Sam is Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the School of Geography and the Environment. He joined Oxford University and Reuben College in spring 2021 from the London School of Economics, where he was director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Sam is Research Director of Oxford Net Zero, a university-wide initiative which brings together leading researchers from across the university to provide advice and expertise on how to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions in time to halt global warming. He is also a Co-Investigator of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), an ESRC-funded Network Plus, which analyses and supports climate action in the UK at the local level.
An environmental economist by background, Sam has studied economics at the University of Berne (Switzerland), the London School of Economics and University College London.