Professor Richard Davies
Richard Davies is Professor of geo-energy at Newcastle University, having previously been Director of the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University. He has been working on hydraulic fracturing for the last ten years, the last several of which have been focused on hydraulic fracturing used to exploit shale gas and oil.
Richard has presented to NGOs, media, regulators and governments across Europe on the risks associated with fracking and published peer-reviewed papers on some of the key risks. He previously spent seven years in the petroleum industry in Aberdeen, London and Houston working for ExxonMobil on development and exploration projects.
In the UK, Richard is an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas. He is agnostic about the issue of shale gas and oil exploitation but very outspoken about his commitment to expanding the evidence base in the European fracking debate. He is Project Lead of ReFINE.