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Sam Pickard

Research Associate

  • Climate and Sustainability
Portrait of Sam Pickard

Sam Pickard is a Research Associate who brings a technical research background to analysis of wider economic and political issues surrounding sustainable development. His interests include energy transitions, energy poverty/access, and decarbonising development, among others.

With a Master's degree in chemical engineering and a PhD in low-carbon technologies, Sam is an experienced researcher who has worked with academia, industry, and government. Sam spent most of 2017 in Central America working with a local university's renewable energy department, and with a number of rural development NGOs.

Sam's research with ODI has covered many countries and a broad range of issues that range from fossil fuel subsidies and geoengineering, to sustainable development pathways and government policies to combat energy poverty.

  1. The Airport Tracker: uncovering aviation emissions

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Phasing out plastics

  3. Just add water: a landscape analysis of climate finance for water

    Research reports

  4. Phasing out plastics

    Research reports

  5. Phasing out plastics: the electrical and electronic equipment sector

    Research reports

  6. Phasing out plastics: the construction sector

    Research reports

  7. Global plastic consumption can be halved by 2050 to spearhead the green recovery - new ODI report

    Press Release

  8. FAQ 3: oil and gas, poverty, the environment and human rights

  9. FAQ 1: oil and gas, poverty and energy access

  10. FAQ 2: oil and gas, poverty and economic development

  11. Energy safety nets: using social assistance mechanisms to close affordability gaps for the poor

    Research reports

  12. ‘Direct air capture’: can sucking CO2 from the atmosphere really solve climate change?

  13. Clean energy project preparation facilities

    Research reports

  14. Energy safety nets

    Working papers

  15. IPCC 1.5°C Special Report: key next steps for policy-makers

  16. FAQ: coal, poverty and the environment

  17. FAQ: Coal, economic development and poverty reduction

  18. Carbon capture and storage provides no justification for new coal-fired electricity, says ODI

    Press Release

  19. Can carbon capture and storage justify new coal-fired electricity?

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Bridging Costa Rica's green growth gap: how to support further transformation toward a green economy

    Research reports