Sam is a Research Officer in the Politics and Governance programme. He specialises in adaptive and politically-smart development programming, and how adaptive approaches interact with bureaucratic politics and processes.
Sam's research focuses on understanding the politics of development challenges, and how public organisations can be better equipped to navigate these dynamics and work in more adaptive and politically smart ways.
His recent work explores how adaptive approaches intersect with bureaucratic politics and processes, both within aid donors and the public sector more broadly. He has experience of political economy analyses in various sectors, most recently on civil society engagement in tax reform and phasing out of plastic production.
His other research interests include the sources of development commitment amongst political elites, particularly within authoritarian regimes; and mixed-method approaches to understanding behaviour in post-conflict societies.
He holds an MA in Development, Governance and Public Policy from the Institute of Development Studies, where he previously worked as a research assistant.’ He has fieldwork experience in Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, and Nepal.