Sam’s areas of interest and expertise include:
• Jobs and economic development
• Gender and inclusion in the workplace
• Decent work, core labour standards, industrial relations
• Labour market and skills – analysis, policy, programming (national, sectoral, and enterprise level)
• Energy sector (including renewables), extractives, infrastructure, agribusiness
Sam joined Ergon in 2018. His work encompasses both research and advisory support on policy development and strategic planning (for governments, international organisations, and private companies), as well as in-country technical cooperation and direct work with clients on project implementation.
Sam has worked across many emerging and developing economies, with particular expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. His recent work includes projects for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (and their clients), the World Bank Group, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Training Foundation (ETF), the Leadership Group on Responsible Recruitment and the European Commission covering a wide range of labour, employment, and policy issues.
Before joining Ergon, Sam was a postdoctoral research associate in London, where his research focused on the labour, employment, and governance aspects of economic development and policy. He holds an MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Comparative Politics, both from University College London.