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Dr Steven Sam

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, HCI (including HCI4D) and computing for social good. He particularly focuses on the intersection between computer science and social good. His goal is to make effective use of technologies such as AI, data science, blockchain, wearables, mobiles, social media platforms, etc., 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 in areas such as 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 [unpublished]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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