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Dr Steven Sam

Dr Steven Sam
Research Fellow II - Global Challenges


Dr Steven Sam joined the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London (UK) 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 research focuses on human computer interaction, mobile human computer interaction, technology and society and computing for social good with particular interest in innovative participatory user-centred designed solutions and impact assessment of digital technology (e.g. AI, mobiles, social media and internet) interventions in public healthcare in the Global South.  Steven combines ethnography, user-centred and participatory design approaches to develop and evaluate the use and impact of new digital and emerging technologies on complex societal problems in health, education, agriculture social welfare and governance. Steven is the founder and co-leader of an interdisciplinary research group (Computer Science for Social Good) at the Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London. The group focuses on tackling some of the biggest societal challenges through research, digital innovation, capacity building and engagement.

Newest selected publications

Sam, S. (2021) 'A Reflective Account of Particularising Ethnographic Principles and Practices for Doing ICT4D Research'. The Journal of development communication, 32 (1 (2021). pp. 128 - 144. ISSN: 0128-3863 Open Access Link

Journal article

Richards, M., Schmidt, X., Paterson, S., Martin, O., Sam, S., Syampungani, S., et al. (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 2020


Sam, S. (2020) 'Informal mobile phone use by marginalised groups in a plural health system to bridge healthcare gaps in Sierra Leone'. Information Development, 37 (3). pp. 1 - 16. ISSN: 0266-6669 Open Access Link

Journal article

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.

Book chapter

Sam, S. (2018) 'Social Shaping and Consequences of Mobile Social Media in Africa'.ICA Africa 2nd Biennial Conference 2018. Accra, Ghana. [unpublished]

Conference paper
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