Geopolitics of Energy in the 21st Century

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MAR.1.08, Marshall Building


Professor Helen Thompson

Professor Helen Thompson


Dr Omar Hammoud-Gallego

Dr Omar Hammoud-Gallego

Russia’s war on Ukraine has heavily impacted the world’s energy markets and catalysed new developments in alternative energy sources within an uncertain geopolitical landscape. As Europe attempts to cut its dependencies on Russian fossil fuels, what are the old continent’s realistic alternatives to procure its energy needs? What will be the political costs of pursuing those pathways, and how are high energy costs currently affecting politics across the West? While Russia pivots towards Africa and Asia to nurture new partnerships and seeking customers for its energy resources, what will be the implications of this shifting world order?

Join us for a discussion with Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University and author of the recent book Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century, published by Oxford University Press.

Meet our Speaker and Chair

Helen Thompson (@HelenHet20) is professor of political economy at Cambridge University. Her current research concentrates on the political economy of energy and the long history of the democratic, economic, and geopolitical disruptions of the twenty-first century. She is a regular panellist on Talking Politics, a columnist for the New Statesman and a contributor, among others, at UnHerd and Engelsberg Ideas.

Omar Hammoud-Gallego (@OmarHGallego) is a researcher and social data scientist, currently a Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy at the LSE School of Public Policy. His main research interests are in migration and refugee policies, as well as on the challenges to democratic legitimacy worldwide. He holds a PhD in political science from the LSE Department of Government.

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