Policy for Natural Resources

Funding Body

European Commission Framework 7 Programme


Roland Dannreuther and Philip Andrews-Speed (Westminster); 11 other institutional partners including University of Dundee, Clingendael International Energy Programme, CNRS, Fraunhofer Institute, Gulf Research Centre, Fondazione Eni Enrico Matteo (view the project website for the full list)

Award Value



This project, which started in 2010 and was completed in 2013, examined the

global challenges over access to oil, gas and mineral resources over the next 30 years and proposed solutions for the various policy actors, including the EU. The project was innovative for both the multiple resources that it covered and for its inter-disciplinarity which involved contributions from disciplines including

political science, economics, geology, engineering, technology, law and security studies.

The particular contribution of the University of Westminster was to provide the historically-informed theoretical framework for the project as a whole and for providing oversight for the various strands of the project. It also provided the main political science and international relations contribution to the project. This research resulted in a volume Natural Resources: Conflict and Cooperation published by Macmillan Palgrave in 2013.

Find out more on the project web-site

China in Tibet

This project identifies and analyses China public diplomacy on Tibet and contextualises it within the wider debates over Tibet.

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Emancipatory Politics in the Arab World

This project brings together activists and scholars concerned with the re-emergence of emancipatory politics in the Arab world.