Amara Bains

    PhD Candidate

    Amara is a development and humanitarian aid professional.  Her work experience spans from community facilitation and development to senior management roles in multi-million-dollar development and aid programs predominantly in the Asia and Pacific regions.  In Australia, she has worked in community mental health reform taking a lead role in managing the implementation of a contestability policy in the community mental health sector in Queensland as well as running her own consultancy.  As a feminist and advocate for diversity and inclusion in development and humanitarian aid practice and policy, Amara has a strong interest in the development and application of technology and artificial intelligence in the sector.  She is a member of the IEEE and its special interest group on AI and humanitarian aid.

    Amara’s PhD research is focussed on understanding how traditional approaches to development and humanitarian aid to achieve sustainable development can be improved by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) without exacerbating existing or creating new social inequalities. In particular, Amara is interested in how communities, typically regarded as digitally disadvantaged, can influence and direct design and implementation of technology, especially AI for social good.  She draws on development theory and practice, complex adaptive systems theory, anthropology and current dialogue on AI ethics for her research.  The goal of her research is to support diverse and inclusive approaches to AI design and keep humans-in-the-loop.

    Thesis Title

    Community-in-the-loop: micronarratives as a methodology for participatory design and evaluation of applications of ‘AI for social good’ in developing contexts.


    A/Prof Verena Thomas

    A/Prof Markus Rittenbruch