Samer Atshan is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has an M.P.A. and an M.S. in energy and earth resources from the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from the American University of Beirut. His research interests span policy-relevant behavior across social, health, and enviornmental policy.
Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a research associate at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas, Austin, where he conducted research on the impact of social capital and networks and worked on developing the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators. He previously worked at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality in Austin, Texas, and at the United Nations Development Programme in Beirut, Lebanon.