“My thesis looks into the economics of CCS from the perspective of CO2 enhanced oil recovery...

“Human development, since the industrial revolution, has largely been fuelled by fossil fuels which has led to enormous greenhouse gas emissions. The scientific consensus is that these increases in emissions are responsible for climate change. One way of achieving more sustainable development with the continued use of fossil fuels is a technology called Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). This technology involves capturing CO₂ emissions from large industrial sources and further transporting it and sequestrating the CO2 in geological formations. Unfortunately, current CO₂ capturing technologies are very costly, and the CO₂ captured from the anthropogenic sources has no economic value. It is anticipated that oil producers will be interested in CO2 for the enhanced oil recovery. My thesis looks into the economics of CCS from the perspective of CO2 enhanced oil recovery, which could further develop the permanent CO2 storage in the UK North Sea in a cost-efficient way and kick-start a CCS industry in the UK.

“My supervisors were great and supported me throughout my PhD journey.”

“I initially came to Aberdeen to study a masters in economics. During my masters degree I decided that I would like to develop my research through a PhD. Since starting my PhD I have received so much help and support from the University. My supervisors were great and supported me throughout my PhD journey. The University of Aberdeen has a welcoming community and there are many University clubs and societies. I am part of the Kazakh society and contributed by making Kazakh traditional food during Kazakh New Year Celebration. We invite all of our friends from international backgrounds so that they can experience Kazakh culture.”

“I like living in Aberdeen for the quiet and cosy atmosphere it offers”

“Scotland’s landscape is so beautiful and has a lot to offer to people who like hiking, walking, sailing and cycling. I loved hiking when I was in Norway and I have been able to continue that here. I like living in Aberdeen for the quiet and cosy atmosphere it offers. It is a small town, which is easy to commute within. I used to cycle to the University, and I find Aberdeen drivers and roads very friendly for a cyclist. The University has a bike shop where you can borrow a bike for the whole term. I love the Aberdeen Sports Village, which is located very close to the campus. It offers high-class training facilities and classes at very affordable prices for students.”

“Students from all over the world come to study and University’s leading reputation is recognised globally”

“Students from all over the world come to study here and University’s leading reputation is recognised globally. I also studied several additional courses, which enhance the overall PhD experience, and is something that I would highly advise new PhD students to do in their first years. I intend to go on and work in industry, but I love doing research and I believe that it will always be part of my professional life.”