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Research interests (short)

Organization studies, organizational discourse, translation, public services management, professionals, knowledge, healthcare

Biographical details

Sam studied for a BA (Hons) in English and an M.Phil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, both at Cambridge. He then worked on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme while carrying out an MSc in Health and Public Leadership run jointly by Manchester Business School and the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. From 2009 to 2015, he worked in a range of management roles for teaching hospitals in Cambridge and London before beginning his PhD study at King's with the help of a studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council.


Research interests

My research intersects public management and organizational/wider discourse analysis. In particular, I am interested in how public organizations manage austerity, and the decision-making and other processes this entails. My current work involves investigating the discursive and material processes involved in austerity management in contemporary UK healthcare organizations, in the context of wider policy discourse pertaining to healthcare austerity.


Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Health and Public Leadership, University of Birmingham

1 Sept 200931 Oct 2014

Award Date: 11 Dec 2014

Master of Philosophy, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 200830 Sept 2009

Award Date: 28 Nov 2009

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 200526 Jun 2008

Award Date: 26 Jun 2008


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • HM Sociology
  • P Philology. Linguistics


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