Sam worked in the policy analysis team in the Grantham Research Institute from February 2019 until October 2020. His main areas of focus were climate policy, finance and diplomacy.
Prior to joining the Grantham Research Institute, Sam was a Manager in PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change practice. Sam managed climate policy and financing projects in the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and South Asia. Sam also spent 2 years as part of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, focusing on climate diplomacy in the lead-up to and aftermath of COP21 in 2015. Prior to this, Sam worked at the NGO Renewable World, which installed off-grid energy projects. Sam holds a Masters in Conflict, Governance and Development from the University of York.
- Design of policy frameworks to support NDC implementation
- Financing of renewable energy projects
- Decarbonisation pathways for the energy system
- The intersection between humanitarian response and climate change.
Policy - 2020
An analysis of patent data to identify areas where the UK has comparative advantage in innovation, and where the economic returns in the UK might be large, highlighting technologies that are relevant for achieving net-zero and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
This paper sets out six key areas, where government investment could create jobs and advance the fight against climate change in the UK. Read more
This briefing paper sets out the key areas where strong economic policies and institutions will be needed to foster investment for the post-COVID-19 recovery, building on discussions in the Royal Economic Society's webinar series chaired by Professor Lord Stern. Read more
In advance of the Budget, this policy report highlights areas of the UK economy where the public sector could leverage private investment and in so doing contribute to achieving the strategic priorities of regionally balanced growth and decarbonisation. Read more
The UK needs to adopt a strategic approach to decarbonisation and the transition to net-zero economic growth. This report focuses on the goods and services related to passenger vehicles, identifying the multiple areas in which the UK could be competitive: opportunities lie in diverse goods and services across value chains and stages of innovation. Read more
Policy - 2019
The Grantham Research Institute’s response to the Commons Select Committee inquiry into decarbonisation of the UK economy highlights the Treasury’s unique position in government to drive the transition towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining a focus on economic growth. Read more
News - 2020
A series of proactive, coordinated, net-zero-emissions-aligned investments that the UK can place at the heart of its plan for recovery from COVID-19. Read more
There’s an opportunity to build a new social contract, tackle inequality, foster innovation and adopt a long-term industrial strategy, write Sam Unsworth and Anna Valero, discussing some of the issues raised from a recent webinar hosted by the Royal Economic Society on policies for a strong and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. Read more
News - 2019
Ahead of the General Election, Sam Unsworth analyses the Conservative and Labour Parties’ manifesto pledges on surface transport decarbonisation and the opportunities offered by growth of the zero-emissions transport sector in the UK. Read more
In the coming years the UK will be competing in a race between economies to become cleaner, smarter and more... Read more
Extending climate risk disclosure to customers could yield a range of benefits for insurers, customers and the climate, but the industry will need to deepen the relationships that it holds with customers in order to achieve this, write Swenja Surminski and Sam Unsworth in this post for the Sustainable Finance Leadership series. Read more
Business must deliver a step-change in its own ambitions and discourse if the UK is to meet a 2050 net-zero emissions target, argues Sam Unsworth. Read more