BiographyDr. Abdul-Salam is an applied economist with long-standing research interests in energy and development economics. A significant aspect of his work involves economic modelling using operations research methods (e.g. mathematical optimisation using multiobjective and global optimisation setups) and empirical analysis techniques. He is an expert in the General Algebraic Modelling Systems (GAMS) software, MATLAB and STATA packages for economic analyses. His previous research focused on issues related to access to energy in developing countries, and development of standalone and/or web-based economic assessment tools for academic and industry practitioners. More recently however, his research is focused on oil and gas economics, with particular focus on decommissioning and related issues in the UK Continental Shelf. He currently holds the University of Aberdeen Strategic Investment Post for research in Oil and Gas Economcis (Decommissioning) and works in collaboration with the UK National Decommissioning Centre in this regard.Dr. Abdul-Salam is part of the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance. Within the Business School, he is programme director of the MSc Law and the Economics of Oil and Gas. Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen, he worked as a Research Fellow at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, and as Research Associate at the Centre for Energy Economics Research and Policy (CEERP) at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Within CEERP, he was involved in high dimensional data analytics and database management towards the publication of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy and the BP Energy Outlook, serving as lead analyst on oil, gas and coal trade; global refinery capacity and throughput; and global minerals production (e.g. cobalt, lithium, graphite) for electric battery technologies. He is an honorary Research Fellow at the James Hutton Institute and has served as consultant for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, providing training in use of GAMS for postgraduate students at the University of Dundee. He has refereed for several international journals including Energy Economics, Energy Policy and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.
Oil and Gas Economics; Financial Modelling; Decommissioning; UK Continential Shelf; Access to Energy; Developing Countries
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Programme Director; MSc Law and the Economics of Oil and Gas