Řystein Noreng is Professor of Petroleum Economics and Management at BI Norwegian School of Management,Oslo, Norway. He holds undergraduate degrees in history and economics, a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo, and a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Paris (Sorbonne-I). He has been a Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Trygve Lie Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Energy Studies, Stanford University (1977-1978) visiting research scholar and King Olav V Birthday Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1986-1987), Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (2002), Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Economics, New York University (2007-08).
Professor Noreng began his professional career as Research Fellow at the Norwegian Humanities Research Council (1968-1971) and continued as Counsellor, Planning Department, Norwegian Ministry of Finance (1973-1976) and Research and Planning Manager, Marketing Department, Statoil (1976-1977). Since 1977 he has been Professor at BI Norwegian School of Management. Professor Noreng has had many teaching and research assignments at Norwegian and foreign universities and institutions and numerous consultancies for Norwegian, foreign and international public and private organizations. He has also been an expert witness at national and international courts. His most important books are Oil Politics in the 1980s (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978) The Oil Industry and Government Strategy in the North Sea (London: Croom Helm, 1980) Oil and Islam (London: Wiley, 1997) Crude Power (London: I.B. Tauris 2002), revised edition 2005.