Sam joins Amanda Rees' project 'Unsettling Scientific Stories' which is a three year project running from York, but with co-centre's in Aberystwyth and Newcastle
Sam completed his PhD, ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Ocean Science and the British Cold War State’ in 2015 at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. This work, part of the ERC-funded The Earth Under Surveillance (TEUS) project, examined the development of British oceanography during and after the Second World War. George Deacon, director of the newly-established National Institute of Oceanography, was a key figure. Sam's thesis revealed tensions between government administrators and navy officials sponsoring a novel oceanographic research programme, and traced the implications of the programme for undersea surveillance, especially in connection with anti-submarine warfare.