Richard Davies is Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement and
Internationalisation 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 two 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
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.