Sam Downes

Junior Fellow

Sam Downes is a Junior Fellow at Artha Global. His work lies at intersection of cities, urbanisation and climate change. Prior to joining Artha, Sam worked for the British government in the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit in a variety of policy areas spanning from health to crime. Before that he held roles in urban development and infrastructure policy, including at the National Infrastructure Commission where worked on the UK’s first long-term infrastructure assessment, looking ahead to 2050.

Sam holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and a Honorary Masters of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Related Articles


Opinion | We Need To Talk About Climate Change in Global South Cities

In the piece for Devex, Sam Downes argues that cities in the global south need to placed at the centre of the climate agenda, or the global quest for decarbonisation may fall flat. 


Opinion | Are cities holding India back from reaching its ambitious net zero targets?

In this op-ed for Ideas for India, Sam Downes and Jagan Shah look at how urbanisation in India could derail national decarbonsation efforts.


Localising Green Transitions in India

How India is urbanising threatens to block its path to net zero emissions. Cities must be placed at the centre of the conversation around climate change.