Sam Loni

Research Associate, New Economics of Deep Decarbonisation


Sam is currently a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, working with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE). His research looks at economic modelling and policy analysis methods in the context of the net-zero energy transition, focusing specifically on integrated assessment models and macroeconomic equilibrium models. He is mainly interested in identifying analytical approaches which can enhance the accuracy of economic models, minimise transition risks, and improve policy outcomes, particularly within emerging economies. 

Prior to joining the Smith School, Sam spent several years working in public policy, first as a Project Officer at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and later as a Program Director at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). 

Sam is currently undertaking a PhD at the London School of Economics (LSE), where his work focuses on the economics of the net-zero energy transition and development in the Middle East. He holds an honours degree in Political Science from Monash University, and two master’s degrees from the University of Oxford: an MSc in Environmental Change & Management (specialising in energy economics), and a Master in Business Administration (specialising in economics and analytics). 


  • Economics of Sustainability
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking
  • Post-Carbon Transition