Self Portrait- I made this interactive digital art by using Face OSC, a facial recognition algorithm in 2017.

Nasim Motalebi

I'm a PhD candidate at Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology.

I work with Dr. Carleen Maitland, conducting research on the topic of digital development and the implications of technologies in the broader context of forced migration and refugees' lifecycle.

A designer by training and a humanist at heart, I adopt human-centered methods to understand the nuances of technology use in different geopolitical situations affected by forced migration crises.

In my work, I pursue technologies for social impact in order to support the lives of refugees and migrants in the context of their new host countries.

See my CV

Email me at nmotalebi [at] psu [dot] edu

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Research Areas

What gets me up in the morning?

The exacerbated forced migration crises. Especially its widening social inequalities due to ill-informed data practices and technology solutions with little account for local needs and capacities.

Focused on key areas of ICTD; Human-Centered Design; and Human-Computer Interaction, I challenge technological solutions for Asset-Based Design with marginalized populations.

In my research, I utilize inclusive data practices that enhance effective humanitarian-development response to forced migration crises in low-and middle-income host countries.

"Human-Centered Design is most relevant when designing in resource-constrained circumstances. An Asset-Based Approach can help to be both human-centered and crisis conscious in ICT design."
March, 2023

Giving an invited talk titled "A home away from home? Architecture and the humanitarian-development divide in response to protracted forced migration crises" at the Stuckeman Center of Design Computing (SCDC) Lecture Series.

February, 2023

Joining the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) as a visiting scholar. 

November, 2022

I am being featured on "Meet our People", Penn State, College of IST.

September, 2022

Submitted revisions for my Journal Paper titled "Relief and Development Coherence: An Evaluation of Host Country Policies and Strategic Mechanisms in Response to Forced Migration Crises."

August-December, 2022

In-resident adjunct faculty for IST 331, Foundations of Human-Centered Design at Penn State College of IST.

Updates

January, 2022

Started an ICT Capacity-Building Assessment of Refugee-Led Organizations. As part of my dissertation, I am developing a repository of Asset-Based portfolios for multiple Refugee-Led Organizations, R-Catalog.

May-August, 2022

Asynchronous teaching fellow for IST 331, Foundations of Human-Centered Design at Penn State College of IST.

August, 2021-May, 2022

Teaching Assistant and invited guest lecturer for IST 442, IT in International Context at Penn State College of IST. My lecture pertained ICTs in the context of migration and forced migration crises.

August-December, 2022

Teaching Assistant and Invited guest lecturer for IST 442, IT in International Context at Penn State College of IST. My lecture pertained ICTs in the context of migration and forced migration crises.

September, 2021

Presented and Disseminated Relief and Development Coherence Toolkit Package at Nethope Solutions.

Looking forward to your comments or inquiries.