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Dr Steven Sam
Lecturer in Computer Science


Dr Steven Sam obtained a PhD from the University of Queensland (Australia), where he received the UQ Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses Dean’s Award in 2016. Steven’s research activities centre around ICTs and society, human computer Interaction (HCI) (including HCI for Development) and computing for social good (including AI for social good and responsible AI). Steven’s research makes effective use of new computing tools, methodologies and designs to amplify social impact solutions that deliver real change in society. He draws on a range of approaches such as ethnography, user-centred design, participatory design and data-driven approaches to develop and evaluate the use and impact of context-based technology solutions for complex societal problems. He has worked closely with partners from academia, industry, development agencies and government institutions to deliver research innovative projects in healthcare, agriculture and education in Africa.  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.


Newest selected publications

Sam, S., Sengul, C., Bodini, A., Macauley, S. and Fasuluku, S. (2023) 'Participatory Co-Design of Wearable Solutions for Monitoring Infants in Remote Environments in Sierra Leone'.Africa Digital Health Summit. Lagos, Nigeria.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Sam, S., Mostéfaoui, SK., Piccolo, L., Macauley, S. and Jalloh, T. (2022) 'Policy Brief: Designing a multisectoral user-centred technology system for tackling violence against women.'.Open Access Link


Sam, S., Schmidt Rivera, X., Dickinson, H. and Jensen, J. (2022) 'Co-designing a Platform for Documenting African Indigenous Knowledge: Participatory Citizen Science and Data Science Approaches'.International Association for Media and Communication Research. Beijing, China. Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research. pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 2634-5978 Open Access Link

Conference paper

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

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