Renewable Energy and Geopolitics

2016 - 2017 (Completed)
Research project
The project examines the geopolitical consequences of a large-scale transition to renewable energy, both in terms of the fading of old energy and geopolitical patterns and systems and the emergence of new ones.

In this project NUPI will carry out analysis of the geopolitical, security and development policy effects of a successful transition to renewable energy.

NUPI will do so by producing a paper, organizing a workshop and providing input to a work plan for further analytical work. This will happen in cooperation with the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Green future – risks and opportunities

March 23, 2017

NUPI has partnered with Columbia University and Harvard University.



The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy

For a century, the geopolitics of energy has been synonymous with the geopolitics of oil and gas. However, geopolitics and the global energy economy are ...

Project Manager

Indra Overland

Research Professor, Head of Research group on climate and energy


Energy  Security policy  Terrorism and extremism  Conflict  Climate  Development policy

Ulf Sverdrup

Former Director

Malin Østevik

Former employee

Mikkel Frøsig Pedersen

Deputy Head of Administration



David Sandalow, Columbia University
Meghan O'Sullivan, Harvard University
Adnan Amin, IRENA