Advisory Committee


Dr. Roger BentleyDr. Roger BentleyUniversity of Reading 

Dr. Bentley is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading’s Department of Cybernetics. His research areas include global hydrocarbon depletion, solar energy, and broader energy issues. He was a member of the University of Reading’s ad hoc ‘Oil Resources Group’ which has given presentations on oil depletion to governments, industry, research institutions and academia.




Prof. Anton Ziolkowski, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

Anton Ziolkowski was appointed to the new chair of Petroleum Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh in 1992. He is currently funded by Petroleum GeoServices (PGS) as part of a Strategic Alliance between PGS and the University of Edinburgh. In 2012 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in collaboration with PGS. He co-founded MTEM Limited, a 2004 spinout from the University of Edinburgh, and was MTEM’s Technical Director until 2007, when the company was bought by PGS, where he became Chief Scientist, Geoscience and Engineering. He returned to the University from his secondment to MTEM and PGS in March 2010.


Dr. Richard MillerDr. Richard Miller, Oil Consultant

Dr. Richard Miller trained initially as an economic geologist (gold, uranium), and subsequently as an isotope geochemist, at Oxford, Alberta and Cambridge. From 1985 to 2008 he worked as a geochemist for BP in London, where he prepared annual in-house projections of future oil supply from 2000 to 2007. He has published papers on oil resources and supply from 1992 to the present day. He now consults and advises on future oil supply to commercial and academic organisations, and is currently editing a volume on future oil supply for the Royal Society. He was a trustee of the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) in London, until its demise in 2012.



Antony Froggatt, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Antony Froggatt is a senior research fellow in the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House and has been a freelance energy policy consultant since 1997, based in London. Previously, he was the Greenpeace International Nuclear Policy Campaigner. With Mycle Schneider, Froggatt is co-author of the of the The World Nuclear Industry Status Reports, which suggest that nuclear power will continue to decline. Froggatt and Schneider wrote the Systems for Change report for the Heinrich Böll Foundation in 2010. Froggatt has commented extensively on the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents. He says “that the cascade of problems at Fukushima, from one reactor to another, and from reactors to fuel storage pools, will affect the design, layout and ultimately the cost of future nuclear plants”.


Benjamin Zala, Programme Director, Sustainable Security Programme, Oxford Research Group

Director of Oxford Research Group’s (ORG) Sustainable Security programme. He is also a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of Birmingham and Editorial Assistant for the academic journal ‘Civil Wars’ (published by Routledge). He holds a Bachelor of International Relations with first class honours from La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Previously, Ben worked at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) in the Energy, Environment and Development Programme and the La Trobe University Centre for Dialogue where he was also the editorial assistant for the  journal ‘Global Change, Peace and Security’


Jamie Speirs, Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT)

Researcher at Imperial College London in the Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT). He currently works within the Technology and Policy Assessment (TPA) team for the UK Energy Research Centre. Upon graduating from his first degree in Marine Biology Jamie spent several years working in field research on marine mammals before studying a Masters degree in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. Jamie’s research work includes oil depletion, materials scarcity, heat markets in scenario modelling and innovation and has written various research reports and journal articles.



David Comerford, School of Economics, University of Edinburgh

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests include macroeconomics, and environmental & energy economics. His Ph.D. thesis covers the interaction of scale economies and energy quality, measuring the costs and benefits of independence, and a balance of questions: what can we ask of climate change economics.

Dr. Ian Lange, University of Stirling

Dr. Ian Lange is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the M.Sc. Energy Management in the Economics Division at the University of Stirling. His main area of research is the impact of environmental and energy policy on firm and household decision-making related to energy use. Dr. Lange’s earned his PhD in economics at the University of Washington. His previous appointment was at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Center for Environmental Economics and Office of Air & Radiation Climate Economics Branch. Dr. Lange is a CESifo Energy and Climate Economics Research Network Affiliate.

Prof. Karen Turner, School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University

Karen Turner is a Professor of Economics at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Since her doctoral studies in Economics at the University of Strathclyde, Karen has spent the last 11 years studying energy-economy-environment interactions at the economy-wide level, with particular focus on two key issues. The first of these is the issue of pollution embodied in trade flows and issues relating to production and consumption based carbon accounting and modelling. The second is the macroeconomic impacts of increased energy efficiency, particularly the question of whether ‘rebound’ effects erode potential energy savings at the macroeconomic level and supply-side determinants of the economy-wide impacts of efficiency improvements.

Dr. Michael R. Smith, GlobalShift Ltd.

Michael has over 30 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry. He received his doctorate in geology from Oxford University in 1981 and spent the early years of his career as a consultant based in the Far East. He went on to work with a number of oil companies, firstly as a geoscientist and subsequently as an Exploration Manager. Michael incorporated Energyfiles in 2003, turning it into a renowned source of energy data. After selling up in 2010 he developed new ideas on energy supply and is now Chief Executive of Globalshift. He has worked on every region of the world and lived in Europe, The Middle East and Asia.


Dr. Ariel Bergmann, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral law and Policy 

Dr. (Eric) Ariel Bergmann joined the Centre in September 2009 as a lecturer in Energy Economics. He graduated in 2006 from the University of Glasgow with a Ph.D. in Economics having researched and published on the economics of renewable energy. He wrote on the evolution of institutions and political economy of renewable energy, valuing the environmental attributes of renewable energy projects, and models of green certificate trading.



Prof. Zoe Shipton, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Professor Shipton moved to the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Civil Engineering in July 2010 to take up the position of Professor of Geological Disposal of Radioactive waste. Her research focuses on fault growth processes, the link between faulting and fluid flow (especially CO2 rich fluids), and the structure and modern and exhumed earthquake faults. She has worked on a variety of projects, including the statistical characterisation of fault zone architectures, investigations of the spatial and temporal damage zone evolution through field studies and the development of a 2D hydro-mechanical finite element model. Her latest research involves using this model to investigate the spatial and temporal evolution of fault zone structures and associated seismicity in basement rocks. She also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Utah State University on the Big Hole Fault Drilling Project, together with a consortium comprising the US Department of Energy and several oil companies; and has lectured at the Department of Geology at Trinity College, Dublin and the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.

hook_conferenceMikael Höök, Associate Professor, Global Energy Systems Group, Uppsala University

Mikael Höök is an Associate Professor at the Global Energy Systems Group of Uppsala University. He has authored  over 25 peer-review publications with a focus on the modelling of energy systems, mathematical modelling of oil production, global energy resources, and energy security. Previously, from 2010 to 2012 he was a post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala University researching models for oil and coal production. He holdsa  PhD degree and MSc from Uppsala University in engineering physics.



sayereditProfessor Stuart Sayer, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)

Stuart was an undergraduate and graduate scholar at the University of Oxford, and Lecturer at Mansfield College, Oxford, before moving to the University of Edinburgh in 1977. He was the Head of the School of Economics at Edinburgh from 2000 to 2008, and has been Executive Director of the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) since its creation in 2006. He has held Visiting Professorships at Villanova University, PA, and Union College, NY. In 2005 he won the Outstanding Teaching Award of the Economics Network of the UK-wide Higher Education Academy. He has been Editor of the Journal of Economic Surveys since 1987 and Managing Editor since 2003.

Stuart’s research is in macroeconomic and monetary theory and policy, political economy and economic policy-making. His work spans a broad range from the economic analysis of frontier regions, through more abstract analyses of the economics of Keynes, macro-policy modelling, and central bank independence, to more applied work on UK fiscal and monetary policy and the market for economic advisors.

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