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Global Impact of Unconventional Energy Resources

Global Impact of Unconventional Energy Resources

Global Impact of Unconventional Energy Resources


Manochehr Dorraj, Ken Morgan,


Anas Alhajji, Stefan Andreasson, Larry Brogdon, Tina Hunter, Bijan Khajehpour, Tatiana Mitrova, Isidro Morales, Thomas B. Murphy, Silke Popp, Michael Slattery, David Yoxtheimer


The chapters in this volume represent the latest thinking on the development and exploration of unconventional energy resources in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa and shed light on its potential and future prospects in these respective regions. The diversity of thinking about the “shale revolution” is also evident in our case studies. Throughout many countries in Europe for example, there is a strong preference for investment in renewable sources of energy over the fossil fuels.

In addition to environmental concerns, the falling price of renewables, have also made them more attractive financially. Consequently, global investment in renewables is outpacing that of fossil fuel two to one. Watching this trend, in 2017, the Chinese government has pledged to invest $360 billion on renewable energy. This would make China the largest investor in development of renewables in the world.

Other obstacles to development of shale oil and gas in other parts of the world include, lack of adequate shale resources (Africa), the abundance of conventional energy resources (Middle East and North Africa), high cost of production (Russia, China, Japan) and political opposition to hydraulic fracturing (France and Poland). Despite these sentiments the economic imperatives (providing employment) also play a significant role in determining the future prospects for unconventional energy resources globally.


About the Authors

Manochehr Dorraj is professor of political science at Texas Christian University.

Ken Morgan is director of the Energy Institute at Texas Christian University.

Product details:

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (November 26, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1498566073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1498566070
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ISBN-13: 978-1498566070
  • ISBN-10: 1498566073

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Editorial Reviews

As humankind figures out how to provide energy in a sustainable way for the Earth’s growing population in the future, the story of unconventional energy—specifically, how these resources came about, and what their arrival means for all of us—will figure prominently in our discussions and planning about what to do next. Dorraj and Morgan are the perfect choice to tell this story via the many and varied contributions captured in this book. This makes a valuable contribution to this important topic. (Robert K. Perrons, Queensland University of Technology)

Unconventional oil and gas resources are contributing a growing share to the world’s fossil fuel supply, and will continue to do so for a while, despite the growth of low carbon energy. Ken Morgan and Manochehr Dorraj have performed a valuable task by assembling a group of specialists to provide insightful accounts of the most important of these resources. The analyses cover a range of historical, technological, commercial and regulatory issues, and provide the reader with a solid understanding of this important source of energy. (Philip Andrews-Speed, National University of Singapore)


Isidro Morales is a Mexican researcher and professor who studied at Sciences-Po, Paris, and has lectured in many leading universities in Mexico, Europe, Canada and the US, i.e. El Colegio de México , University of Copenhagen,the Watson Institute of the University of Brown, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), American University, etc. He has published extensively on energy, integration and trade-related topics. His main research areas are the following: the geopolitics and geo-economics of energy, trade and investment markets; the political economy of regional integration; Mexico-U.S. trade relations; and U.S.- Latin American relations. He also loves to write essays on historical and identity processes in Mexico and Latin America. He is currently Editor in Chief of “Latin American Policy. The Journal of Politics and Governance of a Changing Region” (, a biannual journal distributed by Wiley-Blackwell, and professor and researcher at the School of Government of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Santa Fe campus, in Mexico City.


Emanuel Martin
Emanuel Martin is a Petroleum Engineer graduate from the Faculty of Engineering and a musician educate in the Arts Faculty at National University of Cuyo. In an independent way he’s researching about shale gas & tight oil and building this website to spread the scientist knowledge of the shale industry.

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