Refugee Education & Technology

Douhaibi, D., Dahya, N., Dryden-Peterson, S., and Arvisais, O. (in press). “Culture, Gender and Technology: Mediating Teacher Training Using Text Messaging in Refugee Camps.” J. Bhabha, W.M. Giles and F. Mahomed (Eds.). A Better Future: The Role of Higher Education for Displaced and Marginalized People. 

Dahya, N., Dryden-Peterson, S., Douhaibi, D. & Arvisais, O. (2019) Social Support Networks, Instant Messaging, and Gender Equity in Refugee Education.  Information, Communication & Society. [PDF]

Dryden-Peterson, S., Dahya, N. and Adelman, E. (2017). Pathways to educational success among refugees: Connecting locally and globally-situated resources. American Educational Research Journal.[PDF*2018 American Educational Research Association Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award

Dahya, N. & Dryden-Peterson, S. (2017). Tracing pathways to higher education for refugees: the role of virtual support networks and mobile phones for women in refugee campsComparative Education, 53(2), 284-301. [PDF]

Dahya, N. (2017). Digital media and forced migration: critical media education for and about refugees. TELEVIZION No. 30/2017/E published May 2017.

Dahya, N. (2016). Education in Conflict & Crisis: How Can Technology Make a Difference? A Landscape Review. Published by GIZ, USAID, WVI: Germany.

Digital Media & Learning

Saleem, Z. & Dahya, N. (in press). Values, Neoliberalism & the Digital Divide: Nonwhite media makers and  the production of meaning. Book chapter accepted to Stories from the Digital Divide. (Eds) Ernest Morrell and Jennifer Rowsell. 

Dahya, N., Lee, J.H., Lee, K.J., King, W.E., Goel, M., & Yassin, H. (2019). Virtual reality in public libraries. Report available online at

Dahya, N. & King, W.E. (2018). Feminist perspectives and mobile culture(s): power and participation in girls’ digital video making communities. In Berliner, L. and Krabill, R. (Eds.). Feminist Interventions in Participatory Media: Pedagogy, Publics, Practice. [PDF]

Dahya, N., Jenson, J. and Fong, K. (2017). (En)Gendering videogame development: a feminist approach to gender, education & game studies. Review of Education, Pedagogy & Culture, 39(4), 367-390[PDF]

Dussel, I. & Dahya, N. (2017) Introduction: problematizing voice and representation in youth media production. Learning, Media & Technology, 42(1). Special Issue: Voice and Representation in Youth Media Production in Educational Settings: Transnational Dialogues. [PDF]

Dahya, N. (2016). Critical perspectives in youth digital media production: ‘voice’ and representation in educational contexts. Learning, Media & Technology, 42(1). [PDF]

Fisher, K., Davis, K., Yip, J., Dahya, N., Mills, J.E., Eisenberg, M. (2016). Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank White Paper. Report available online at

Dahya, N. & Jenson, J. (2015). Mis/representations in school-based digital media production: an ethnographic exploration with Muslim girls. Diaspora, Indigenous & Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity & Cultural Survival, 9(2), 108-123. [PDF]

Barkaoui, K., Barrett, S.E., Samaroo, J., Dahya, N., & Alidina, S. (2015). Teachers’ conceptions of student engagement in learning: the case of four urban schoolsAlberta Journal of Educational Research, 61(1), 1-20. [PDF]

Jenson, J., Dahya, N. & and Fisher, S. (2014). Valuing production values: a ‘do it yourself’ media production club. Learning, Media & Technology, 39(2), 215-228. DOI: 0.1080/17439884.2013.79948. [PDF]

Jenson, J., Dahya, N., and Fisher, S. (2014). “Power Struggles: Knowledge production in a DIY news club”. In Megan Boler and Matt Ratto (Eds.) . DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media. Boston: MIT Press. 

Jenson, J. & Dahya, N. (2014). Integrated Teaching with Technology: An inquiry into blended pedagogy pedagogies in higher education. Report submitted to Algonquin College.

Samaroo, J., Dahya, N., and Alidina, S. (2013). Exploring the challenges of conducting respectful research: seen and unforseen factors within urban school research. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue canadienne de l’’éducation, 36(3), 438-457. [PDF]

Dahya, N. (2012). Learning at Play. Encyclopedia of Sciences of Learning. New York: Springer. [PDF]

Dahya, N. (2009). Serious learning in playful roles: socio-political games for educationLoading, 3(4). [PDF]

Popular Press & Blogs

Dahya, N. (2017). A Socio-Technical Approach to Refugee Education. November 15th, 2017. Promising Practices for Refugee Education.

Dryden-Peterson, S., Dahya, N., and Douhaibi, D. (2017). How Teachers Use Mobile Phones as Education Tools in Refugee Camps. Brookings Institute published March 14, 2017.

Dryden-Peterson, S., Dahya, N., and Giles, W. (2013). Education: A Challenge to Terror. Op-Ed in The Globe and Mail published October 3, 2013.

Dryden-Peterson, S., Dahya, N., and Giles, W. (2013). Education: A Challenge to Terror. Op-Ed in The Huffington Post published September 30, 2013.

Keynotes, Public Lectures, Webinars & Podcasts

“Virtual Reality in Libraries: Complements and Constraints to Learning in the Home.” 3rd Annual Young Creative Connected (YCC) Research Network Seminar: Changing family cultures: the politics of learning with digital media. October 15-16, 2018, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“A Socio-Technical Approach to Refugee Education: Connected Networks and ICTs in Kenyan Refugee Camps.” University of California Irvine Seminar Series, Department of Informatics, February 23, 2018.

“Feminist perspectives on participatory culture: tools and tales in girls’ digital media production.” Child and Youth Engagement, Civic Literacies and Digital Ecologies Symposium. October 10-11, 2017, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario.

“Mobile Technologies & Community Networks in Refugee Education: Case Studies from Kenyan Refugee Camps.” Public lecture. University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education, November 25th, 2016.

Education and forced displacement – How can technology make a difference? Webinar: May 18, 2016, hosted by INEE, BMZ/GIZ, UNHCR.

Podcast #101: The Brightest Hope: Innovation Driving Education in Emergencies Podcast: November 2015, UNICEF.

Dissertation & Thesis

Dahya, N. (2014). Mediating postcoloniality in education: Mis/representations of Muslim girls using technology. Doctoral dissertation to York University.

Dahya, N. (2008). Videogames for education and social change: Examining representation and learning in serious and persuasive digital-games. Master’s level thesis to York University.