Petroleum sector governance refers to the system for making and implementing decisions concerning the exploitation of a nation’s oil and gas resources. As petroleum is the primary source of government revenue in many developing countries, failures of petroleum sector governance can have far reaching implications for the economy, social development and political stability. Establishing good governance within the petroleum sector can increase national wealth, sustainable development and social stability.

Our research seeks to bridge the academic-practitioner divide by pursuing action-oriented research that aims to maximise policy and pro-poor development impacts. We work closely with development partners, policy makers and regulatory agencies at the international, national and local levels, as well as with industry, NGOs and communities. Research spans the Global North and South, including Brazil, Ghana, Ireland, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.

Key academic contact: Dr James Van Alstine

Research projects include:

  • The future of polar governance; funded by the British Antarctic Survey
  • The Governance of Hydrocarbons in Uganda: Opportunities for Community-Driven Accountability in the Albertine Rift Region; funded by the Democratic Governance Facility
  • Scale in environmental policy: exploring stakeholder perspectives of Arctic offshore petroleum
  • The impact of oil capital on spaces of governance in Uganda’s Albertine Rift region