Nigar Muradkhanli

Nigar Muradkhanli

Field of Activity

The European energy supply diversification. Case study: Caspian region.


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs

Grant:  Erasmus Mundus programme of the EU


My PhD research focuses on different models for diversification of the European gas infrastructure in order to increase supply volumes. Europe as a whole is a major importer of natural gas, being in competition with faster growing and potentially richer markets in the east and also remaining pipeline dependent. This latter issue is a strength, but without diversification, also a potential weakness. How can the energy sector respond to meet growing consumer demand, climate change commitments and competition for finite energy resources?

The Caspian region is one of the oldest hydrocarbon producing areas in the world, and is emerging once again as a major source of growth in global oil and gas supply. European concern about the reliability of traditional energy supply has driven heightened interest in Caspian and Central Asian oil and gas reserves. The emergence of the transportation projects connecting Europe with Caspian region is a bright example of the change in the European energy market. The Caspian region has the potential to become a major strategic energy partner of Europe.

The aim of this research is examination of both the advantages and possible deficiencies of this cooperation in comparison with the other existing supply projects and alternative solutions, as well as further proposals in order to benefit from cooperation with the Caspian region. The research is based on both qualitative and quantitative systematic analysis. The used theoretical approaches may include frame analysis, interpretive policy analysis.



Azerbaijan as a key to the security of energy supply to Europe. Digest of the Economic Institute of ANAS, 2014.

Economic and geopolitical trends of the European gas market. Austrian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. No 4, 2014.

The European gas supply diversification in an economic context. Journal “Scientific News of ASEU”. Baku, Azerbaijan. 2013.

The economic assessment of the European shale gas perspectives. Journal of the L`Association 1901 "SEPIKE". Germany / France. 2013.

Unlocking Caspian gas potential: Azerbaijan's vital role in the European energy supply diversification. International conference on energy, regional integration and socio-economic development organized by ECO, EcoMod Network, ISRER for ECO Member States. September, 2013.

The world trade in oil - the main trends and relations with global finance. The 11th International Scientific Practical Conference “Scientific Discussions: Economics and Management”. March 14, 2013. Moscow, Russia.

The rising importance of Azerbaijan and the Caspian region in the supply of gas to Europe. International Scientific Conference of Young Researchers. April, 2013. Baku, Azerbaijan.