Dr Sam Mejias

Dr Sam Mejias

Research Fellow, STEM Inside

Department of Media and Communications

Key Expertise
Digital media

About me

Sam Mejias is a Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications and the LSE Principal Investigator for the Wellcome Trust funded project STEM Inside – Broadening Participation through Transdisciplinary Youth Development Programs Leveraging Technology, Arts, Design, and the Sciences. He runs the London-based research strand “Learning from Creative Software Production” which explores the relationship between youth creative media learning practices and STEM learning. From 2015-2018, Dr. Mejias was a researcher in the department on CATCH-EyoU - Constructing Active Citizenship with European youth: policies, practices, challenges and solutions, a multi-country European Commission Horizon 2020 Young 5a funded project. 

Sam’s research focuses on the relationships between media, learning and participation. He specialises in the fields of citizenship, human rights, education, media, political participation, international educational development, youth studies, and media for development. He holds a PhD in Education from the UCL Institute of Education and a Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University Teachers College. His current research projects explore changing forms of political discourse and participation in media, and the role of critical, equity-based education in navigating educational and political challenges to 21st century life. 

Sam’s past experience includes development research for BBC Media Action, USAID, UNICEF and the Economist; academic research for the European Commission and the UCL Institute of Education; curriculum development for Amnesty International; and film and music production on freelance multimedia projects. In addition to a research role he has also taught and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students at LSE since 2016.

His doctoral research consisted of a two-year ethnographic study of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Friendly Schools project. The research explored the potential limits of human rights education and other forms of global citizenship education in helping schools become more ‘utopian,’ examining the influence of neoliberal policies and pragmatic concerns on school management and teaching practices, and investigating the relationship between rights-based discourses and school-based micropolitical activity. 

Expertise Details

Citizenship; education; digital media; human rights and social justice; youth participation; creative media; media literacy; media and development; international educational development; critical pedagogy; audiences


Selected Publications 


  • Mejias, S. & Banaji, S. (2018). Backed into a corner: Challenging media and policy representations of young people in the UKInformation, Communication, and Society.

  • Banaji, S., Mejias, S., Kouts, R., Piedade, F., Pavlopoulos, V., Tzankova, I., Mackova, A., & Amnå, E. (2017). Citizenship’s tangled web: Associations, gaps and tensions in formulations of European youth active citizenship across disciplines. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. See here.

  • Landberg, M., Eckstein, K., Mikolajczyk, C., Mejias, S., Macek, P., Motti-Stefanidi, F., Enchinkova, E., Guarino A., & Noack, P. (2017). Being both–A European and a national citizen? Comparing young people’s identification with Europe and their home country across eight European countries. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. See here.

Book chapters

  • Mejias, S. (2017). Politics, power and protest: Rights-based education policy and the limits of human rights education. In Bajaj, Monisha (Ed.), Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. See here.
  • Mejias, S. and Starkey, H. (2012). Critical citizens or neoliberal consumers? Utopian visions and pragmatic uses of human rights education in a secondary school in England. In Mitchell, Richard C. and Moore, Shannon A. (Eds.), Politics, Participation & Power Relations: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Critical Citizenship in the Classroom and Community. Toronto: Sense Publishers. See here.

Research and Policy Reports


Blog Posts