Dr Steven Sam
Research Fellow II - Global Challenges
Wilfred Brown Buillding 215
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Dr Steven Sam joined the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London (UK) as a Global Challenge Research Fellow in June 2019. He obtained a PhD in communication, digital technologies and social change from the University of Queensland (Australia), where he received the UQ Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses Dean’s Award in 2016. Prior to joining Brunel, Steven was a Research and Engagement Officer and Sessional Academic at the Centre for Communication and Social Change, the University of Queensland.
Steven’s expertise is in the areas of communication, human computer interaction, digital technology design and social innovation. His work involves two strands: The first strand focuses on technology (e.g. mobile phones, mobile applications, computing, internet and AI) adoption and impact on organisations, people and society. The second strand involves using, ethnography, visual methods and human-centred design approaches to find innovative solutions to complex and challenging problems affecting vulnerable groups and communities in areas such as health, education, agriculture and governance. Here, Steven’s work is informed by two questions: What problems affect vulnerable groups and what communication and technology tools can we use to address the problems?
Newest selected publications
Richards, M., Schmidt, X., Paterson, S., Martin, O., Sam, S., Syampungani, S., (2020) 'The ESKE Project : a South-North educational and knowledge exchange framework to enhance food security and livelihoods'. [Poster] Exhibited at. 8th World Sustainability Forum 15 9 2020et al.
Sam, S. (2020) 'Informal mobile phone use by marginalised groups in a plural health system to bridge healthcare gaps in Sierra Leone'. Information Development. pp. 1 - 16. ISSN: 0266-6669 Open Access Link
Sam, S. (2019) 'Bridging the Digital Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa : A Critical Analysis of Illiteracy and Language Divide.', in Mutsvairo, B. and Ragnedda, M. (eds.) Mapping Digital Divide in Africa. Amsterdam University Press.
Sam, S. (2018) 'Social Shaping and Consequences of Mobile Social Media in Africa'.ICA Africa 2nd Biennial Conference 2018. Accra, Ghana. [unpublished]
Sam, S. (2018) 'Enabling Sustainable Primary Healthcare Access through an Informal Use of Mobile Phones in Plural Health Systems'.The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Eugene, Oregon. 20 - 24 June.Open Access Link