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Written By:

Dr Sam Baars

Director of Research and Operations


As Director of Research and Operations, Sam sets the strategic direction of our research programme, oversees our research team, leads on data security and produces our monthly Research Roundup podcast. He has extensive experience designing, managing and conducting research projects drawing on a range of methods, from film-based participatory research to systematic literature reviews and statistical analysis of large-scale survey data.

Sam has authored a range of publications in peer-reviewed journals and books and has particular interests in youth research, area-based inequalities, social science impact and local economic development. He has written for the Guardian and the New Statesman, wrote and produced a short film on the garden cities movement, and recently started work on a podcast for Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. Sam holds a PhD and ESRC-accredited Masters from the University of Manchester, and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.