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Professor Sam Fankhauser

Professor Sam Fankhauser

Net Zero Expert Contributor

About the Author

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:



  • 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

Uswitch Net Zero tool in cooperation with Professor Sam Fankhauser

Uswitch Net Zero 2050 tool
How can the UK reach Net Zero by 2050?

At Uswitch, in cooperation with Professor Sam Fankhauser, we've analysed the emission data of key sectors to show which industries have the biggest impact on our environment, and how we can all get to net zero emissions by 2050.

To learn how you can make changes in your everyday life to reduce your CO2 emissions, check out Uswitch's Net Zero tool.

Expert commentary from Professor Sam Fankhauser

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