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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. Inclusive, Sustainable Economic Transformation


  2. Nexus: compendium. In search of nexus triple wins

    Working papers

  3. The Airport Tracker: uncovering aviation emissions

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Phasing out plastics

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

    Research reports

  6. Phasing out plastics: the construction sector

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

  8. Phasing out plastics

    Research reports

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

    Press Release

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

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

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

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

    Research reports

  14. Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity

    Research reports

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

  16. Clean energy project preparation facilities

    Research reports

  17. Energy safety nets

    Working papers

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

  19. FAQ: coal, poverty and the environment

  20. FAQ: Coal, economic development and poverty reduction