Samanthi works across a range of research projects for the Institute for Community Studies and The Young Foundation. She is motivated by making research more accessible and equitable, and loves research the most when it is used to bring communities together to co-create the change they want to see happen and enable more distributed decision-making.
Before joining the Institute for Community Studies in February 2022, Samanthi worked at the RSA as a researcher focused on more participatory approaches to research on housing, placemaking and community wellbeing, and as a peer researcher for Toynbee Hall on their work to improve the housing sector for young people in London.
Outside of her work with the ICS, Samanthi is a facilitator with Civic Square and Enrol Yourself on their peer-led work to reimagine more equitable and regenerative neighbourhoods of the future. She is also a trustee for RUSS Lewisham, a community land trust building affordable housing in the place she grew up. Asides from that, you can find her covered in clay on her mission to become a self-taught ceramicist.