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I am Professor of Economics with expertise in energy economics, energy policy and econometrics.

I have extensive experience in and outside of higher education. I have worked at the Universities of Essex, Swansea and Surrey and have twice been the Head of Economics at Portsmouth and Head of Economics at Surrey. I was also Director of the Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC). I was an Editor of The Energy Journal for 16 years.

In the past I worked at HM Treasury and Midlands Electricity. More recently I worked at KAPSARC, a research institution in Saudi Arabia, where I was responsible for carrying out research and helping to establish a research culture, associated procedures and systems as it developed into a respected institution for research and policy advice.

I enjoy and have considerable experience of leadership and mentoring, having successfully supervised more than 20 PhD students.


I re-joined the University of Portsmouth as Professor of Economics in October 2017, having previously been Professor of Business Economics between 1994 and 1998. I was also Head of Economics from 1996 until 1998 and from 2017 to 2021. 

I have previously worked at the Universities of Essex (1979-1980), Swansea (1980-1985 and 1987-1989), and Surrey (1989-1991 and 1999-2017). I was Head of the Department of Economics at Surrey (1999-2003) and Director of SEEC (2003-2015). I was an Editor of The Energy Journal from 2006 to 2022.

In addition to working in higher education, I was an Economic Adviser in the forecasting division at HM Treasury (1985-1987), an Energy Analyst/Economist at Midlands Electricity (1991-1994) and more recently a Senior Research Fellow at KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2015-2017). At KAPSARC I undertook and led research on several energy-related issues for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

I gained a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Econometrics from Loughborough University, an MA in Economics from the University of Essex and a PhD in Economics from the University of Surrey.

Research Interests

My research focuses on energy economics and policy. I have edited 2 books and published around 10 book chapters and over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, including the following 3 examples:

  1. The value of saving oil in Saudi Arabia, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, 2020
  2. Gasoline demand, pricing policy, and social welfare in Saudi Arabia: A quantitative analysis, Energy Policy, 2018
  3. Energy demand and energy efficiency in the OECD countries: A stochastic demand frontier approach, The Energy Journal, 2011

Teaching Responsibilities

During my academic career I have taught at a range of levels on various aspects of economics, including economics for business managers, specialist energy economics, and energy economics modelling.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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