Director of Research
Sam has particular interests in youth research, area-based inequalities, social science impact and local economic development. He has experience designing and conducting research projects drawing on a range of methods, from film-based participatory research to systematic literature reviews and large-scale survey analysis. Sam believes that robust, innovative social research is the key to tackling the barriers that prevent some young people from making fulfilling transitions to adulthood, and he channels this belief into his role overseeing research at LKMco.
Sam has authored a range of publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, primarily exploring young people’s aspirations and how these are shaped by their neighbourhoods, the experiences of white working class boys within the education system, and ways in which social science can connect more meaningfully with the communities it studies, drawing on his experience of designing research training for students on the Manchester Leadership Programme. Sam has also written for the Guardian and the New Statesman, blogs widely on a range of topics within the social sciences, and wrote and produced a short film on the garden cities movement. Sam’s interest in the role people can play in the regeneration of their neighbourhoods led him to co-found the Ancoats Canal Project, now a registered charity which continues to go from strength to strength.