I am a Vice Chancellor Research Fellow at 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 practices.
I am an active member of the Refugees & Human-Computer Interaction and the HCI4D communities. I am also affiliated with the Center for Research on Population and Health at the American University of Beirut.
------- Reem’s publications:
Talhouk, R., Coles-Kemp, L., Jensen, R. B., Balaam, M., Garbett, A., Ghattas, H., … & Montague, K. (2020). Food Aid Technology: The Experience of a Syrian Refugee Community in Coping with Food Insecurity. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 4(CSCW2), 1-25.
Talhouk, R., Akik, C., Araujo-Soares, V., Ahmad, B., Mesmar, S., Olivier, P., … & Ghattas, H. (2020). Integrating Health Technologies in Health Services for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Qualitative Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(7), e14283.
Jensen, R., Coles-Kemp, L., Talhouk, R. (2020). When the Civic Turn turns Digital: Designing Safe and Secure Refugee Resettlement. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 1-14.
Talhouk R., Balaam, M., Garbett, A., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., Araujo-Soares, V., Ahmad, B., Montague, K. (2019). Embedding Dignity in Humanitarian Technologies. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of Communities and Technologies. 1-4.
Talhouk, R., Balaam, M., Toombs, A., Garbett, A., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., Araujo-Soares, V., Ahmad, B., Montague, K. (2019). Involving Syrian Refugees in Design Research: Lessons Learnt from the Field. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. 1583-1594.
Coles-Kemp, L., Jensen, R., Talhouk, R. (2018). In a New Land: Mobile Phones, Amplified Pressures and Reduced Capabilities. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. P.584.
Nabil, S., Talhouk, R., Trueman, J., Kirk, D., Bowen, S., Wright, P. (2018). Decorating Public and Private Spaces: Identity and Pride in a Refugee Camp. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. LBW552.