Dr Steven Sam is a Communication, Research and Engagement Officer at the Centre for Communication and Social Change and a Sessional Academic in the School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland.

Steven  is a transdisciplinary researcher. His primary research focuses on addressing social and economic injustices among minority and marginalised groups through the creative use of media and communication technologies.  

Steven’s work also extends to the anthropology of digital media and communication technologies and society. He is particularly interested in how all forms of media and communication technologies shape individual identities and define contemporary society and social life.

Steven has more than a combined 16-year experience in both the academic and humanitarian sectors, with successful history of excellent leadership and visionary role in strategic communication development and implementation, ICT for social change, impact assessment and project and NGO management. His work has resulted in the development of policy and strategic documents, project initiatives and NGO capacity building in both developed and developing countries, such as Australia, Denmark and Sierra Leone.



  • Sam, S. (Contracted). Mobile Phones for Human Development. Routledge
  • Sam, S., & Makori, J. (2011). Strategic Internet Business Management-An Assessment of Internet Business Growth Strategies. Grin Publishing.


Book Chapter

  • Sam, S. (Forthcoming). Bridging the Digital Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa: a Critical Analysis of Illiteracy and Language Divide
  • Sam. S. (2017) Mobile Phones and Expanding Human Capabilities in Plural Health Systems. In Kgomotso H. Moahi, Kelvin J. Bwalya and Peter M. Sebina (Eds), Health Information Systems and the Advancement of Medical Practice in Developing Countries. IGI Global 


Journal Articles

  • Sam, S. (2017). Towards a new public sphere for political inclusion: mobile media and the reshaping of local governance landscapes in Sierra Leone. Information Development, 0266666917735361.
  • Sam, S. (2017). Towards an empowerment framework for evaluating mobile phone use and impact in developing countries. Telematics and Informatics34(1), 359-369
  • Sam, S. (2015). Institutionalisation of Social Mobilisation as a Social Change Process. Media Development Journal, 62(3), pp.1
  • Sam, S. (2014). Exploring Mobile Internet use among Marginalised Young People in Post-conflict Sierra Leone. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, Vol. 66, 5, 1-20.



  • Van de Fliert, E., Reeves, L. S., Walker, G., Sam, S., Sepúlveda, C., & Nigussie, H. (2014). Mainstreaming Communication for Development in Policies and Programmes: Enabling Social Inclusion to Support Food Security, Resilient Livelihoods, and Family Farming. Background paper for the XIII United Nations Inter-agency Round Table on Communication for Development. FAO, Rome.
  • Van de Fliert, E., Cooper, T., Sam, S., Cardey, S., Lie, R., Witteveen, L., Torres, C., Tirol, S., Dagli, W., Hambly, H. and Perez, M. (2017). Inclusive Rural Communication Services: Building Evidence, Informing Policy. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the University of Queensland, Australia 


Online Publication

  • Sam, S. (2013), Mobile Phone and the Transformation of Lives: a Tale of Two Communities in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. The Communication Initiative Network.  


Conference Paper

  • Sam, S. (2015). Mobile Phone: A New Mantra for Challenging Dominant Governance Practices in Post Conflict Context. Paper Presented at the IMACR Conference in Montreal, Canada, July 12-16.  


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