Marly Muudeni Samuel

Marly Muudeni Samuel

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Knowledge and Cultural Heritage Digitalisation, Augmented Reality, Community Engagement, Participatory Design

AFFILIATION: Glasgow School of Art (UK)

Marly is a PhD candidate with the School of Innovation and Technology at the Glasgow School of Art. Her research focuses on the use of immersive technologies and photogrammetry to record and preserve ocean heritage in Namibia. Adopting the methodologies of participatory design and co-production, Marly has collaborated with coastal communities to create the augmented reality application – Efuta Letu Sida Hurib – that captures knowledge, practices and values related to the sea. Marly holds a Master of Informatics and a Bachelor of Software Engineering, both awarded by the Namibian University of Science and Technology, and has previously worked with marginalised communities in Namibia to promote inclusive access to technology and equitable sustainable development.


Marly has participated as a speaker at various conferences and events:

  • The Virtual & the Real: Immersive Technologies in Cultural Heritage Research and Practice event organised for the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Cultural and Museum Studies Discipline+ Catalyst (April 2021)
  • Decolonising Design Practices: Towards Pluriversality workshop at CHI  (May 2021)
  • Social Science and Humanities Seminar Series with Elise Morgera, Marly Muudeni Samuel, Mia Strand (April 2022)
  • Participatory Design Conference (August 2022)
  • iPres (September 2022)
  • UNESCO World heritage futures lab (January 2023)
  • GNHRE & UNEP Summer/Winter Course 2023 panel on knowledge hierarchies (2023)
  • SGSAH Summer School (June 2023)
  • Biennial Communities and Technologies conference (May-June 2023)
Making waves

View the photo story ‘Day in the life of Marly’ – see here >>

Recent publication

Co-Production Process with Coastal Communities: Surfacing Ocean Knowledge, Relationships and Culture In the Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Communities and Technologies – read here >>