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Peter Zeniewski

Peter Zeniewski
Dr Peter Zeniewski
Chancellor's Fellow, Energy and Society
F3 Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
+44 (0) 131 651 1396
Research Interests
Energy security, energy politics, Energy policy, EU Energy Policy, natural gas

Research Interests

With a background in politics, sociology and philosophy, I have an interest in employing multi-disciplinary perspectives to analyse contemporary energy challenges - in particular those related to energy security. I have worked with techno-economic energy system models to explore the impact of a low-carbon transition on energy security, and am currently developing a conceptual framework to understand security's place in the energy trilemma.

I am also interested in the adaptation of incumbent firms' business strategies as they respond to low-carbon innovation. Part of my Fellowship will also be devoted to understanding the conditions under which different renewable energy technologies are deemed to have reached 'maturity' status. 

Prior to becoming Chancellor's Fellow, I worked as a Senior Analyst for Wood Mackenzie, an international energy consulting firm based in Edinburgh. I have also worked as a Scientific Officer at the European Commission's Institute for Energy and Transport.

I am also a member of the School's Energy and Society Research Group which brings together energy research in sociology, science, technology and innovation studies (STIS), social anthropology and political science. 


PhD, International Relations, University of Oxford

MA, International Relations, University of Reading

BA Joint Honours, Philosophy and Sociology, University of Reading


Gracceva, Francesco; Valkenburg, G., Zeniewski, Peter, “Reducing uncertainty through a systemic risk-management approach”, in Grunig, A (ed), Low-carbon energy security from a European perspective, Elsevier, 2016

Gracceva, Francesco; Zeniewski, Peter, “Between climate change and energy security objectives: the potential role of shale gas” in Yan, Jinyue (ed), Handbook of Clean Energy Systems, Wiley, 2015

Gracceva, Francesco; Zeniewski, Peter, “A systemic approach to assessing energy security in a low-carbon EU energy system”, Applied Energy, Vol. 123, 15 June 2014

Gracceva, Francesco; Zeniewski, Peter, "Exploring the uncertainty around potential shale gas development – a global energy system analysis based on TIAM (TIMES Integrated Assessment Model)", Energy, Volume 57, August 2013

Zeniewski, Peter; Brancucci, Carlo; Pearson, Ivan, "Framing new threats: the internal security of gas and electricity networks in the European Union" in Dyer, Hugh and Trombetta, Maria (eds), International Handbook of Energy Security (Edward Elgar), July 2013

Zeniewski, Peter; Bolado-Lavin, Ricardo, “A review of national gas emergency plans in the European Union” Energy Policy, 49, October 2012

Pearson, Ivan; Zeniewski, Peter; Gracceva, Francesco, et al. “Unconventional gas in the European Union; potential energy market impacts”, JRC Scientific and Technical Report, September 2012

Zeniewski, Peter, "Surface level challenges for shale gas development in Europe; a regulatory perspective", 9th International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM), Florence, May 2012

Zeniewski, Peter; Bolado-Lavin, Ricardo, "Natural gas preventive action plan and emergency plan good practices", JRC Scientific and Technical Report, March 2012

Zeniewski, Peter, “Neoliberalism, exogenous elites and the transformation of Solidarity,” Europe Asia Studies, Vol. 63, No. 6, July 2011

Zeniewski, Peter, “Poland’s energy security and the origins of the Yamal Contract with Russia,” Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 2, Spring 2011

Bolado-Lavin, Ricardo; Gracceva, Francesco; Zeniewski, Peter, “Best practices and Methodological Guidelines for conducting gas risk assessments”, JRC Scientific and Policy Reports, June 2011