University of California, Berkeley
Sam Miles is a Ph.D. student in the Energy and Resources Group, and in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focus is at the intersection of the scalability challenge for electricity mini-grids and the socio-economic characteristics of urbanization in Africa, particularly for the artisans and entrepreneurs who constitute the ‘productive’ users of such energy systems. He engages with these questions as an INFEWS (Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems) NSF scholar. Previous to life at ERG, Sam worked as a freelance writer covering technology in emerging markets, an educator at the African Leadership University in Mauritius, and as an international development consultant based in West Africa. He holds an M.A. in International Energy from Sciences Po — Paris and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale.