Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow

Research areas:

  • Oil, gas, electrity
  • Oil and gas border conflicts
  • Countries: Nigeria, Sudan, Mauritania, Angola, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, South Africa


Benjamin Augé has been an Associate Fellow within our program since June 2010. He obtained his Phd in geography from the French Institute of Geopolitics (University of Paris 8), he is otherwise Chief Editor of Africa Energy Intelligence, a newsletter focused on Energy issues in Africa. He is also a guest speaker at the French War College, HEC, Sciences-Po Paris and the École nationale d'administration (National school of administration - ENA).

His research focuses on the economic and political management of the hydrocarbons and electrical sectors in African states. Benjamin Augé takes a particular interest in conflicts between different stakeholders (local, national, and international) for the control of oil zones, as well as in the border disputes linked to shared oil and gas basins. In addition to Nigeria, Angola, Gabon and the Republic of Congo, he studies in particular new and future African hydrocarbon producers such as Sudan, Chad, Mauritania, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania. His PhD thesis focused on oil production in conflict areas notably in the Great Lakes and East Africa region.

All my publications

The study and comparison of different National Oil Companies (NOC) help understanding the political history of Algeria, Nigeria and Angola. The NOC’s role and activities depend on several economic and political aspects. For example, Angolan Sonangol has been the coffer for the Popular Movement...


Nigeria has experienced a political changeover due to the presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 March 2015, enabling Muhammadu Buhari – a retired general who was in power between 1983 and 1985...


The position of oil companies toward East Africa has changed considerably since 2006 when the first reserves in Uganda came to light. However, for many investors interested in the region, it remains difficult to get a clear picture of the scale of developments of this sector.


Nigeria is entering a new electoral cycle, holding its sixth general elections since the restoration of civilian rule in 1999. The elections were initially scheduled for February 14 (presidential elections) and 28 (governorship elections), 2015. The first round has now been postponed until...

All my medias