Freshman reading list

Accepted to the EPS program? Eager to read? Here are some books and articles that will help you get ready for your studies at Masaryk University. Hint: You can access journals and journal articles via remote access to University's subscriptions.

Security Studies and International Relations

Security Studies and International Relations are the root disciplines of the emerging Energy Security Studies field of study. Being aware of their theoretical foundations helps understand and interpret energy policy patterns found around the World.

  • Williams, P. D. (2008). Security Studies: An introduction. Routledge.
  • McGlinchey, S. (2016). International Relations. Bristol: E-International Relations Publishing. Available here.
  • Lawson, S. (2015). Theories of International Relations: Contending approaches to world politics. Polity Press.


International energy transactions take place exclusively in the form of trade. Basic knowledge of economics is therefore necessary for understanding the global energy exchange and market forces behind concerete energy policies.

  • Begg, D., Vernasca, G., Fischer, S., & Dornbusch, R. (2014). Economics. London: McGraw Hill.

International Political Economy

It seems that the world around does not fully fit into the neoclassical economists' models. Is there any scientific discipline to reflect it?

  • Ravenhill, J. (2010). Global political economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Oatley, M. (2013). International Political Economy. London: Longman.


Designing energy markets cannot go without regulation. So, what is regulation?

  • Baldwin, R., Cave, M., & Lodge, M. (2013). Understanding Regulation: Theory, Strategy, and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

European Union

Energy policy pursued by the European Union shapes the energy strategies of the individual member states and influences the global energy industry. Understanding the EU's decision-making processes is a prerequisite for acquiring one of the ESS graduates' biggest comparative advantages: a robust knowledge of the extremely complex matter of the EU energy policy. Also, looking at the EU case, you can practice everything you learned from the readings above.

  • Wallace, H. S., Pollack, M. A., & Young, A. R. (2015). Policy-making in the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Energy security

A brief peek at the substance and conceptual reflection of the term "Energy security" would not hurt.

  • Sovacool, B. K. (2011). The Routledge handbook of energy security. Routledge.
  • Chester, L. (2010). Conceptualising energy security and making explicit its polysemic nature. Energy Policy, 38(2), 887–895. Available here.
  • Whatever captures your interest in the Energy Research and Social Science journal

Social science methodology

There is a lot of writing at the ESS Program. Make sure you are familiar with the necessary tools for designing and conducting a research.

  • Punch, K. (2005). Introduction to social research: quantitative and qualitative approaches. London: SAGE Publications.
  • Kelly, A. P. (2016). Social research methods. London: London School of Economics. Available here.
  • Outhwaite, W., & Turner, S. (2007). The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology. London: SAGE Publications.