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Room S63, Edward Wright Building, University of Aberdeen


Dr. Abdul-Salam is an applied economist with long-standing research interest in energy economics. A significant aspect of his work involves economic modelling using constrained optimisation and empirical analysis techniques. He is an expert in GAMS (General Algebraic Modelling Systems), MATLAB and STATA software. His previous research focused on issues related to access to energy in developing countries; and design, development and maintenance of standalone and/or web-based economic assessment software.  More recently however, his research is focused on oil and gas economics, with emphasis on the UK Continental Shelf. He currently holds the University of Aberdeen Strategic Investment Position for research in oil and gas economics.

Dr. Abdul-Salam is convenor of the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF). Within the University of Aberdeen Business School, he is programme director of the MSc/LLM Energy Economics and Law programme and the MSc Energy Economics and Finance programme. Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy Economics Research and Policy (CEERP) at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. 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. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen; an Affiliated Member of CEERP; and has served as consultant for the Scottish Government. He has refereed for several international journals including 'Energy Economics', 'Energy Policy' and 'Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews'. He serves as external PhD examiner for the University of Dundee.


  • PhD Economics 
    2014 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MSc Economics 
    2010 - University of Aberdeen 
  • BSc Chemical Engineering 
    2008 - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Programme Director: MSc/LLM Energy Economics and Law

Programme Director: MSc Energy Economics and Finance

Convenor/Editor: Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance

Member: Education Quality Assurance Sub-Committe of the Business School, University of Aberdeen

Member: Online Education Committee of the Business School, University of Aberdeen

External Memberships

External PhD Examiner, University of Dundee, Dundee

Honorary Research Fellow, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen

Associate Member, Centre for Energy Economics Research and Policy, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Latest Publications

  • Energy Transition in the UKCS: Modelling the Effects of Carbon Emission Charges on Upstream Petroleum Operations

    Abdul-Salam, Y., Kemp, A., Phimister, E.
    Energy Economics, vol. 108, 105898
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An Assessment of the Economic Viability of the Controversial Cambo Field in the UKCS

    Abdul-Salam, Y.
    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Discussion Papers
  • Understanding the economic barriers to the adoption of agroforestry: A Real Options analysis

    Abdul-Salam, Y., Ovando, P., Roberts, D.
    Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 302, no. Part A, 113955
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Real Options Analysis of the Effects of Oil Price Uncertainty and Carbon Taxes on the Optimal Timing of Oil Field Decommissioning

    Abdul-Salam, Y.
    The Energy Journal, vol. 43, no. 6
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Modelling offshore oil and gas decommissioning decision under oil price uncertainty and financial security obligations: a case study of the UKCS

    Regalado, A., Kemp, A., Abdul-Salam, Y., Macpherson, A.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

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Research Overview

1. Oil and Gas Economics; Financial Modelling; Decommissioning; UK Continential Shelf; Access to Energy; Developing Countries

2. Software Development: Download my software; Stochastic Anaerobic Digestion Economic Assessment Tool (SADEAT). See associated SADEAT software publication; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S235271101830058X

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Economics.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Economics
  • Econometrics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Working Papers in 2020

Energy Transition in the UKCS: Modelling the Effects of Carbon Emission Charges on Upstream Petroleum Operations



Teaching Responsibilities

Petroleum and Energy Economics (Course Coordinator)

Offshore Oil and Gas Decommissioning (Course Developer and Coordinator)

Quantitative Methods for Energy Economics (Course Coordinator)

Quantitative Methods (Course Coordinator)

Business Economics


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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals

Working Papers and Discussion Papers