Simon Pirani, Senior Visiting Research Fellow on the OIES Natural Gas Programme, has published widely on the development of natural gas markets, and changing consumption patterns, in the former Soviet Union. He was editor of, and contributor to, the programme’s multi-author volumes The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change (OUP, 2014) and Russian and CIS Gas Markets and their Impact on Europe (OUP, 2009). He has written and co-written a series of papers and articles on the Ukrainian gas sector and Russo-Ukrainian gas relationships, and on Central Asian and Caspian gas markets.
Simon’s most recent book is Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption, published by Pluto in 2018.
Prior to joining the Institute in 2007, Simon wrote about Russia and Ukraine as a journalist and historian. He is the author of The Russian Revolution in Retreat (Routledge, 2008) and Change in Putin’s Russia: Power, Money and People (Pluto, 2009).