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PEEER (Political Economy of Energy in Europe and Russia) was established in April 2009 with funding from an ESRC training and networking grant. It brings together an inter-disciplinary group of academics from across Europe and Russia to research energy, with an emphasis on governance, and specific issues associated with sustainable energy transitions, energy security and affordability. The network provides a forum for networking and for debate, whilst PEEER members have produced research which is both theoretically informed and policy relevant.

PEEER have hosted 5 conferences, in Russia, Finland and the UK, and have offered early career bursaries to attend these events. Members have published a number of articles and books, in particular the 2012 book, Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia, where an early research agenda for studying the international political economy (IPE) was set out.


PEEER Aims and Objectives:

The main objective has been to facilitate and encourage research collaboration, networking possibilities and knowledge exchange between energy researchers across Europe and Russia. There is a specific intention to help develop early career research skills through direct involvement in workshops and conferences, but also with a view to publication.

The network has at its heart an understanding that energy, fossil fuels and non-traditional, can be perceived and understood from a number of different perspectives which is why it has been a topic for university departments as diverse as engineering, economics, business studies, law, politics and international relations. It is for this reason that the network has always sought to support and encourage inter-disciplinary communication and learning amongst its members.



PEEER members published a book for Edward Elgar, the Handbook on the International Political Economy of Energy & Resources (2018). The handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research from leading scholars on the international political economy of energy and resources. The chapters cover all levels of governance, from global to local, and explore the wide range of issues emerging in fast changing politico-economic environments. The book forms part of the Edward Elgar series of Handbooks on Research in International Political Economy edited by Professor Matthew Watson and Professor Benjamin J. Cohen. For more information please see here and here.

Kuzemko, C.; Keating, M.; Goldthau, A. (2015) The Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development and Security. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kuzemko, C.; Belyi, A.; Goldthau, A.; Keating, M. (2012) Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.



PEEER hosted a panel on the 'International Political Economy of Energy' at the 24th Congress of Political Science (organised by the International Political Science Association), July 2016, in Poznan, Poland.

If you have any questions about PEEER then please feel free to contact the network convenor, Caroline Kuzemko:


A review of Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia (Palgrave, Macmillan 2012), is available here.