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I joined Northumbria University in 2020 as a Vice Chancellor Research Fellow at the School of Design and Centre for International Development after completing my PhD at Newcastle University. My research draw son multiple design methods to investigate how technologies and design methodologies can be used in humanitarian contexts. I have conducted research in the Middle East, Europe and Australia on the role of technologies in improving refugee and asylum seekers’ health, resilience and security.


I have been awarded the Young Digital Leader of the Year (2020) by Digital Leaders 100 and the Newcastle University Medical Sciences Doctoral Prize (2020) for my PhD Thesis.


I am currently the Participatory Design Conference 2022 International Hubs Co-Chair and I am an active member of the Refugees & Human-Computer Interaction and the HCI4D communities. I am affiliated with the Center for Research on Population and Health at the American University of Beirut.

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of design, innovation and global development. My research questions the interplay between technological designs, humanitarian innovation processes and practices, public health and community resilience in contexts of marginalisation. I am interested in working with humanitarian innovators to understand their practices and work towards integrating novel and pluralistic design methodologies and principles in to humanitarian innovation practices. To that end, I have been working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, TraidCraft Exchange, Global Innovation Gathering, R0g and academics at the American University of Beirut to embark on an exploration of how humanitarian innovation can be done in a socially just manner and in support of socially just outcomes. Additionally, I draw from decolonial theory, intersectional feminism, design justice and social justice when working with displaced communities to innovate in how design is conducted as well as to create new mediums for interaction that increase refugee agency and capabilities. In doing so my research aims to challenge existing marginal ways of being.

I lead on a project that aims to develop an understanding of design justice in contexts of compounded crises. Using Lebanon as a case study, we explored the historical, social, political and economic factors that needs to be accounted for when designing in spaces of competing social justice claims. I am also a co-investigator on a SIGCHI Development Fund grant that aims at enabling design and Human-Computer knowledge exchange with youth and academics in Timor Leste.

I am also highly interested in addressing racial inequalities in Higher Education. I have recently received a Vice Chancellor Diversity Fund Grant to conduct future workshops with students and staff in an effort to reimagine a racially equal university. The research will inform Northumbria University’s RACE Equality policies and processes.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Newcastle University

… → 2020

Award Date: 11 May 2020

Computer Science, MRes, Newcastle University

Award Date: 28 Sep 2015

MPH, American University of Beirut

Award Date: 1 Jun 2015

Nutrition, BSc, American University of Beirut

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

External positions

American University of Beirut


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  • When the Civic Turn turns Digital: Designing Safe and Secure Refugee Resettlement

    Bjerg Jensen, R., Coles-Kemp, L. & Talhouk, R., 21 Apr 2020, CHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: ACM, p. 1-14 14 p. 3376245. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

    6 Citations (Scopus)
  • Integrating Health Technologies in Health Services for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Qualitative Study

    Talhouk, R., Akik, C., Araujo-Soares, V., Ahmad, B., Mesmar, S., Olivier, P., Balaam, M., Montague, K., Garbett, A. & Ghattas, H., 6 Jul 2020, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, 7, 8 p., e14283.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)
    41 Downloads (Pure)
  • A Call For Embedding Dignity In Humanitarian Technologies

    Talhouk, R., Montague, K., Garbett, A., Araujo-Soares, V., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., Ahmad, B. & Balaam, M., 5 Jun 2019, C&T 2019: 9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: conference proceedings . Cech, F. & Tellioğlu, H. (eds.). New York, p. 1-4 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

    Open Access
    4 Citations (Scopus)
  • Involving Syrian Refugees in Design Research: Lessons Learnt from the Field

    Talhouk, R., Balaam, M., Toombs, A., Garbett, A., Akik, C., Ghattas, H., Araujo-Soares, V., Ahmad, B. & Montague, K., 18 Jun 2019, DIS 2019: proceedings of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. Harrison, S. & Bardzell, S. (eds.). New York: ACM, p. 1583–1594 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

    Open Access
    17 Citations (Scopus)
  • In a new land: Mobile phones, amplified pressures and reduced capabilities

    Coles-Kemp, L., Jensen, R. B. & Talhouk, R., 21 Apr 2018, CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Mandryk, R. (ed.). New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 1-13 13 p. 584. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings; vol. 2018-April).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

    Open Access
    27 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)