In early 2014 I am starting a new research project on the global history of fossil fuel consumption since 1950. There is a project outline here. I welcome contact with other historians working on similar themes.
I am a researcher, writer and lecturer, and author of Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption, published by Pluto Press in August 2018.
My earlier work as a historian and energy researcher was focused on Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet countries. My book The Russian Revolution in Retreat 1920-24: Soviet workers and the new communist elite (Routledge, 2008) was a study of working-class political history. Another book, Change in Putin’s Russia: Power, Money and People (Pluto Press, 2010) was based on my work as a journalist.
I am Senior Visiting Research Fellow on the Natural Gas Research Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; I worked there as a Senior Research Fellow between 2007 and 2017. I edited and contributed to two multi-author books on natural gas markets in the former Soviet Union, and wrote a series of papers on the Ukrainian gas sector; on natural gas consumption across the FSU; and on natural gas in the Caspian region.