Indra Overland

Research Professor

Indra Overland heads the Centre for Energy Research at NUPI, and is Professor II at Nord University. He did his PhD at the University of Cambridge and has since worked extensively on the post-Soviet energy sector, including oil, gas and renewables.

He was awarded the Toby Jackman Prize for the best PhD dissertation in the year 2000, the Marcel Cadieux Prize for an article on Russia’s Arctic energy policy in the International Journal in 2010, the Stuland Prize at NUPI in 2013 and co-authored the most cited article published in the Journal of Eurasian Studies.

  • Bildet viser russiske Gazprom Research project

    Is this Russia's Kodak moment? Russian perspectives on the energy transition (KODAK)

    2019 - 2022 (Ongoing)

    This project will examine whether Russian energy actors are aware of the possibility of swift decarbonization of the global energy supply, what consequences they think it would have for demand for Russian fossil fuels exports and what measures they are implementing in order to hedge against such a development.

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    Debunking renewable energy myths

    ‘Old, familiar myths are easier to tell and easier to grasp than are new ideas’, says Indra Øverland. But that doesn’t mean they are correct, according to this NUPI researcher, who has examined four assumptions about renewable energy and geopolitics.
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    New CADGAT Data Reviews on 261 Belt and Road (BRI) Projects in Central Asia

    One of the main observations from the research is that nobody really knows what a BRI project is and what it is not. 
  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    Algorithm for Producing Rankings Based on Expert Surveys

    This paper develops an automated algorithm to process input data for segmented string relative rankings (SSRRs). The purpose of the SSRR methodology is to create rankings of countries, companies, or any other units based on surveys of expert opinion. This is done without the use of grading systems, which...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    Hydropower Potential of the Central Asian Countries

    This data article surveys the hydropower potential of the five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The dataset presents the theoretical hydropower supply capacity of all the river basins of Central Asia. It was prepared using data from national and...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: Agriculture and Food Projects

    This data article looks at Chinese investment in agriculture and food production in Central Asia. It shows that the agricultural sector projects have low priority within the Belt and Road Initiative. Kazakhstan is the biggest recipient of Chinese investment in agriculture and food projects in Central...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: Rail and Road Connectivity Projects

    This data article shows that most of the rail and road projects in which the Chinese are involved in Central Asia are implemented within the territories of individual countries and thus are still poorly linked with each other. However, these internal transport routes are expected to eventually form the...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    Renewable Energy Policies of the Central Asian Countries

    This data article surveys the government policies in support of renewable energy in the five Central Asian republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It begins by providing general information and key energy statistics for these countries. It then presents comparative...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Extraction and Processing Projects

    Mineral resources is the sector that receives most Chinese investment in Central Asia. China and its Central Asian partners pursue both strategic and commercial goals by promoting projects in the minerals sector. Kazakhstan hosts the largest number of projects and receives the largest amount of Chinese...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    Solar Power Potential of the Central Asian Countries

    This data compilation surveys the solar energy potential of the five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It also provides data on installed and planned solar power capacity in these countries.
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: Finance and IT Projects

    China and its Central Asian counterparts pursue finance and IT projects for both commercial and strategic reasons. As this data article shows, transparency is limited and exact information on the size of their investments is only partly available. In the financial sector, China cooperates most closely...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: Overview of Chinese Projects

    This data article summarises the analysis of 261 Chinese projects in Central Asia. The findings indicate that trade promotion and industrial development are the sectors where there is most BRI-related activity in Central Asia. The total number of projects in these areas approximates the number of projects...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: People-to-People Projects

    Along with financing hard infrastructure projects, Beijing also promotes soft power projects in the form of people-to-people initiatives. However, such projects are low priority within the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia. The Confucius Institutes, which appear to be an important vehicle...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: Energy Connectivity Projects

    One of the strategic objectives of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia is to provide China with alternative import/export and energy supply routes. This data article shows that the presentation and coverage of BRI projects varies considerably from country to country. The largest number...
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    Wind Power Potential of the Central Asian Countries

    This data article surveys the wind energy potential of the five Central Asian countries; Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The dataset presents the theoretical wind power supply capacity in the region as well as existing wind power installations.
  • Publication : Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)

    BRI in Central Asia: Industrial Projects

    China’s investment in the industrial sectors of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has been on the rise since the 1990s. However, this data article shows the recent expansion of Chinese investment also in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Thus, China has expanded its engagement in the development of local industries...
  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    Algorithm for producing rankings based on expert surveys

    This paper develops an automated algorithm to process input data for segmented string relative rankings (SSRRs). The purpose of the SSRR methodology is to create rankings of countries, companies, or any other units based on surveys of expert opinion. This is done without the use of grading systems, which...
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    China’s Belt and Road Initiative through the lens of Central Asia

    Has the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched by China in 2013, changed the perception of China among local actors in Central Asia? There are numerous internal problems and contradictions among the Central Asian countries and the region remains one of the least integrated in the world. This poses...
  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    The geopolitics of renewable energy: Debunking four emerging myths

    This article seeks to nip in the bud four emerging myths about the geopolitics of the rise of renewable energy and the concomitant increase in electricity usage. The article presents alternative perspectives, arguing that (1) the risk of geopolitical competition over critical materials for renewable...
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    Lonely Minds: Natural Resource Governance without Input from Society

    This concluding chapter draws together the threads from the 18 case studies of oil- and gas-producing countries, relating them to the theoretical concept of ‘public brainpower’ and the arguments presented in the introductory chapter. It elaborates on the concept of public brainpower in greater detail,...