Sam is Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Smith School and the School of Geography and the Environment. Before moving to Oxford, Sam was Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, where he remains a Visiting Professor.
Sam works at the intersection of research and public policy. He is interested in the policy interventions and governance arrangements that are needed for a smooth transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. He has also worked on climate change adaptation and sustainable growth in developing countries.
Outside academia, Sam is an Associate Director of economics consultancy Vivid Economics. He was an inaugural member of the UK Climate Change Committee and its Adaptation Sub-Committee, and he served as a non-executive Director of CDC Group, the UK's development finance institution.
Earlier in his career, Sam worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), where he was Deputy Chief Economist, the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility. He has studied economics at the University of Berne (Switzerland), the London School of Economics and University College London.
Sam's recent publications include:
Atkinson, G. and Fankhauser, S. (eds.) (2019)
. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. pp. 896. ISBN: 978 1 78643 910 9.
Fankhauser, S. (ed.) (2019)
. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. pp. 912. ISBN: 978 1 78897 152 2.
Averchenkova, A., Fankhauser, S. and Nachmany, M. (eds.) (2017)
. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. pp. 232. ISBN: 978 1 78643 577 4.
Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Smith School and the School of Geography and the Environment.
University of Berne
London School of Economics
University College London
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