Samuel is a DPhil candidate and ESRC Grand Union Scholar at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. Situated within the field of Border Criminology, his DPhil research aims to illuminate the effects of novel border security technologies on the global criminalization of migration. The project asks how and why security technologies diffuse across and through borders, how they shape contemporary ‘crimmigration’ policies, and how they are deployed and contested on the ground. More broadly, his research interests lie in critical security studies as well as the politics of borders, migration, and citizenship.
Samuel holds a BA International Relations with first-class honours from Queen Mary University of London, where he was awarded the Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in each of his three years of study. Thereafter, he completed the MPhil International Relations at the University of Oxford with distinction, during which he received a Maurice Latey Award from the Department of Politics and IR as well as a STAR Grant from St Antony’s College to support his MPhil thesis research on border security technologies in the European Union.
In addition to his studies, he has research experience working for organizations such as RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge Forum on Geopolitics. In 2019, he has worked as research assistant to Professor Mary Bosworth on a project examining immigration removal and transportation, and also assisted Professor Bosworth and Dr Alice Gerlach on their project measuring the quality of life in immigration detention (MQLD).