SatSummit 2024
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Samira Barzin, PhD

Senior Researcher at University of Oxford. She/Her.


Samira Barzin is a Senior Researcher leading the work on Geospatial Economic Analytics at the University of Oxford. Originally trained as an academic economist, Samira’s main focus is to bridge the gap between economic analyses and geospatial data, AI and tech innovation (1) to fill critical data gaps on socio-economics in developing countries and (2) to help inform more data-driven economic development policies on economic growth, poverty alleviation and climate change.

Samira’s areas of expertise includes economic development in the era of climate change, cities in developing countries, distributional analyses of climate change/climate justice, socio-economic measurements, low-carbon economic development, and climate resilient economic growth. Samira has worked with various policy makers in the context of economic development where her main geographical focus is on countries in Africa and the Middle East.

On the agenda

  1. Picturing the Populace

    May. 16, 04:00pm
    The South Hub

    Numerous efforts have been made to map people and structures. These include “traditional” efforts from US and EU research and government institutions and crowdsourced efforts like OpenStreetMap. Recently, we’ve seen the addition of massive AI-derived open building datasets from Meta and Google and the launch of the Overture Foundation. How do these efforts compare? How can they build off each other? How should we get them into use by National Statistics Offices and government decision-makers?


    1. Andrew Schroeder, PhD


    1. Mattia Marconcini, PhD
    2. Heather Chamberlain
    3. Rob Marty
    4. Samira Barzin, PhD

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)