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Summer can be boring. Winter even more. Get a jump start on the semester ahead. Below are some recommended information sources organized by topic. Journal articles are another great resource to help you prepare for your master's studies. You can easily access journals and articles via remote access to the university's resources.

Energy policy

Let's get right into that! Without some context it might be difficult though. Make sure to check also the other topics below.

  • Sovacool, B. K.,  Brown, M. A., Valentine, S. V. (2016). Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions. John Hopkins University Press.
  • Kleiman Center for Energy Policy: the Energy Policy Now podcast.
  • The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: the OIES podcast.
  • Or anything you find interesting in the journal Energy Research & Social Science

Political science and international relations

Political science and international relations are the core fields comprising the scientific discipline of energy policy studies. An overview of the basic theoretical perspectives will help you understand and interpret a range of patterns in energy policy creation around the world.

  • McGlinchey, S. (2016). International Relations. Bristol: E-International Relations Publishing. Available here.
  • Lawson, S. (2015). Theories of International Relations: Contending Approaches to World Politics. Polity Press.

European Union

EU energy policy informs the energy strategies of states both within and outside the EU. An understanding of institutions and policy making in the EU is key to developing one of the greatest advantages our graduates have on the job market – in-depth insight into European energy policy. And you will have the chance to apply the knowledge gained from your readings to the European case.

  • Wallace, H. S., Pollack, M. A., & Young, A. R. (2015). Policy-making in the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


International energy exchange occurs exclusively through trade. A good grasp of the fundamentals of economics is essential.

  • Begg, D., Vernasca, G., Fischer, S., & Dornbusch, R. (2014). Economics. London: McGraw Hill.

International political economy

When the world around us doesn't fit the models of neoclassical economics, international political economy helps explain why.

  • Oatley, M. (2013). International Political Economy. London: Longman.
  • Ravenhill, J. (2010). Global Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Energy commodities markets are typically among the most regulated. But what exactly is regulation?

  • Baldwin, R., Cave, M., & Lodge, M. (2013). Understanding Regulation: Theory, Strategy, and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Use YouTube. Inquire about how things work. Smart grids, nuclear power stations, photoelectric effect, tankers, hydrogen cars, you name it. All is there.

Social science methodology

In the EPS program you will learn how to clearly formulate your research in writing. Understanding the basics of social science research methodology will help.

  • Punch, K. (2005). Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. London: SAGE Publications.
  • Kelly, A. P. (2016). Social Research Methods. London: London School of Economics.
  • Outhwaite, W., & Turner, S. (2007). The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology. London: SAGE Publications.

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