Dr. Li-Chen Sim is an Assistant Professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. She is a specialist on the international and domestic political economy of Russian and Gulf energy (oil, gas, renewables, and nuclear).
Her publications include The Rise & Fall of Privatization in the Russian Oil Industry (Palgrave, 2008), Economic Diversification in Russia (Routledge, 2017) and External Powers and the Gulf Monarchies (Routledge, 2018). Dr Sim is currently working on a co-edited book Alternative Energy in the Middle East and North Africa (Palgrave 2020) which will include her chapter on the politics of nuclear energy. At the same time, she is also working on projects related to Gulf-Asia energy relations and Sino-Russian relations in the Middle East.
Her work has appeared on Lobelog, Rising Powers, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, and World Energy, among other platforms. She is also active on the lecture circuit and is much in demand as a guest speaker, including at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, National Defense College, Khalifa University, and New York University.