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The War in Ukraine and New Challenges in the Mediterranean Geo-Energy Space

6 hour course by Aurèlia Mañé Estrada (Universitat de Barcelona)

  • Schedule: 6 & 7 July (9:00-12:00)
  • Venue: Blanquerna

The aim of this course is to offer historical and conceptual tools for the analysis of the geopolitics of energy in the Mediterranean at the present time.

To this end, the course will focus on four basic aspects. The first, more conceptual and ideological, will explain how the concept of energy geopolitics was born in the 19th century, and how it is associated with relations between states based on an unequal territorial distribution of resources. The second question to be analyzed is how the Mediterranean, after the Second World War, and especially since the 1970s, emerges as an 'oil' territory and is integrated, through OPEC, into a structure of international oil governance that is Atlanticised (what we will call Opepisation). The third element of the course, will set some possible scenarios for the Mediterranean region, for the aftermath of the war in Ukraine in the context of petrolisation of international gas trade. Finally, the course will speculatively relate these changes to a hypothetical future hydrogen geopolitics.

Aurèlia Mañe Estrada
Senior Lecturer at the UB, where she teaches subjects related to economic policy, international energy systems and Political Economy of Energy, and the economies of the Arab world

Doctor in Economic and Business Sciences from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and Master in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

She has been an associate professor at the University of Denver (Colorado, USA) and she is an honorary researcher at the School of History at the University of East Anglia (UK). She also teaches several postgraduate and doctorate courses at several Spanish and foreign universities, and is a visiting professor of the Master's Degree in Arab and Contemporary Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and of the ERASMUS+ Master, GLOCAL at the University of Göttingen.

In the field of university management, she has been coordinator of the Tutorial Action Plan, Academic Secretary and Responsible for international relations at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona and, currently, she is the Rector's Delegate for mobility and international programs at the same university.