Samuel is an environmental social scientist working on the subjective dimensions of human interactions with environmental change, with a focus on marginal regions of low-income countries. He is currently working for the MIGRADAPT research project in Senegal to which he couples a PhD-thesis at the Centre d’Etudes du Développement Durable (CEDD) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The project and his PhD dig further into migration as adaptation strategy to environmental changes, which over the last decade gained strong recognition in both academic and policy circles. His thesis project aims at analysing the social mechanisms that enable ‘political remittances’ in terms of adaptation to adverse environmental change at home community level. He uses qualitative and multisited ethnographic research methods in mainly three study zones: Belgium, suburbs of Dakar and villages in the Middle Valley in Norther Senegal.
Previously, Samuel has worked as a climate policy officer at 11.11.11, the overarching development NGO in Belgium. He also conducted research for the Belgian development cooperation in the fields of climate compatible private sector development using perception approaches.