Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa 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 has been an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri since June 2010. He holds a PhD in geography from the French Institute of Geopolitics (University of Paris 8) and is also the editor-in-chief of the newsletter Africa Energy Intelligence (Indigo Publications Group). He teaches the Geopolitics of oil and gas in Africa and the specific cooperation between Gulf countries and Africa within HEC Executive masters. He is also a guest lecturer at the Netherlands Diplomatic Academy (Clingendael).

His research focuses on the governance of the oil and gas sector in African countries. He is particularly interested in conflicts between different actors (local, national, international) for the control of oil areas as well as border disputes related to oil and gas fields. Benjamin Augé also works on the relations between the African continent and some other external powers (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Cuba and Israel) and on the African Union issues. 

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