I am a researcher, writer and lecturer. I am currently completing a book on the global history of fossil fuel consumption since 1950, to be published in 2018. This will hopefully contribute to the understanding of the global warming problem and the transition away from fossil fuels.
My earlier work as a historian and energy researcher was focused on Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet countries, to which I have been travelling for more than 25 years. 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 was Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, on the Natural Gas Research Programme, 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. I continue to work at the Institute as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow.