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Safa'a AbuJarour

Foto: Jan Kopankiewicz

safaa.abujarouruni-potsdamde

+49 331977 3329

Campus Griebnitzsee
Karl-Marx-Straße 67
14482 Potsdam

Consulting hours by appointment

Foto: Jan Kopankiewicz

As a motivated researcher in the area of Social Networks and IT Usage and Socialization, Safa’a AbuJarour has started her PhD studies with Prof. Hanna Krasnova at the chair of Business and Public Sector Information at the University of Potsdam since January 2016, and has started her role as a Research Associate at the same chair since March 2016.  Before moving to the University of Potsdam, Safa’a has spent two year, 2014-2016, as a Research Associate at the ESCP Europe Business School in Berlin in the context of the EU Project: Open Educational Ideas and Innovation www.idea-space.eu. Together with the international project team, she dealt with new practices, services and learning technologies for Open Education. Safa’a AbuJarour obtained her Master’s degree from Humboldt University of Berlin in 2012. In the context of her Master's Thesis about “Investigating the Usage of Facebook by Arab People”, she investigated the use of Facebook by Arab people and compared the results with the results of prior similar studies done for Germany and USA by her supervisors: Prof. Oliver Günther and Dr. Hanna Krasnova. Safa’a journey started at the Arab American University in Jenin – Palestine, where she received her B.Sc. in the major of Management Information Systems in 2005. During her Master’s studies, she enriched her professional experience, where she worked as a Support Engineer at Meltwater News and as a Research Lab Manager at the ESMT - European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. In her latter role, she was responsible, in the period 2010-2012, for managing the activities in the research lab, where they run studies focusing on the areas of leadership, social responsibility, European competitiveness, and technology management.

In her current research topic on “The Role of Technology in Alleviating the Current Refugees’ Crisis”, she has been applying scientific research methods to the use of Social Networks by the refugees in Germany and how they use IT to survive their dangerous and long journey to Europe, in addition to increase their chances of getting integrated into the new society. In particular, her research evolves around the use of smartphones and Social Networks by refugees with the goal of utilizing them to get them integrated into the new hosting societies.

During her voluntary engagement with the refugees in Berlin, she created a Facebook group and then a website, place4refugees.de, that serves the needs of the volunteers and the refugees. During the previous months, she has been gathering many insights about how the refugees use their smartphones and Social Networks to deal with the new situation in Germany using qualitative research methods.

Safa’a believes that IT can play a crucial role in the integration process of the refugees, and she believes that the value of science and research is tackling current issues and coming up with innovative solutions to them following scientific methods. And this fits exactly to her background as a member of the German society with immigration background, who would like to bridge the gap between the two cultures and to employ research to come up with a scientific approach to interconnect the newcomers and German society and support the integration process.

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Research Interest

  • Digital Integration: The Use of Technology/ICT by Refugees and Migrants 
  • Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)
  • Social Inclusion through ICT
  • Social Media Use
  • Online Privacy Perception and Concerns
  • Social Media Marketing/Social Media Campaigns
  • E-Learning and Open Education
  • Cultural Differences in the Digital Age

Current Research Topic: “The Role of Technology in Alleviating the Current Refugees Crisis”

Media Coverage

List of Publications

Journals

  • AbuJarour, S., Wiesche, M., Díaz Andrade, A., Fedorowicz, J., Krasnova, H., Olbrich, S., Tan, C., Urquhart, C.,  Venkatesh, V. (2019) "ICT-enabled Refugee Integration: A Research Agenda, Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), 44,  doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.04440

Conference Proceedings

2019

  • AbuJarour, S., Ajjan, H., Fedorowicz, J., Köster, A. (2019) "Turning the Dark Side of Social Media Bright! The Case of Immigration in the USA and Germany", Panel, 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Cancun, 2019.
  • AbuJarour, S., and Rabaiah, A. (2019) “Opening the Black-Box of Facebook Use in Palestine: An Empirical Study.” In the 3rd AFU International Conference: Towards Advanced Scientific Knowledge (TASK2019) in Business Sciences, Dubai, UAE.
  • AbuJarour, S. (2019) “Smartphone App Adoption at Home and on the Move: The Case of Syrians.” In the 3rd AFU International Conference: Towards Advanced Scientific Knowledge (TASK2019) in Business Sciences, Dubai, UAE.
  • AbuJarour, S., Bergert, C., Gundlach, J., Köster, A., Krasnova, H. (2019) "Your Home Screen is Worth a Thousand Words”: Investigating the Prevalence of Smartphone Apps among Refugees in Germany", 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Cancun, 2019.

