Za'atari refugee cookbook: Relevance, challenges and design considerations

Karen E. Fisher, Reem Talhouk, Katya Yefimova, Dalya Al-Shahrabi, Eiad Yafi, Sam Ewald, Rob Comber

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts - Proceedings
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450346566
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2017

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
VolumePart F127655


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