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Luca Franza

Scientific advisor

Luca Franza is a Scientific Advisor to the IAI Energy, Climate and Resources Programme, which he led in 2020-2021. Since June 2021, he serves as Head of EU Institutional Affairs of Italian utility Edison SpA (EDF Group). He is also an Associate Fellow at the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) in The Hague (The Netherlands), a member of two diversity networks at the Atlantic Council (Washington DC), a co-chair of the T20 task force on sustainable energy and climate and a lecturer in the Energy Master of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) – SciencesPo. He earned a PhD at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), with a thesis on the political-economic impact of transformations in long-term gas contracts between the EU and Russia. He graduated in Political Science at LUISS (cum laude) and in International Security with a specialisation in International Energy at SciencesPo (summa cum laude).

Main publications:
"Geopolitics and Italian Foreign Policy in the Age of Renewable Energy" (with Margherita Bianchi and Luca Bergamaschi). Rome, IAI, June 2020, 56 p.
European Energy Security and the Resilience of Southern Mediterranean Countries” (with Coby van der Linde, Pier Stapersma), in Eugenio Cusumano, Stefan Hofmaier (eds), Projecting Resilience Across the Mediterranean, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, p. 125-145
Europe’s Energy Relations: Between Legacy and Transformation” (Dossier), in Clingendael Spectator, Vol. 78, No. 2 (2018)
Geopolitics and the Foreign Policy Dimension of EU Energy Policy” (with Coby van der Linde), in Svein S. Andersen, Andreas Goldthau, Nick Sitter (eds), Energy Union. Europe’s New Liberal Mercantilism?, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 85-98
Outlook for LNG Imports into the EU to 2025”; “Outlook for Gas Imports from New Suppliers into the EU to 2025”; “Outlook for Russian Pipeline Gas Imports into the EU to 2025”, in CIEP Perspectives on EU Gas Market Fundamentals, September 2016
From South Stream to Turk Stream. Prospects for Rerouting Options and Flows of Russian Gas to Parts of Europe and Turkey”, in CIEP Papers, No. 2015|05 (November 2015)
Long-term Gas Import Contracts in Europe. The Evolution in Pricing Mechanisms”, in CIEP Papers, No. 2014|08 (December 2014)
Gas in East Africa. Assessing the Potential for Various Stakeholders”, in CIEP Papers, No. 2013|05 (June 2013)


In the media

  • Is The World’s Most Controversial Pipeline About To Pivot To Hydrogen?

    22 March 2021
  • Natural Gas World: Interview: natural gas expert Luca Franza [gastransition]

    18 January 2021
  • Deutsche Welle - Franza: EastMed Gas Forum fuels energy diplomacy in troubled region

    08 October 2020