Associate Research Fellow, Africa Studies Center / Center for Energy and Climate

Research Interests:

  • Oil, gas, governance
  • Hydrocarbon exploitation in transboundary and disputed areas
  • African diplomacies and relations between Africa and the Arab world
  • Algeria, Nigeria, Mauritania, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mozambique


Benjamin Augé is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri since June 2010. He is a PhD graduate 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 oil & gas issues in Africa. He teaches oil and gas geopolitics at the University of Nouakchott in Mauritania and at the Instituto Nacional de Relacoes Internationais (ISRI) in Mozambique. He is also a guest speaker at the diplomatic academy of Netherlands (Clingendael). 

His research focuses on the political management of the hydrocarbons in African states. Benjamin Augé covers 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. Benjamin Augé also works on the relations between the African continent and external partners (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Cuba and Israel).

Domaines d'expertise
Énergie & Climat
Afrique subsaharienne
Élections, gouvernance et évolutions de l’État
L'Afrique dans les relations internationales
Enjeux énergétiques en Afrique