Gary Marsden

Gary Marsden

Professor Gary Marsden

Since 1999, Professor Gary Marsden has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research interests are in the field of mobile interaction design. Since moving to Africa, his work has been more focused on the application of digital and mobile technologies within the developing world.

Professor Marsden is a director with the Centre in ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) and the HPI Research School in ICT4D, an initiative between the department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town and the Hasso Plattner Institut in Postdam, Germany. It is an ideal place to design, create and test ICT solutions optimized for the African continent. Professor  Marsden also edits the “Under Development” column in interactions magazine.

Until 1999, Professor Marsden was based in the UK, working on problems in usability and mobile computing. From 1996 to 1999, Professor Gary Marsden was a senior lecturer at the School of Computing Science of Middlesex University in London, UK. Prior to lecturing at Middlesex University, he was a lecturer at the Department of Computing Science of Stirling University in Scotland, UK.

Professor Marsden was the recipient of the 2007 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award for his work in designing systems for developing world contexts. With Matt Jones, he co-authored a book titled Mobile Interaction Design, which was published in 2006. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computing Science and a Ph.D. from Stirling University. Click here for an extensive list of his publications.

A list of Professor Marsden’s publication is available at


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