David Buchan has been with the Institute since 2007. He was educated in Oxford and Geneva. He started his writing career in 1970 with The Economist and in 1975 joined the Financial Times where he remained until 2006. He was based in Brussels, Washington DC and Paris and covered energy, defence, the Soviet bloc and diplomacy. At the Institute he has specialised in European Union energy and climate policy, publishing a book Energy and Climate Change: Europe at the Crossroads, in 2009, and a paper on Eastern Europe’s energy and climate challenges in 2010 (as well as a paper on Californian energy and climate policy), and a paper in 2012 on Germany’s ‘energy turnaround’. He wrote From Liberalisation to Intervention: Europe, the UK and the Changing Agenda in Ian Rutledge and Philip Wright (eds.),UK Energy Policy and the End of Market Fundamentalism, Oxford University Press, 2011. He also wrote the energy chapter in Policy-making in the European Union, published by OUP in 2010, and the Rough Guide to the Energy Crisis published by Penguin in 2010.
He is currently researching the risks to the integrity of the EU energy market posed by the existence of different national subsidy schemes for renewables and by the demands for compensating national subsidies for conventional back-up power capacity.