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Simon Pirani has written widely about natural gas supply and market issues in Russia, Ukraine and the Caspian region. He is Senior Visiting Research Fellow on the Natural Gas Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Prior to joining the institute in 2007, Simon wrote about the former Soviet countries as a historian and journalist. His most recent book is Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (Pluto Press, 2018).