Samuel is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at Swansea University. He received his PhD in Economics from Swansea University in 2020. His PhD was titled “Sexual Orientation and Wellbeing” and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through the Welsh Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).
Samuel is an Applied Labour Economist with expertise in the areas of wellbeing, minorities, LGBT+ economics, and quantitative methodologies. Samuel has been published in journals such as Economic Letters and Work, Employment, and Society.
Samuel is a 2019-2020 GLO VirtYS, advised by Nick Drydakis in the gender cluster. As part of the programme Sam is working on a project titled "Gender Identity, Employment, Self-Employment and Transgender Policy." The project makes use of data from the Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance Survey over the period 2014-2018 to document the incidence of employment and self-employment of transgender individuals compared to their cisgender counterparts, as well as analysing the effect of employment non-discrimination acts, credit non-discrimination acts, and restrictions on changing gender identity on ID documents. The project demonstrates that removing the requirement of surgical procedures to change the gender marker on a birth certificate may have the greatest traction in improving the employment outcomes of transgender people, while credit non-discrimination acts have the greatest traction in increasing the proportion of transgender people that are self-employed.