Andrew Drain

Andrew is the Technology Development Lead at Engineers Without Borders Australia. In this role, Andrew leads the development of new humanitarian technology projects and the implementation of a new human centered design process across the organisation. He is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Previous to this, Andrew worked as a Lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand. Andrew’s research focuses on the collaborative design process used for humanitarian technology development, and in particular, how collaboration can be evaluated and enhanced for better project impact.

Andrew Drain

A New Way of Thinking About Collaboration During Participatory Design Projects

April 17, 2019

If you’ve seen an unused latrine in a village that practices open defecation, or a new cookstove on a...

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Andrew Drain

Engaging Students in Humanitarian Technology Projects: Six Expert Recommendations

December 11, 2018

How to engage students in humanitarian technology work was the topic of much discussion at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology...

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Andrew Drain

Handbook of Participatory Design for Appropriate Technology

October 2, 2018

Undertaking truly collaborative humanitarian technology development is really hard. Unexpected factors such as the type and order of activities,...

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Andrew Drain

The Five-Step Innovation Process: UNLEASH’s Design Workshop, Introduced and Critiqued

June 19, 2018

Attempts to solve problems in underserved communities live and die by an innovation process and how well it is...

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Andrew Drain

The Necessary Trade-Offs When Co-Designing New Technology

April 20, 2018

The co-design of new technology with communities has benefits and trade-offs. Our colleagues and we at Engineers Without Borders...

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