Agshin Umudov

Ph.D. Kandidat
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs
Free University of Berlin, Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Sciences

Ph.D. Title: Environmental policy-making in Azerbaijan: oil industry and coastal pollution

Agshin Umudov is a PhD Student at the Otto– Suhr Institute for Political Sciences, Free University of Berlin. In his PhD research, he looks at why environmental policy making is not effective in dealing with the oil industry driven coastal pollution. He investigates the problem through lenses of the theories/assumptions of path dependence, rentier state and non-decision (un-politics) making. Additionally, environmental policies on the reduction of GHG emissions in Azerbaijan is also looked at in order to analyze the variation across environmental sub-policy areas.

He gained an MA in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig/Germany and MSc in Peace and Conflict Research from the Uppsala University/Sweden. He holds a BA in International Relations from the Qafqaz University/Baku. Before joining the CREES program in 2012, he worked as a research assistant at the Department of European Studies and International Relations of the Qafqaz University in Baku. 2012-2013 he worked as a project assistant at Renewables Academy (RENAC AG) in Berlin for the “TrEff –Training in Energy Efficiency” project, financed by German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to support energy efficiency initiatives in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. He has done internships at the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry in Baku, the International Strategic Research Institute/USAK in Ankara, the International Network of Engineers and Lawyers for Global Responsibility in Berlin.


2015, “Energy Security and the Strategic Eclipse: where to place the Caspian Basin?” in Johan Landgren Olja för Blåbär Energi, Makt Och Hållbarhet (Oil for blueberry: Energy Market and Sustainability), Lidingö: Fri Tanke förlag.

2014, Dictionary of Energy Terms, Qafqaz University Press, Baku, Available at

2013, “EU’s energy policy: importance of the Caspian region”, Blue Black Sea: New Dimensions of History, Security, Politics, Strategy, Energy and Economy, ed. by Giray Saynur Bozkurt, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.

2011, “Outbreak of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia: a comparative glance”, Journal of Qafqaz University, Issue 30, 2011, pp.77-86.

2010, “Foreign Investment and Political Regimes: the Oil Sector in Azerbaijan, Russia, and Norway”, Book Review, Journal of Central Asian and Caucasian Studies (JCACS), Vol:5, No:10.