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Zakir Jamal Suleman

Masters' Student
Information School

I am deeply interested in the ways information systems can be used to create a better, more equitable world. I have a background in philosophy, which leads me to think critical about the values, goals, and personhood of users and systems. I am a utopian thinker, and see value in the union between pragmatic solutions and foundational values. In 2019, I designed and facilitated consultations on how to encourage innovation with Vancouver’s settlement sector. In 2017 I helped organize Canada’s first ever national deliberative dialogue with randomly selected participants on climate change and resource management. In 2015, I created and directed The Belonging Project, which explored first- and second-generation experiences of “belonging” in Canada through an intersectional lens. I am privileged to make my home on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the information behavior of refugee youth. My research interests include exploring relationships between diasporic settlers and the original peoples of Canada, building responsive information architecture, UX/UI applications, and the phenomenology of human computer interaction. I am currently exploring the smartphone-based information behavior of refugee youth through my thesis work.