Dr Oliver Nelson Gonsalves

Dr Oliver Nelson Gonsalves

Associate Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Global energy transition and sustainable energy security
  • Grid-interactive renewable energy in India and China
  • Energy geopolitics
  • Global oil and gas industry


  • Associate Fellow, National Maritime Foundation (NM), New Delhi (July 2019- present)
  • Editor, Energy Review, Energy Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (April-December 2019)
  • Teaching Assistant, Energy Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (March-May 2019)
  • Editorial Assistant, Dezan Shira and Associates, New Delhi (January-July 2018)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA University), Baku, Azerbaijan (August-October 2017)
  • Research Assistant, Energy Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (March-August 2017)
  • Research Intern, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (February-June 2015)


  • PhD in Energy Studies, Thesis: ‘Energy Transition in India and Germany: Developments in Grid-connected in Wind and Solar Energy, 2006-2016’, Energy Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2015-2019)
  • M.Phil Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, New Delhi (2014)
  • M.A. Politics (with specialisation in International Relations), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2012)
  • B.A. (Political Science with Honours), St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai (2010)


  • ‘Chinese Interests in the Indian Ocean Region,’ online lecture at the Department of Foreign Languages (Chinese Language), Sanchi University of Buddhist Indic Studies, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, 11 June, 2020, URL: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=255517485512857
  • ‘Hydrocarbons in the Arctic: Geopolitical Implications for India’, Climate Change and Security: Implications of ‘Securitization’ for International and National Realms, Climate Change conference organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), New Delhi, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, at the Zuri Kumarakom Resort, Kerala, 21-22 February 2020
  • ‘Side-stepping the Malacca Strait Dilemma: Exploring the Canadian Alternative to Mitigate China’s Oil Insecurity’, presentation at the Institute of Chinese Studies’ Wednesday Seminar, held at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi, 19 February 2020, URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fk0-MTe3-w
  • ‘Seabed Mineral Resources and Oil – How Feasible is this pursuit?’, The South China Sea: Current Challenges and Future Perspective, International Conference on South China Sea, dialogue organised by the Centre for Security Studies (CSS), Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O. P. Jindal Global University, at India International Centre, New Delhi, 29 November 2019
  • ‘Energy and Maritime Commerce: An Indian Perspective’, Maritime Security Challenges: Sharing Perspectives’, Inaugural Dialogue between the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) and the International Institute for Migration and Security Research (IIMSR), Bulgaria, at the NMF Conference Room, New Delhi, 13-14 November 2019
  • ‘Identifying Geopolitical Vulnerabilities in the South China Sea: Examining Economic Interests and Legal Avenues’, Vulnerability of Maritime Zones and their Impact on Regional Stability and Economic Development, Panelist, workshop organised by the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi, the Embassy of Vietnam, New Delhi and the Centre for Vietnam Studies, New Delhi at the NMF Conference Room, New Delhi, 9 September, 2019
  • ‘Understanding the Geopolitical Significance of the International Solar Alliance’, Annual International and Area Studies Convention, organised by the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 30 January-1 February 2019
  • ‘Positioning Energy Transition in Energy Security: A study of China’s Energy Demand Management Policies’, Trends & Transformations in China’s Geo-Politics, Strategy, Society & Business, jointly organised in Chennai by Chennai Centre for China Studies and the National Maritime Foundation – Tamil Nadu, 8-9 June 2018
  • ‘Coal Versus Renewables in India: Analysing the Ascending and the Entrenched in Energy Transition’, International Conference on Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, organised by the School of Humanities and Social Science, G. D. Goenka University, Gurugram, Haryana, 17-18 April 2018
  • ‘Energy Transition in India: Attaining the high water mark of utility-scale renewables’, Energy Studies Faculty-Scholars Seminar, organised by the Energy Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 15 March 2017

All Publications



Author: Abstract      Excess crude oil in the global market, coupled with the drastic reduction of consumption in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant curtailment of seaborne transport, have led to a phenomenon hitherto unseen in the 160 years since the beginning of the mass production of crude oil.  The resulting historically […]
  1. Oliver Gonsalves, “The Labor Market in India: Structure and Costs,” India Briefing, January 17, 2019, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/labor-market-india-structure-costs-18264.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  2. Oliver Gonsalves, “Obtaining Environmental Approvals in India,” India Briefing, July 10, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/obtaining-environmental-approvals-india-17208.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  3. Oliver Gonsalves, “Make in India: Incentives for Electronic System and Design Manufacturing,” India Briefing, July 12, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/india-incentives-electronics-design-manufacturing-17229.html/
  4. Oliver Gonsalves, “Why Singapore is a Hub for Indian Businesses,” India Briefing, June 19, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/singapore-business-hub-indian-companies-17090.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  5. Oliver Gonsalves, “India Russia Bilateral Ties: Spotlight on Modi, Putin Informal Summit,” India Briefing, May 22, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/india-russia-bilateral-ties-spotlight-modi-putin-informal-summit-16888.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  6. Oliver Gonsalves, “Eastern Peripheral Expressway Lays Infrastructure Challenges Bare for Investors,” India Briefing, May 15, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/eastern-peripheral-expressway-india-infrastructure-challenges-investors-16825.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  7. “Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Examining the Scope for SMEs,” India Briefing, May 08, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/corporate-social-responsibility-india-examining-scope-smes-16775.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  8. Oliver Gonsalves, “India’s Auto Component Industry: Investment Incentives by Location,” India Briefing, April 26, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/indias-auto-component-industry-investment-incentives-location-16698.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  9. Oliver Gonsalves, “Auto Components Manufacturing in India: Robust Investment Outlook, Growth Potential,” India Briefing, April 19, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/auto-components-manufacturing-india-investment-outlook-robust-16654.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  10. Oliver Gonsalves, “India’s Industrial Water Rates and Supply,” India Briefing, April 05, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/industrial-water-rates-india-supply-16547.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  11. Oliver Gonsalves, “India’s Solar and Wind Power Industries: Scope for Investors”, India Briefing, March 15 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/india-solar-wind-industry-scope-investors-16346.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27
  12. Oliver Gonsalves, “India-Iran DTAA – A Step Forward in India’s Economic Engagement with Central Asia”, India Briefing, March 7, 2018, URL: https://www.india-briefing.com/news/india-iran-dtaa-engagement-with-central-asia-16269.html/?hilite=%27oliver%27%2C%27gonsalves%27

Sudershan Singh, Rahul Ranjan and Oliver Nelson Gonsalves, ‘Decomposing the Gaps in Access to LPG across Socio-Religious Groups in Rural India,’ Journal of Social Inclusion Studies, October 2020, https://doi.org/10.1177/2394481120944780

  • Oliver Nelson Gonsalves, “Resisting Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea – The Significance of Vietnam’s Oil and Gas Industry,” FPRC Journal, Volume 44, No 4, quarterly journal of the Foreign Policy Research Centre, New Delhi, ISSN 2277 – 2464.
  • Oliver Nelson Gonsalves (2020), “Pandemics and their Voyage across Oceans: The case of the SS Talune,” Seagull, Vol. XXV, No. 102: 27-29, quarterly magazine of the Indian Maritime Foundation, Pune.