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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) 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

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
More publications(18)