Sam's research interests are centred on thinking about nature-culture relations and processes of change and include:
*Political ecology, environmental values
*Climate change: discourse, communications and human responses
*Conservation and sustainability
*Globalisation and rural change
*Value theory and assemblage theory
*Eco-psychology, and behaviour change
*Geographies of materiality and making
Her current research focuses on the countertopographies of everyday globalization in Newtown, Wales, and on the assemblage and globalisation processes entwined in festival events in rural Wales.
My passion lies in trying to make a positive impact in the world through critical exploration of the ways our species can live on this planet and sharing what understandings I glean.
Before returning to the department for a PhD, Sam worked for the Centre for Alternative Technology, developing, administrating and then teaching on their distance learning masters programme, and undertaking community research.
Her doctoral research has sought to explore different ways we can think about cultural and natural heritage conservation in a changing political and physical environment, taking the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard as a case study site.Alongside postgraduate studies she has provided tutorials, guest lectures and seminars at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Aberystwyth University and the University of Chester, covering topics including discourses of climate change, perceptions, adaptations and mitigation of climate change, behaviour change, value theory and introductions to economic and cultural geography.
She has now joined the GLOBAL-RURAL research project and is contributing to investigations of globalisation processes in rural Wales.