University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Gürcan Gülen

Dr. Gürcan Gülen

Dr. Gürcan Gülen

Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
  • Research Interests

    Economics of oil & gas value chains.

    Electricity sector restructuring.

    Energy policy & regulation.

  • Education

    Ph.D. Economics, Boston College, 1996

    B.A. Economics, Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1990

  • Professional History

    Senior Energy Economist, Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (June 2005 – Present).

    Researcher, Institute for Energy Law and Enterprise, University Law Center (June 2002 – May 2005).

    Researcher, Energy Institute, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston (January 1997 – June 2002).

    Scholar in Residence, Duke Energy International, Houston (February 2000 – August 2000).

    Graduate Assistant, Boston College, Department of Economics (September 1990 – May 1996).

  • Selected Publications


    King, Carey, Gülen, Gürcan, Cohen, S., and Nuñez López, Vanessa, 2013, The system-wide economics of a carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage network: Texas Gulf Coast with pure CO2-EOR flood: Environmental Research Letters, v. 8, no. 3, 034030, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034030.

    Gülen, Gürcan, and Soni, M., 2013, The impacts of raising the energy price cap in ERCOT: The Electricity Journal, v. 26, no. 7, p. 43-54.

    Browning, J., Ikonnikova, Svetlana, Gülen, Gürcan, Potter, E., Medlock, K., Male, F., Horvath, S. C., Patzek, T., Fu, Qilong, Roberts, F., and Tinker, S. W., 2013, Barnett Shale production outlook: SPE Economics and Management, v. 5, no. 3, p. 89-104, doi:

    Gülen, Gürcan, Browning, J., Ikonnikova, Svetlana, and Tinker, S. W., 2013, Well economics across ten tiers in low and high Btu (British thermal unit) areas, Barnett Shale, Texas: Energy, v. 60, p. 302-315, doi:

    Gülen, Gürcan, Foss, M. M., and Hitchcock, David, 2003, Guide to electric power in Texas, 3rd edition: Institute for Energy Law and Enterprise, University of Houston Law Center and Houston Advanced Research Center. 

    Foss, M. M., Shenoy, Bhamy, and Gülen, Gürcan, 2000, "Monetizing" stranded gas: the case of Turkmenistan and considerations for explorationists, in International oil and gas exploration: a business perspective: Tulsa, American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

    Ambrose, W. A., Breton, C., Nuñez López, V., and Gülen, G., 2012, Geologic and economic criteria for siting clean-coal facilities in the Texas Gulf Coast, USA: Natural Resources Research, v. 21, no. 4, p. 461‒481.

    Gülen, Gürcan, Wainberg, Miranda L., and Foss, Michelle Michot, 2011, Value creation in national oil companies, in Empirical Methods in Energy Economics Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, July 14.

    King, C., Cohen, S., Coleman S., and Gülen, G. 2010, The economics of an integrated CO2 capture and sequestration system: Texas Gulf Coast case study, GHGT-10 Conference.

    Volkov, Dmitry, Gülen, Gürcan, Foss, Michelle Michot, and Makaryan, Ruzanna, 2009, Gazprom pipeline gas remains key to Europe: Oil and Gas Journal, v. 107, no. 16.

    Gülen, Gürcan, and Essandoh-Yeddu, Joseph, 2008, Economic modeling of carbon dioxide integrated pipeline network for enhanced oil recovery and geologic sequestration in the Texas Gulf Coast region, in GHGT-9, Energy Procedia.

    Gülen, Gürcan and Hossain, Ijaz, 2007, Life-cycle Analysis of Different Urban Transport Options for Bangladesh, Energy Policy, v. 35, p. 4909-4918.

    Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu, Gülen, Gürcan, and Asante, Felix, 2007, “Net WAGP Economic Benefit Requires Ghana Development,” Oil & Gas Journal, August 27, 2007, p. 68-73.

    Foss, M. M., Gurfinkel, M. E., and Gülen, Gürcan, 2006, Historical data provide low-cost estimating tool: Oil & Gas Journal, November.

    Books, Manuals

    Gülen, Gürcan, İzak Atiyas and Tamer Çetin, 2012. Reforming Turkish Energy Markets: Political Economy, Regulation and Competition in the Search for Energy Policy, Springer.

    Gülen, Gürcan, 2011. Defining, Measuring, and Predicting Green Jobs, Copenhagen Consensus Center.

    Gülen, Gürcan, and Wood, Pat, 2009, Laying the Groundwork for Power Competition in Texas, chapter in Electricity Restructuring: Texas Story, a book by American Enterprise Institute.

  • Committees

    Editor, Dialogue, quarterly newsletter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), 2006-2011.

    VP Conferences, USAEE, 2006-2007.

    Officer, Houston Chapter, USAEE, 1998-2001.