Sam studied geography at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a PhD in 2017. Prior to his appointment as a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, he was a lecturer at the School of Geography, QMUL, and has held teaching positions at Fitzwilliam, Girton and Robinson Colleges. He has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography in Cambridge.
Sam is a cultural geographer working on issues of social and spatial difference and is interested not simply in measuring the extent of inequalities, but rather in thinking critically about why and how inequalities persist, and how people live in increasingly unequal times and spaces. Specifically, he strives to address those social and spatial inequalities often presumed to be 'natural', and seeks to interrogate the political work achieved by the various processes that divide and distinguish between people and places. During his Junior Research Fellowship, Sam is exploring these issues through an immersive ethnographic study of unequal lives in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.
- Poverty and inequality
- Austerity and neoliberalism
- The everyday politics of food banking
- Politics, place and a people's geography
- PhD in Geography (2017), University of Cambridge
- MPhil in Geography (2013), University of Cambridge
- MA in Geography (2012), University of Cambridge
- Fitzwilliam College Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016
- Fitzwilliam College Senior Graduate Scholar, 2014-15, 2015-16
- Fitzwilliam College Undergraduate Scholar of the Year, 2012
Associate-fellow of the Higher Education Association
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- RGS-IBG Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG) Ordinary Member (2016-2019)
- RGS-IBG Political Geography Research Group (PolGRG) Postgraduate Representative (2015-16)
- Strong, S. (2017): "Re-placing poverty"; The King's Review, Volume: 'Extremes', pp. 78-88.
- Strong, S. (2014): "Underclass Ontologies"; Political Geography Volume 42, pp. 117-120.