Sam has broad interdisciplinary interest in topics of gender, sexuality, identity and stigma. His research focus is currently on various aspects of migrant sex work in Wales. This builds on his doctoral research that examined how women interpret and contextualise their labour in Welsh massage parlours. His previous research activities have focused on a range of marginalised social groups including persistent recidivists in custodial and community settings, serial domestic abuse perpetrators and sex offenders.
Sam is interested in theoretical, policy and practical considerations at local, national and international levels. He has worked on research projects in partnership with a number of organisations and agencies in relation to a range of criminological issues. He has experience working as a researcher with HMP Parc Prison and the University of South Wales. Sam has further supported research conducted at Cardiff University with the Wales Probation Trust and Integrated Offender Management Team.