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Dr Adnan Vatansever is a Senior Lecturer at King’s Russia Institute.

Previously, Adnan worked as a senior associate in the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a senior associate in Russian and Caspian energy at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, and a consultant for the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Adnan combines a wealth of industry knowledge and experience on energy markets with a robust academic perspective. He holds a PhD from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and M.A. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He speaks Russian, Bulgarian, Turkish and English. 


Adnan's research focuses broadly on the political economy of energy and economic policy-making in Russia/Eurasia. His current book project aims to contribute to the so-called resource curse literature employing political theories examining allocation of energy sector rents. It is a case study of Putin’s Russia.

Additional areas of focus in his research include the following: the political economy of economic diversification; EU-Russian energy relations; the era of “smart sanctions” and the Russian case; Russia’s energy policy-making in the oil and gas sector; the rising role of Asia in Eurasian energy; state-business relations in Russia/Eurasia; state and market intervention in post-communist states; fiscal capacity and public spending in Russian/Eurasian context; rule of law and governance; regional development. Ongoing research projects include: European energy security and LNG as an alternative; EU’s gas diversification strategy; the politics of natural gas following new discoveries.