The School of Economics has a long-standing tradition of energy economics research from its early origins under the leadership of Professor Colin Robinson. This was consolidated in the early 1980s when the University established SEEC, with Colin as the Director, to study the economics of energy and energy markets.
SEEC undertakes original energy economics research and since being established it has produced papers across the whole spectrum of energy economics, including the international oil and gas market, North Sea oil & gas, petroleum fiscal regimes, energy efficiency, UK & international coal, gas privatisation & regulation, electricity privatisation & regulation, measurement of efficiency in energy industries, energy & development, energy demand modelling & forecasting, and energy & the environment.
SEEC produces the Surrey Energy Economics Discussion Paper Series (SEEDS) with over 130 papers published. Moreover, members of SEEC regularly publish in general economics and specialised energy journals. SEEC also runs workshops and conferences that bring together academics and practitioners to explore and discuss the important energy issues of the day.
SEEC also attracts a number of the school’s postgraduate students overseeing a vibrant MSc in Energy Economics & Policy and PhD programme. Many students have successfully completed their MSc and/or PhD in energy economics and gone on to very interesting and rewarding careers, both in academia and the energy industry. SEEC can also provide training courses for Government departments and industry in various areas of energy economics (e.g. energy policy, transport, petroleum fiscal regimes, etc.). For more information, please contact the SEEC Director.