Sam Van Vactor PhD

Adjunct Faculty, Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce Collins College of Business
School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Sam Van Vactor is President of Economic Insight, Inc., an international economics consulting firm with a principle focus on energy, the environment, and natural resources. In addition to professional services including policy analysis and development of strategic studies and market forecasts, Economic Insight manages the subscriber-based publications "Pacific West Oil Data" and "West Coast Petroleum Directory." Sam is also the author of "Introduction to the Global Oil and Gas Industry" (Pennwell). Dr. Van Vactor previously served as Director of Planning for the Oregon Department of Energy, Senior Economist for the International Energy Agency (IEA), International Economist for the US Department of the Treasury, and Research Associate at Portland State University. He brings extensive teaching, publishing, and consulting experience to TU's School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce.

Ph.D., Cambridge University, Darwin College
M.S., University of Washington
B.S., University of Oregon

Energy markets and economics
Domestic and international energy policy initiatives
Global electric power markets and operations

Energy Economics
Energy Policy

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Van Vactor, Samuel. An Introduction to the Global Oil and Gas Industry. Pennwell, 2010. Print.

Magazine/Trade Publications

Van Vactor, Samuel. “Energy and the Dodd-Frank Act.” 2010: 3–6. Print.

Van Vactor, Samuel. “Fat Tails.” 2010: 14–16. Print.

Van Vactor, Samuel. “Piecemeal March to Cap-and-Trade.” 2010: 11–15. Print.

Van Vactor, Samuel. “Financial Crisis Impacts Energy Industry.” 2009: 4. Print.

Conference Proceeding

Van Vactor, Samuel. “Electric Vehicles and Peak Oil Demand.” 27th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference Proceedings: Developing & Delivering Affordable Energy in the 21st Century. USAEE/IAEE, 2007. 8–11. Print.