Mark C. Thurber, PhDAssociate Director for Research
Global Underdevelopment Action Fund awards six grants to projects addressing global underdevelopment
The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University has awarded six Global Underdevelopment Action Fund grants for interdisciplinary research aimed at tackling persistent problems of global underdevelopment. The projects will focus on early-stage, multidisciplinary, and policy-relevant research, and are all required to have a training component for Stanford undergraduate or graduate students. Read more »
Nigeria's national oil company NNPC is at the center of a profoundly dysfunctional oil sector in a country that some argue embodies the "resource curse." In a new study, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber and PESD affiliated researchers Ify Emelife and Patrick Heller find that NNPC's persistent underperformance stems from its role as the linchpin of a sophisticated and durable system of patronage. Read more »
Thurber quoted in Nature on climate change mitigation potential of natural gasin the news: Nature News on June 26, 2010
Commenting in Nature magazine, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber emphasized the key role for natural gas in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, both in the US and in key emerging markets like China.
PESD releases study of Norway's national oil company Statoil
Norway is lauded as the rare example of a major oil and gas exporting country that has managed to avoid the "resource curse." A new study by PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber and Consulting Research Associate Benedicte Tangen Istad looks more closely at the Norwegian petroleum experience and the role of national oil company Statoil in it. The reality is messy and political but nonetheless an impressive story of how Norway built a vibrant domestic oil and gas industry on the back of national champion Statoil and a robust system of governance that could curb Statoil's excesses as needed at a few key junctures.
PESD Policy Brief: Natural Gas Can Play Key Role If Governments Support It
PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber argues that natural gas, often the neglected stepchild of the climate debate, in fact has the most potential among energy supply options to achieve cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions in the near term. Dramatic advances in techniques for extracting "unconventional gas" could presage a bright future for the fuel, but only if governments do their part to support the expansion of gas demand and associated infrastructure.