Sam Thomas is a senior research fellow at I-SPHERE. He leads our collaboration with the Hunter Foundation and the Scottish Government, which is examining the impact of innovative, relational and capability-based responses to poverty and disadvantage across Scotland.

Sam previously led work influencing government at Making Every Adult Matter, a coalition of charities working to address multiple disadvantage. He has also worked at the Health Foundation, where he led the development of Common Ambition, a £2.1 million funding programme supporting partnerships of people, families, health care professionals and researchers to work together to improve health care. He has also held positions at the RSA and the University of Leeds.

Sam’s research interests include homelessness prevention, substance misuse and mental health policy and participatory approaches to policymaking. He was a 2016-17 Crook Public Service Fellowship at the University of Sheffield.