Princeton University

Princeton Global Scholar

I was appointed a Princeton Global Scholar at the beginning of Academic Year 2010-11. The Global Scholars Program enables the University to recruit scholars from outside the United States into recurring, multi-year teaching appointments at Princeton in all disciplines and regional studies programs.

As a Princeton Global Scholar, I am expected to “bring vital new voices from abroad to Princeton departments and classrooms to inaugurate and sustain durable ties between Princeton and academic centers of excellence around the world”. I look forward to fulfilling this task through my teaching and through the promotion of international conferences and collaborative research projects with academic institutions in the Arab Gulf countries and Europe.

My appointment runs for a three-year period, 2010-13. Each academic year, I will spend a maximum of ten weeks on campus, including a period of six weeks, normally in the latter half of the Spring Semester, during which I will offer a half-course at the Woodrow Wilson School.

Presently, I expect that in 2012-13 I will be on campus at the following times:

  1. From December 8th to 15th, 2012
  2. From February 23rd to March 2nd, 2013
  3. From March 23rd to May 4th, 2013


Giacomo Luciani is Scientific Director of the Master in International Energy of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences-Po and a Princeton University Global Scholar attached to the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He is also a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and co-director of the Executive Master in Oil and Gas Leadership. He is Senior Advisor to the Gulf Research Center and in this context serves as the Team Leader in the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network Project. He is also actively involved in the POLINARES FP7 research project.

In 2007-10 he was Director, The Gulf Research Center Foundation, Geneva. In 1997-2010, he was Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the SAIS Johns Hopkins University Bologna Centre. From 2000-06, he was Professor of Political Economy and co-director of the Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. In this time, he directed the EUROGULF project within the SYNERGY program and participated in several other EU-supported projects (INDES, ENCOURAGED, MEDSUPPLY, EUROGULFHCT)

His research interests include Political economy of the Middle East and North Africa and Geopolitics of energy. His work has focused primarily on the economic and political dynamics of rentier states and issues of development in the GCC countries. He is a member of the Oxford Energy Policy Club, the Geneva Petroleum Club, and the Energy, Oil and Gas Club of the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP). He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events organized by leading institutions in the field of energy affairs.