I am Vice Chancellor Research Fellow in the School of Design and Centre for International Development at Northumbria University.
With a background in nutrition, public health and Human-Computer Interaction, I draw on multiple design methods to investigate how technologies and design methodologies can be used in humanitarian contexts. I have used Experience Centered Design methods to work with Syrian refugees in Lebanon to design technologies for food security and community resilience. I have also conducted research in the Middle East, Europe and Australia on the role of technologies in improving refugee and asylum seekers’ health, wellbeing and their everyday sense of security.
I am interested in working with humanitarian innovators to understand their practices and work towards integrating design methodologies and principles in to humanitarian innovation practices.
I am an active member of the Refugees & Human-Computer Interaction and the HCI4D communities and I have been awarded the 2020 Young Digital Leader award in recognition for my work. I am also affiliated with the Center for Research on Population and Health at the American University of Beirut.