2018

  • AbuJarour, S. (2018) Digital Integration: The Role of ICT in Social Inclusion of Refugees in Germany, Doctoral Consortium of the Twenty-Sixth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS2018), Portsmouth, UK, 2018
  • AbuJarour, S., Krasnova, H. (2018) E-Learning as a Means of Social Inclusion: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Germany, Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2018), New Orleans, LA, August 16-18, 2018
  • AbuJarour, S., Krasnova, H., Hoffmeier, F. (2018) ICT as an Enabler: Understanding the Role of Online Communication in the Social Inclusion of Syrian Refugees in Germany, Twenty-Sixth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS2018), Portsmouth, UK, 2018

2017

    • AbuJarour, S., Krasnova, H. (2017) “Understanding the Role of ICTs in Promoting Social Inclusion: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Germany”, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2017), Guimarães, Portugal.
    • AbuJarour, S., Krasnova, H., Díaz Andrade, A., Olbrich, S., Tan, C.-W., Urquhart, C., Wiesche, M. (2017) "Empowering Refugees with Technology: Best Practices and Research Agenda”, Panel Proposal, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2017), Guimarães, Portugal.

    2016

    • AbuJarour, S. Krasnova, H., Wenninger, H., Fedorowicz, J., Tan, C.-W., Urquhart, C., Venkatesh, V., (2016) “Leveraging Technology for Refugee Integration: How Can We Help?”, Panel Proposal, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2016), Dublin, Ireland.

    2015

    • AbuJarour, S., Pawlowski, J., Bick M., Bagucanskyte, M., Frankenberg, A., Hudak, R., Makropoulos, C., Pappa, D., Pitsilis, V., Pirkkalainen, H., Tannhauser, A. C., Trepule, E., Vidalis, A. and Volungeviciene, A. (2015). Idea-Space: A Use Case of Collaborative Course Development in Higher Education. In Proceedings Wissensgemeinschaften 2015, Dresden: TUDpress, ISBN: 978-3-95908-010-1, S. 149-156
    • AbuJarour, S., Pirkkalainen, H., Pawlowski, J., Bick, M., Bagucanskyte, M., Frankenberg, A., Hudak, R., Makropoulos, C., Pappa, D., Pitsilis, V., Tannhauser, A., Trepule, E., Vidalis, A. and Volungeviciene, A. (2015). Design Principles for Collaboration Platforms for Open Education. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, ISBN 978-989-758-107-6, pages 349-359. DOI: 10.5220/0005451003490359
    • AbuJarour, S., Bick, M., Pawlowski, J., Volungeviciene, A., Trepule, E., Bagucanskyte, M., Pirkkalainen, H., Ehlers, U. D., Hudak, R., Makropoulos, C., Pappa, D., Pitsilis, V., Vidalis, A. and Tannhauser, A. C. (2014). Enhancing the Experience of Online Users of Open Education. In Web and Open Access to Learning (ICWOAL), 2014 International Conference on, Dubai, pp. 1-6. DOI: 10.1109/ICWOAL.2014.7009217

    Other

    2016

    2012

    • AbuJarour, S. (2012) "Investigating the Use of Facebook by Arab People: An Empirical Approach", Master's Thesis, Humbold University of Berlin. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Oliver Guenther, Prof. Dr. Hanna Krasnova.

    Presentations and Transfer (selected list)

    •  A keynote presentation on the topic “Digital Integration and ICT Use by Refugees in Germany” at the Workshop “Social Contact Metaketa”, organized by the Social Science Center-WZB Berlin
    • Guest talk about “Digital Integration” at a trans-disciplinary workshop organized by the Volksbühne Berlin
    • Jury-member of the Selection Committee for the Anawati Innovation Award 2017 at the Georges Anawati Foundation
    • Interview at the Live Debate “Integration 4.0” by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin
    • Panelist at the panel discussion “Leveraging Technology for Refugee Integration: How Can We Help?” at the International Conference of Information Systems 2016 in Dublin, Ireland
    • Breakthrough “Breaking the Wall of Social Exclusion for Refugees” at the Falling Walls Lab organized by the annual science event Falling Walls in Berlin

    Services for the Research Community

    • Track Chair at the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020) in Marrakech, Morocco 

    o      Title: Digital Inclusion in Education, Work, and Society

    o      Co-Chairs: Antonio Diaz Andrade and Wafa Elgarah

    • Technical Program Committee at the Ninth International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics (SOTICS 2019) in Valencia, Spain
    • Program Committee Member at the Third International Conference: Towards Advanced Scientific Knowledge (TASK3-2019) in Business Sciences in Dubai, UAE
    • Technical Program Committee at the Fourth International Conference on Advances in Computation, Communications and Services (ACCSE 2019) in Nice, France
    • Reviewer for conferences and journals (selected list):

    o  ICIS, ECIS, AMCIS, HICSS

    o  International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik

    o  Journal: International Migration

    o  The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries

    o  International Journal of Information Systems and Project Management

    Memberships

    • Representative at the Professorship Selection Committee at the University of Potsdam
    • Association for Information Systems (AIS)
    • SIG: Social Inclusion (SIGSI)
    • AIS College: AIS Women’s Network
    • AIS College: College of Academic Leadership
    • AIS Chapters: Germany
    • AIS Chapters: Middle East and North Africa

    Volunteer Work

    Since 2015, founder and chairwoman of the non-profit organization “Place4Refugees e.V.” in Berlin. 

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