Energy, Ideas and Power: EU-Russia Energy Relations in the 21st Century

Departmental Seminar
Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:00pm
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

CEU Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) seminar on

Energy, Ideas and Power: EU-Russia Energy Relations in the 21st Century

Date and time: Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012, 4pm.

Speaker: Carline Kuzemko, PhD, Warwick University

Chair: Andreas Goldthau, DPP

Venue: FT 509
About the talk:

The talk focuses on links between frameworks of ideas (market, geopolitical, climate) and capacities to be influential.  The argument is that energy lies at the heart of the contestation of Western market liberal ideas, that frameworks of ideas about energy being politically powerful have gained in legitimacy in Europe, whilst climate ideas are also impacting upon the design of energy policy. EU-Russia relations is a perfect case study to investigate the impacts of the contestation of market liberal ideas and of this complex ideational context - not least in terms of deteriorating relations, but also in terms of divisions within the EU which impact on the goal of solidarity vis-a-vis Russia.  

About the speaker:

Caroline Kuzemko is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick. At present, she is primarily working in the context of the EU funded GR:EEN project, investigating EU energy and climate policy, domestic and foreign, with an emphasis on EU-Russia relations.  She is also the Principal Investigator of an ESRC funded energy network called the Political Economy of Energy in Europe and Russia (PEEER) which, in addition to hosting conferences and supporting early career research in energy, has also produced a book, ‘Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia’ (Palgrave).   Publications include (2012) ‘Energy Policy in Transition: Sustainability with Security’, in Caroline Kuzemko, Andrei Belyi, Andreas Goldthau and Mike F. Keating (eds.) Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia.  London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.  Caroline completed her MA in International Political Economy (IPE) also at Warwick and prior to her return to academia, she worked for eight years at UBS Warburg, an investment bank, where she managed the emerging market equity desk in London.  Caroline speaks intermediate level Russian and German.