Paul Stevens is a Professor at UCL International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) and a Senior Research Fellow (Energy) at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London.
Educated as an economist and as a specialist on the Middle East at Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies; 1973-1979 teaching at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon interspersed with two years as an oil consultant; 1979-93 at the University of Surrey. Between 1993 and 2008, he was Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland, a chair created by BP. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Dundee.
Professor Stevens has published extensively on energy economics, the international petroleum industry, economic development issues and the political economy of the Gulf.
He also works as a consultant for many companies and governments. In March 2009 he was presented with the OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research.