In 2013 UQ Economics is ranked 11th in the world out of 1800 institutions that publish in the field of Energy Economics ( 2013).

The field of energy economics deals with the generation, transmission and distribution of energy in economic systems, both nationally and internationally. How contractual and trading systems determine the prices of different forms of energy is a central concern. In relation to this, the design of regulatory regimes and energy policies are of key interest. The environmental impacts of energy consumption have received increasing attention, particularly in relation to the debate concerning the impacts of carbon emissions. Energy economics is connected with a number of other fields of economics, including economic theory, financial economics, regulatory economics, computational economics, statistics, econometrics, operational research and strategic modelling. Also, research in energy economics generally involves collaboration with researchers in other disciplines, such as electrical engineering, mining and physics.