Sam Kelly

Sam has particular interest and expertise in Latin America and developing / emerging markets more broadly, including recent work on:

  • the application of core labour standards, decent work, and responsible business conduct in the context of international trade agreements;
  • equal opportunities and social sustainability in the energy sector;
  • labour and human rights risk in extractive and agriculture sectors / supply chains.

Sam’s work encompasses research (quantitative and qualitative) and advisory services, as well as in-company capacity building and assessments, for international organisations, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and private companies.

Before joining Ergon in March 2018, Sam was a postdoctoral research associate in London, where his research focused on labour relations in the context of international trade, political and electoral behaviour, and comparative democratization. He holds an MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Comparative Politics, both from University College London.

Sam has lived, worked, and conducted extensive field research in several Latin American countries and, more recently, in Central Asia. He retains a broad interest in international political economy, including political and electoral behaviour, and in social science research methodology.