Geopolitics and the Energy Transition

Geopolitics and the Energy Transition (GET)

The Geopolitics and the Energy Transition (GET) research Program aims to carry out interdisciplinary, prospective and policy-oriented applied research, targeted at political and business decision makers.

This aim is achieved through an integrated quantitative and qualitative analysis of energy scenarios and policies, with a specific focus on the geopolitical dimension of the current energy transition.

The GET Program monitors and analyses the main energy-related geopolitical and geoeconomic dynamics occurring in key world’s regions, notably Europe, the US, China, MENA, Africa, and the Former Soviet Union, without abandoning a global approach. In addition to addressing the geopolitics and geo-economics of oil and gas, the GET research program also examines how the global shift towards renewable energy and more generally decarbonization is disrupting the global energy system, affecting economies and changing the political and economic dynamics within and between countries. This includes monitoring decarbonization strategies and targets as well as industrial, financial and other policies countries implement to achieve these targets, which for some countries are also a tool to acquire a new leadership role in a future decarbonized world. It thus includes the analysis of the whole value change of new technologies including also access to minerals underpinning the clean energy transition as well as the potential economic and geopolitical impacts of the global decarbonization of major oil and gas exporting countries and their relationship with traditional importing countries.

For 2021, GET consists of two research lines: 1) the Geopolitics of the energy transition between the US, EU and China, and the rest of the World; and 2) Energy Transition and the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region: domestic and geopolitical consequences.

  1. With the “Geopolitics of the energy transition between the US, EU and China, and the rest of the World” research, GET investigates decarbonization strategies and related industrial policies of the three major geoeconomic blocks (EU, US, China). The project analyzes both the internal and external dimensions of such strategies and policies, looking inside each block, in relation to each other and in relation to the rest of the world (e.g. Russia, India, other South East Asian countries, Africa, Middle-East, Latin America). The research on geopolitics of global energy transition will be conducted in an interdisciplinary way integrating technological and financial approaches with geoeconomic and geopolitical;
  2. With the “Energy Transition and the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region: domestic and geopolitical consequences” research, GET analyzes strategies of MEA countries to adapt to, and offset negative effects of, the global energy transition. The research line will address both domestic and international drivers. Domestically, key socioeconomic and energy features that will enable MEA countries to foster the energy and economic transformation will be analysed. The analysis will also address the issue of how to finance energy access in sub Saharan Africa. Internationally, the potential geopolitical implications of the global clean energy transition for MEA countries will be evaluated. This includes assessing future strategies of MEA producing countries to adapt their business model to the future energy landscape.


Ongoing Projects
Long-Term Joint European Union - African Union Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy  (LEAP-RE-RE4AFAGRI)
Research project Ongoing Project
October 2020 / December 2025
Long-Term Joint European Union - African Union Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE-RE4AFAGRI)
Energy Transition and the Middle East & Africa region: domestic and geopolitical consequences (GET-MEA)
Research project Ongoing Project
January 2021 / December 2021
Energy Transition and the Middle East & Africa region: domestic and geopolitical consequences (GET-MEA)
Geopolitics of the energy transition between the US, EU and China, and the rest of the World (GET-GLOBAL)
Research project Ongoing Project
January 2021 / December 2021
Geopolitics of the energy transition between the US, EU and China, and the rest of the World (GET-GLOBAL)
Research Programme and Team
Programme Director

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