Dr Samuel Strong


Research Themes

My research focuses on the contemporary spatial politics of poverty and inequality in the UK. I am interested in the changing geographies of everyday life, thinking through how people negotiate processes of impoverishment, welfare reform and the complex institutional landscape that is emerging at a time of austerity. These changes are not natural but politically produced, and my work seeks to expose the practices, policies and cultural political economy that drive the production of inequality.

As a geographer, I am particularly concerned with the specific role of place in how people negotiate poverty and deprivation, as well as theorising the political responsibility of the discipline of geography in making space for equality.


As Bye-Fellow for Study Skills at Girton, I am responsible for equipping all students with the core proficiencies needed to excel in their studies. I run lectures and seminars for all students on time management, reading and writing skills, essay writing, revision techniques and working under exam conditions. I also offer bespoke one-to-one supervisions for students keen to work through any individual area of study skills.

The focus of my teaching isn’t on coercing students into working for longer, but rather is on encouraging them to make better use of the time that they do spend studying. In so doing, students can strive for a more rounded approach to their time at Girton, enjoying all that the College and University have to offer whilst also fulfilling their academic potential to the fullest.

College Role


Degrees, Awards and Prizes

MA, MPhil, PhD