas? Gas in UK Energy Security, A Research Report for Friends of the Earth.
  • Dutton J. (2012), Public policy and public opinion on shale gas development, in Bakshi V., Milner Casgrain F. (eds.) Shale Gas: A Practitioner’s Guide to Shale Gas & Other Unconventional Resources, Globe Law & Business, London, 143-155.


  • Bouzarovski, S (2012) Unpacking energy security, Southeast Europe and the EU leadership development programme, Vienna, 8 September 2012.
  • Bouzarovski, S (2012), The contradictory materialities of European energy governance, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 3 July 2012.
  • Bouzarovski, S (2012), The scalar politics of energy restructuring in Eastern and Central Europe, 'The politics of resource depletion', Birmingham, 6 June 2012.
  • Bouzarovski, S (2012), Producing territorial dissensus: The new geographies of energy security, 'New energy security challenges workshop, London, 10 May 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M. (2012) Progress and Prospects for Russian Oil and Gas Exports to the Asia-Pacific Region, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, December 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M. (2012) Workshop on the Geopolitics of Energy Security (with a focus on Global Gas Security), Energy Security in a Multipolar World: Final Conference, The Royal Society, London, December 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M (2012) Power Sector Decarbonisation in the UK: Role and Risks of Natural Gas, Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable, Chatham House, 23 November 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M (2012) A Supply Chain Approach to Gas Security, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford, October 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M (2012) The Sakhalin Oil and Gas Projects: Lessons for Arctic Development, presentation to a inter-disciplinary conference: ‘What next of the Arctic?’ The University of Hull, September 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M (2012), Oil and Gas Developments in Pacific Russia, presentation to a conference on ‘Russian Energy and Security’, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Stockholm, Sweden, May 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M (2012), Arctic Oil and Gas Developments in Russia: lessons from Sakhalin, presentation to a meeting on ‘Outlook for Reform in the Russian Gas Sector’, RUSSCASP, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway, March 2012.
  • Bradshaw, M (2012) Global Gas Debate, 16th Sakhalin Oil and Gas Conference, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, September (Also chaired this session and a session on Asian Gas Markets).
  • Bridge G (2012) The Territorialities of LNG, Energy and Territory Seminar Series organized by CIRED, LATTS and PACTE, France, November 2012.
  • Dutton J (2012) EU gas infrastructure and decarbonisation: the path to 2050, EU Energy Policy: on the road to decarbonisation? Institute for European Studies, Brussels, November 2012.
  • Dutton J (2012) The Geopolitical & Security Implications of Global Unconventional Gas Development for Scotland and the UK, Unconventional Gas Workshop - Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh, October 2012.
  • Dutton J (2012) The Geopolitical & Security Implications of Global Unconventional Gas Development New Energy Security Challenges Workshop – Energy Security in a Multipolar World, Royal Geographical Society, May 2012.
  • Dutton J (2012), The Geopolitics of Global Gas Markets, Newsbase, 26 March 2012.
  • Dutton J (2012), The Future of Gas Remains Flexible, Interfax News Agency, 21 March 2012.
  • Dutton J (2012) Challenges to Sustaining the Shale Gas Revolution - The Global Gas Challenge: Implications for the UK, Royal Geographical Society, February 2012.