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Xiaoyi Mu

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Biography

Dr Xiaoyi (Shawn) Mu is a Senior Lecturer in energy economics at the centre. He joined the centre in May 2008. Before joining the Centre, between 2006 and 2008, he was a Senior Consultant at Global Energy Decisions (now ABB Ventyx) in California, providing advisory services on electricity prices and asset valuation of power plants. From 1994 to 2000, he worked as an analyst and manager at the headquarters of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and PetroChina, engaged in strategic planning and coordination of marketing activities in the refining and marketing division, and crude oil sales and planning at the natural gas and pipelines division.

Dr Mu is a member of International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and won two Best Student Paper Awards (first places) in its international and North American Conferences.  

Research

Industry organization applied to energy industries

Commodity pricing and volatilities

Regulation and restructuring of energy industries

China energy policy

Teaching

Petroleum Economics and Policy (CP51009)

The aim of this module is to equip students with the economic, technical, and institutional knowledge for understanding the working of the international petroleum industry and to develop students’ capacity in analyzing the economic and policy problems associated with international oil and gas markets. The module is organized along the petroleum product value chain, such as exploration and development, production, refining and marketing, and natural gas monetization. By completing this module, students should have the knowledge and understanding of demand, supply and price dynamics of oil, gas and refined petroleum products and the skills to analyze trends and issues in oil and gas markets and to evaluate petroleum projects, contracts, and policies. The module is designed for an interdisciplinary audience and will not require a background in economics.

Economics of Regulation and Restructuring of Energy Industries

This main aim of the module is to introduce students to the rational for and
methods of economic regulation in energy and infrastructure industries, such as
the rate-of-return regulation, price-cap regulation and franchise bidding; the
issues related to regulation and deregulation; and the reasons for and pathways
of restructuring of energy industries. It draws upon recent theoretical and
empirical advances in public economics and industrial organization, and is
intended to provide students with an analytical framework for regulatory and
public policy analysis and a rigorous foundation for further study.

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