Indra Overland

Norweigan Institute of International Affairs

Indra Overland is Research Professor and Head of the Center for Energy Research at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and has been Associate Professor II at the University of Tromsø, Professor II at the Nord University, and Senior Advisor at the Nordic Research Board (NordForsk). Indra works on the international politics of energy and climate and has special competence on the FSU and ASEAN.


Thijs Van de Graaf, Indra Overland, Daniel Scholten, & Kirsten Westphal. 2020. “The new oil? The geopolitics and international governance of hydrogen,” Energy Research and Social Science (December 2020).

Kacper Szulecki & Indra Overland. 2020. “Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal: A conceptual review,” Energy Research and Social Science (November 2020).

Caroline Kuzemko, Michael Bradshaw, Gavin Bridge, Andreas Goldthau, Jessica Jewell, Indra Overland, Daniel Scholten, Thijs Van de Graaf, & Kirsten Westphall. 2020. “Covid-19 and the politics of sustainable energy transitions,” Energy Research and Social Science (October 2020).

Rahat Sabyrbekov & Indra Overland. 2020. “Why Choose to Cycle in a Middle-Income Country,” Sustainability (September 2020).

Stella Tsani & Indra Overland. 2020. “Sovereign Wealth Funds and Public Financing for Climate Action.” In Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Berlin: Springer (July 2020).

Roman Vakulchuk, Indra Overland, & Daniel Scholten. 2020. “Renewable Energy and Geopolitics: A Review,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (April 2020).

Indra Overland & Benjamin Sovacool. 2020. “The misallocation of climate research funding,” Energy Research and Social Science (April 2020).

Haakon Fossum Sagbakken, Indra Overland, Monika Merdekawati, Hoy-Yen Chan and Beni Suryadi. 2020. “Climate Change, Security and Regional Cooperation in ASEAN,” ASEAN Focus (March 2020).

Daniel Scholten, Morgan Bazilian, Indra Overland, & Kirsten Westphal. 2020. “The Geopolitics of Renewables: New Board, New Game,” Energy Policy (March 2020).

Ole Jacob Sending, Indra Overland, & Thomas Boe Hornburg. 2020. “Climate Change and International Relations: A Five-Pronged Research Agenda,” Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University) (January 2020)

Indra Overland, Morgan Bazilian, Talgat Ilimbek Uulu, Roman Vakulchuk, & Kirsten Westphal. 2019. “The GeGaLo index: Geopolitical gains and losses after energy transition,” Energy Strategy Reviews (November 2019).

Indra Overland. 2019. “The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy: Debunking Four Emerging Myths,” Energy Research and Social Science (March 2019).

Indra Overland. 2019. “EU Climate and Energy Policy: New Challenges for Old Energy Suppliers.” In New Political Economy of Energy in Europe Power to Project, Power to Adapt, Cham: Palgrave MacMillan (January 2019).

Indra Overland & Gunilla Reischl. 2018. “A Place in the Sun? IRENA’s Position in the Global Energy Governance Landscape,” International Environmental Agreements (January 2018).

Media Coverage

Indra Overland & Benjamin Sovacool article cited in Social sciences miss out on climate change research funding,” Times Higher Education, January 16, 2020.

Indra Overland interviewed by Edward Clowes in Why Siberia is so reluctant to beat its addiction to coal,” The Telegraph, December 2, 2019.

Indra Overland interviewed by Manuela Saragosa in Is the Sun Setting on Saudi Oil? BBC World Service, October 18, 2019.

Indra Overland interviewed by Emiliano Bellini in Renewables and geopolitics: “There won’t be as much to fight over,”” PV Magazine, August 22, 2019.

Indra Overland’s work “Impact of climate change on ASEAN international affairs” cited by David Fogarty. “Singapore Banks Under Scrutiy over Coal Lending,” The Straits Times, March 12, 2018.

Indra Overland cited by Dominic Dudley in Renewables Industry Starts To Grapple With The Geopolitical Impact Of Shift To Green Energy,” Forbes, January 14, 2018.

Indra Overland quoted by Sarah McFarlane in Cold War in the Arctic: Russia, Norway dig in,” Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2017.

Indra Overland quoted by Meghan O’Sullivan in Renewables won’t end geopolitics of energy,” Japan Times, August 24, 2017.

Indra Overland quoted by Meghan O’Sullivan in Switch to Renewables Won’t End the Geopolitics of Energy,” Bloomberg, August 21, 2017.

Indra Overland quoted by Belén Domínguez Cebrián. Noruega se enchufa al siglo que viene,” El Pais, February 21, 2017.

Indra Overland quoted by Bob Weber in Survey praises Canadian Arctic companies for respecting Indigenous rights,” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, February 10, 2017.

Indra Overland quoted by Richard Milne. “Nordic nations restore Russia contacts,” Financial Times, December 1, 2016.

Indra Overland quoted by Olivia Ward. Oil fuelling Saudi-Iran geopolitical ambitions,” Toronto Star, January 11, 2016.

Indra Overland quoted by David Crouch. TV drama depicting Russian invasion premieres in Norway,” The Guardian, October 2, 2015.