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Samuel Mann



Professor Samuel Mann teaches for Capable NZ - Otago Polytechnic's school specialising in professional practice and work-based learning. Sam was responsible for the development of Education for Sustainability at Otago Polytechnic where they are committed to every graduate thinking and acting as a sustainable practitioner. Sam's 2011 book "The Green Graduate", subtitled "Educating Every Student as a Sustainable Practitioner", sets out a framework for integrating sustainability into every course of study. His subsequent book "Sustainable Lens: a visual guide" explores the visual narrative of sustainability. This book proposes a "sustainable lens": to act sustainably we need to first "see" sustainably. Sam has a weekly radio show and podcast http://sustainablelens.org where he and a colleague have conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In these conversations they try to find out what motivates their guest and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective. This research archive now has more than 300 interviews. Recent work focusses on the development of a Transformation Mindset.
Sam gained his PhD from the University of Otago in 1998 titled "Spatial Process Modelling for Regional Environmental Decision Making". Previously he had completed an MSc and a BSc (Hons) in Geography. He has also completed a postgraduate certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.

Sam previously taught software engineering, interaction design, project management and innovation. For five years he was Head of the former School of Information Technology. Sam is active nationally within CITRENZ, and internationally within sustainable computing (ICT4S and HCI4S).

At Capable Sam is a mentor and facilitator, focussing on post-graduate programmes, and undergraduate computing and sustainability. Sam is the Programme Director for the SIGNAL ICT Grad School's postgraduate programmes. He led the development of the Doctor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Leadership for Change programmes.

Research Outputs

Conference Contribution - Other

Mann, S., Ker, G, & Kirkwood, J. (2018) Surfing the edge of chaos meets academic rigour: Operationalising Doctorate of Professional Practice 6th International Conference on Professional Doctorates, 22-23 March 2018, Friends House London.

Mann, S., Ker, G., & Ellis, K. (2018) Self-determined computing education: an independent learning pathway approach. Sixth International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, April 20th - April 22nd, 2018

Mann, S., Eden-Mann, P., Smith L., Ker, G., Osborne, P., Alexander-Crawford, P. (2017) Transformation mindset providing a framework for implementing social-ecological transformation Presented at 2017 ITPNZ Applied Research Symposium, Innovations that Transform Societies, 4-5 July 2017, in Hamilton, New Zealand

Mann, S. (2017) The application of a Transformation Mindset for ICT ICT4S Summer School, Lorenz Center for Scientific Workshops, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 31st July -4th August https://www.lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2017/934/info.php3?wsid=934&venue=Oort

Nitama Alexander Crawford, P., Mann, S., Eden-Mann,P., Ker, G., Osborne, P., Smith, L. (2017) Integrated business, social and cultural development: the case of education partnerships in Te Tai Tokerau. Accepted for presentation at West East International Academic Conference, Rome 2017, Nov 13-15.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Bates, O., Thomas, V., Remy, C., Nathan, L., Mann, S. & Friday, A. (2018) The future of HCI and Sustainability: Championing Environmental and Social Justice. CHI’18 Extended Abstracts, April 21–26, 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada ACM 978-1-4503-5621-3/18/04. https://doi.org/10.1145/3170427.3185365

Mann, S., Kirkwood, J, & Schmidt, L. (2018) The Many Faces Of Impact - How A New Doctor Of Professional Practice Programme Is Designed To Produce Transformational Impact. Quality in Postgraduate Research, Adelaide, South Australia, April 17-19 2018.

Mann, S., Bates, O, & Maher, R. (2018) Shifting the maturity needle of ICT for Sustainability. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability, doi 10.29007/d6g3

Ker, G., Mann, S, & Buissink, N. (2018) Dances with unicorns: capabilities of mentors for professional practice doctorates. 6th International Conference on Professional Doctorates 22- 23 March, London.

Mann, S. (2016) A Rethink for Computing Education for Sustainability. 5th International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education 2016, Melbourn.e

Journal Article

Bates,O., Thomas, V., Remy,C., Friday, A., Nathan, L., Hazas, M., and Mann, S. (2018) Championing environmental and social justice: embracing, embedding, and promoting broader notions of sustainability in HCI. IX Interactions 25, 5 (August 2018), 60-67. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3236677

Maher,R., Maher,M., McAlpine,C., Mann,S., & Seabrook,L. (2018) Overcoming barriers to sustainability by combining conceptual, visual,and networking systems. Sustainability Science, Volume 13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0576-z

Mann, S. (2016) Computing Education for Sustainability: What Gives Me Hope? Interactions 23,6:44-47 http://mags.acm.org/interactions/november_december_2016/?folio=44&CFID=689677084&CFTOKEN=68093233&pg=46#pg46

Buissink, N., Mann, S. (2016) Supporting Pedagogic Researchers: The Development of a Model for Exploring the Ethical Systems at Play in Contemporary Learning Spaces. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 4(1) doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v4i1.177 http://jpaap.napier.ac.uk/index.php/JPAAP/article/view/177

Chapter in Book

Mann, S. & Bates, O. (2017) A Conversation Between Two Sustainable HCI Researchers: The role of HCI in a Positive Socio-Ecological Transformation. Chapter 3 in Hazas, M. & Nathan, L., eds, Digital Technology and Sustainability: Engaging the Paradox, Routledge Studies in Sustainability, 2018, p. 44-60. ISBN 9781138205888. Pub: 2017-11-20

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