Sam is a social innovation researcher, strategist and editor. He is currently working on Shift's Relationships Project, helping to build an evidence base for and deeper understanding of good relationship-centred design.

Before joining Shift, Sam completed the Year Here Fellowship and worked for a range of social enterprises, including Tech for Good and tbd*. Most recently, he spent time coordinating Queen Mary University’s Enterprise programme. He has a BA Hons in History from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics, where he was particularly interested in social movements and social impact organisations.

Sam recently moved from London to Vancouver, in pursuit of more things outdoors. He’s also working on a guidebook on Greece and trying (very slowly) to get to grips with a campervan conversion.




Active Neighbours: Understanding the experiences of Covid volunteers

March 10, 2021

A field guide from the Relationships Project, presenting five ‘types’ of Covid volunteers and key considerations for supporting them to carry on caring.

Turning to the Light: Looking back and looking forward after one year of Covid

March 8, 2021

Reflecting on what we’ve learnt from one year of Covid, this report makes the case for reflection and recuperation, and then for building energetically on the many positives from this period.

Relationship Makers Impact Report

December 18, 2020

Drawing together our learning from a twelve week peer learning programme with a cohort of community businesses committed to building better relationships.

The Relationship-Centred City: Building a better London by building better relationships

March 13, 2020

A report from the Relationships Project unearths learning for cities the world over.

Case studies: relationship-centred practice

February 2, 2020

A collection of inspiring examples of relationship-centred practice from across the UK.