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Research associate in criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Sam's research focuses on using quantitative methods to describe and explain the geographic distribution of crime and known offender residences. He has worked on a number of projects in collaboration with police forces in the UK. He is particularly interested data visualisation, mapping and promoting the use of open software in social sciences.


  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow, University of Leeds
  • 2019–2020
    Research associate, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2016–2016
    Research intern, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement


  • 2020 
    Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD Sociology
  • 2016 
    Utrecht University, the Netherlands, MSc Sociology and Social Research
  • 2012 
    London School of Economics, UK, BSc Social Policy with Government


  • 2019
    Cartograms, hexograms and regular grids: Minimising misrepresentation in spatial data visualisations, Environment and Planning B
  • 2017
    Residential burglary target selection: An analysis at the property-level using Google Street View, Applied Geography