Li-Chen Sim

Assistant Professor

B.A (Hons)             National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1995.
M.Sc (Distinction)  Soviet & Post-Soviet Politics, London School of Economics,
                               United Kingdom,1996.
D.Phil Politics       Oxford University, United Kingdom, 2005.

YearJoined Zayed University: 2007

Affiliations & Collaboration: Co-Liaison Officer for UAE/Gulf for St Antony's College (Oxford)


Li-Chen is a specialist in contemporary Russian politics, and in particular the Russian oil industry and its impact on the country’s politics, economic development and foreign policy.  Her book The Rise & Fall of Privatization in the Russian Oil Industry was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2008 and she is the author of papers/chapters on the role of oil in Russia’s foreign relations (with Azerbaijan and East Asian) and in Russia’s economic development.

Her current research interest centers on the political economy of energy in the UAE. In addition to publications in peer-reviewed journals about the country's nuclear and renewable energy policies, she has also lectured on the topic at INSEAD, Khalifa University, New York University, and the National Defense College (Abu Dhabi). 


Abu Dhabi Campus, FF1-1-057



Teaching Areas

- International Relations
- Politics of Oil  (Undergraduate and Masters levels)
- State, Society & Economy in Europe
- US Foreign Policy

Research and Professional Activities

Research Focus:

Political economy of energy in Russia and the Arabian Gulf countries, specifically:

Oil and Russian foreign policy

Leadership and change in Russian oil companies

Nuclear energy and Russian foreign policy in the Middle East

Renewable and nuclear power in the UAE/Arabian Gulf countries

Economic diversification in Russia and the UAE

My Publication:

Economic Diversification in Russia: Nuclear to the Rescue? (in Sami Mahroum and Yasser Al Saleh eds., Handbook of Economic Diversification, Routledge, forthcoming)

"Re-branding Abu Dhabi: From Oil Giant to Energy Titan", Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, Vol 8, No.1, March 2012.

The Rise & Fall of Privatization in the Russian Oil Industry (Palgrave-Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke, 2008).