Sam is currently pursuing a PhD at the London School of Economics, where his research focuses on the economics of the net-zero energy transition in the Middle East. More specifically, he uses data-driven approaches and computational methods, such as econometrics and machine learning, to analyse structural changes in the energy sector in order to determine how asset price shocks can affect macroeconomic stability, economic growth, and political institutions within countries. 


Since 2015, Sam has been working at the intersection of research and public policy, first as a Project Officer at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), and later as a Program Director at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He holds an honours degree in Political Science from Monash University, and two master’s degrees from the University of Oxford: an MSc in Environmental Change & Management (specialising in energy economics), and a Master in Business Administration (specialising in economics and analytics) – all three awarded with distinctions. Sam is also a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, where he works with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) to improve net-zero economic modelling and policy analysis techniques. 

Research Interests

  • Economic Development
  • Energy Transition
  • Policy Evaluation 
  • Risk Management
  • Computational Methods
  • Middle East 
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