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Location: Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs) 10 St James’s Street, London SW1Y 4LE

This event launches the publication of the book Global Resources: Conflict and Cooperation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) edited by Roland Dannreuther and Wojciech Ostrowksi, and will discuss the current and future developments of the oil, gas and minerals industries in the light of the historical past and the lessons history provides for understanding the future.

This will include a roundtable discussion on ‘What does the past tell us about the future of the oil, gas and minerals industries?’. The disc ussion is chaired by Professor Roland Dannreuther, University of Westminster. The speakers are Professor Paul Stevens, Senior Research Fellow in Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House, Giacomo Luciani, Scientific Director of the Master in International Energy of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences-Po, and David Humphreys, independent consultant and previously Chief Economist at Rio Tinto and Norilsk Nickel.

Key themes which will be covered will include: future supply and demand; oil, gas and mineral companies; resource nationalism; technological change; the geopolitics of resources; the role of China; the challenges for Europe and the United States;  local communities; the low-carbon transition; depletion and ‘peak debates’.

The book is the outcome of a large multinational and inter-disciplinary project funded by the European Commission and which involved 12 leading research centres from eight different European countries. Copies of the book will be available at the event.