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  • Technology and Social Change


Katya is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington Information School. Her research interests lie at the intersection of technology, social inclusion and design. She works with organizations to develop better programs fro immigrant and refugee communities in the greater Seattle area. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Katya worked as a newspaper reporter and online content editor.


  • MC (Master of Communication, professional degree), Digital Media, University of Washington, 2016
  • BA, Journalism, University of Washington, 2008


  • Association for Computing Machinery

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Panel
    Building Empathy and Understanding Toward Migration through Games and Creative Activities (2019)
    Association for Borderlands Studies Conference 2019 Authors: Diane Lopez, Ricardo Gomez, Sara Vannini, Amanda Chin, Katya Yefimova, Yvette Iribe Ramirez
  • Conference Paper
    Za’atari Refugee Cookbook: Relevance, Challenges and Design Considerations (2017)
    CHI 2017 Authors: Karen Fisher, R. Talhouk, Katya Yefimova, D. Al-Shahrabi, E. Yafi, S. Ewalk, S. Comber
  • Conference Paper
    Adapting design thinking and cultural probes to the experiences of immigrant youth: Uncovering the roles of visual media and music in ICT wayfaring (2016)
    Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '16) Authors: Karen Fisher, Katya Yefimova, Ann Peterson Bishop
  • Conference Paper
    Future’s Butterflies: Co-Designing ICT Wayfaring Technology with Refugee Syrian Youth (2016)
    IDC '16: Proceedings of the The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children Authors: Karen Fisher, Katya Yefimova, E. Yafi
  • Conference Paper
    HCI, forced migration and refugees: Collaborations across borders and fields (2016)
    CHI 2016 Development Consortium 2016: HCI Across Borders Authors: Karen Fisher, Katya Yefimova, Negin Dahya, E. Yafi, E. Belding, M. Borkert, G. Chi, A. Chib, C. Cravero, D. Diminescu, O. Farshi, K. Friedman, P. Giencke, V. Katz, P. Schmitt, N. Hoan, J. Wishnie, V. Wolf
  • Conference Poster
    The best, the worst and hardest to find: How people, mobiles, and social media connect migrants in(to) Europe (2016)
    Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Authors: M. Borkert, Karen Fisher, E. Yafi, Katya Yefimova
  • Conference Paper
    Fotohistorias: Participatory Photography as a Methodology to Elicit the Life Experiences of Migrants (2015)
    Proceedings of HICSS 48 Authors: Katya Yefimova, Moriah Neils, Bryce Newell, Ricardo Gomez
  • Conference Paper
    Photo Stories of Life at the Border: an interactive photo exhibition (2015)
    Association for Borderlands Studies Annual Conference Authors: Ricardo Gomez, Katya Yefimova, Bryce Newell, Veronica Guajardo
  • Conference Workshop Paper
    Photo Stories: an interactive photo exhibition based on participatory photography with Hispanic migrants at the US-Mexico (2015)
    Proceedings of ICTD 2015 Conference Authors: Ricardo Gomez, Katya Yefimova, Bryce Newell, Veronica Guajardo, Sara Vannini


  • Young hackers: Hacking technology at Za'atari Refugee Camp (2018)
    ACM CHI - Montreal, Canada
  • Stand #WithRefugees: Workshop on Field and Design Methods for Supporting Refugees through Library Services and Other Social and Policy Innovations (2017)
    iConference 2017 - Wuhan, China
  • Future Builders: Magical Devices and Start-ups by Syrian Youth at the UNHCR Za’atari Refugee Camp (2016)
    Google Kids and Families Team, Crisis Response Team, Verily, Alphabet - Mountain View, CA
  • Teen Design Day on Co-Designing Technology to Support Social Justice with Free Library of Philadelphia + iConference Interactive Peer Debriefing (2016)
    iConference 2016 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Za’atari Camp at the Jordanian-Syrian border: Redefining connectivity, encapsulation and cosmopolitanism (2016)
    Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, KNAW) colloquium - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Photo Stories of Life at the Border: An Interactive Photo Exhibition Based on Participatory Photography with Hispanic Migrants at the U.S.–Mexico Border to Stimulate Participation and Reflection on Immigration and Information (2015)
    Association for Borderlands Studies Annual Conference - Portland, OR