Sam Keyes

Research Fellow

As part of the Evidence Base team, Sam has responsibility for work package 1 of the Growing the Big Grant Club project: carrying out an ethnographic study of the culture surrounding the inequality in the big grant club.

Sam was studied under Professor Rosi Braidotti at the University of Utrecht where she did the MA in Gender Studies.  She was also afforded a place on Utrecht’s ‘Intensive Programme’ run by Judith Butler.  She completed a BA in Politics from the University of Leeds and still misses the test matches at Headingley.

Sam is passionate about making the extraordinary – transformational social justice – our ordinary and every-day practice.  She combines her extensive professional experience in service provision (domestic violence, child protection and adults with dis/abilities) with her more recent experience of working with a high-profile London Labour MP.  She supported their legislative and constituency work and developed a passion for safeguarding young people at risk of exploitation and grooming by organised crime.  She approached this work with a critical race perspective and tries to be an ally in promoting and embedding critical whiteness.  Sam also researched best-practice LGBTQI-inclusive Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) for the Government Consultation on RSE.  She celebrated the work of a local secondary school who were the first to devise and implement a module on trans* and non-binary identities. She is also a passionate advocate for social housing, having seen first hand the devastating impact of statutory homelessness, over-crowding and uninhabitable housing.  Such experience of advocating and supporting people with protected characteristics has equipped her with an evidence-based understanding of power; potency and possibilities alike.