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Za'atari Refugee Cookbook: Relevance, Challenges and Design Considerations

Lookup NU author(s): Reem Talhouk, Dalya Al-Shahrabi, Dr Robert Comber



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM, 2017.

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With 83,000 Syrian refugees, Za’atari camp in Jordan has become the second largest home for displaced people. Engagements with refugees residing in the camp and stakeholders within the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicated that food is an integral part of communicating refugee identities and may play a role in meeting UNHCR project mandates, including wellbeing and capacity building. We present preliminary findings of ethnographic research exploring (1) the role of food within UNHCR project mandates, (2) motives for the creation of a Za’atari refugee cookbook and (3) the spatial, temporal and infrastructural challenges that need to be considered when designing the cookbook.

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Author(s): Fisher KE, Talhouk R, Yefimova K, Al-Shahrabi D, Yafi E, Ewald S, Comber R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 2576-2583

Online publication date: 11/05/2017

Acceptance date: 11/02/2017

Date deposited: 03/04/2017

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3027063.3053235