Consulting & Field Research

I study human experiences and contexts, uncover patterns and assumptions, and synthesize findings to inspire services, designs, strategies, and change. I specialize in field research, community development, evaluation, and sensemaking projects. The numbers might tell you what people do, I can show you how and why (and what it means).

I’ve conducted and supervised over 30 research and development projects in diverse sociocultural and technological settings. For example, I’ve facilitated drip irrigation design research with farmers in Africa, consulted on sustainable development projects, studied the cultural and ecological basis of infanticide in Ghana, and observed American physician and patient experiences with new technologies in the clinic.

Anthropologists deliver meaning-rich, contextualized findings. My social and psychocultural methods challenge conventional thinking and make sense of complexity. I ask nuanced questions, learn from the experience of others, articulate the “unknown unknowns,” and bring holism and humanity into the research process (no matter what the topic).

In addition to executing all aspects of research design, data collection, and analysis, I specialize in:

•A range of qualitative, mixed, user-experience, and ethnographic methods
•Cross-cultural projects and sensitive or ambiguous topics
•International development, global health, and humanitarian engineering
•Program evaluation and social impact analysis
•Theoretically grounded, nimble analysis and sensemaking that uncovers patterns and assumptions
•Cultural psychodynamic and other approaches that capture the unspoken, people’s perceptions, emotions, and experiences, and what is most at stake in their lives
•Design, systems, and critical thinking paradigms
•Writing and editing (technical, storytelling, proposal, and ethnographic)
•Participatory research and community-based projects
•Translation of findings into actionable plans that can advance the human experience and inform design, health, or strategic goals
•Approaches that attend to the intersections in people’s lives—the junctures and gaps between individual and community, subjectivity and structure, aspirations and limitations, and how people want to be seen and their lived reality.

IMG_2614I am available for field research projects for corporate, government, NGO, and nonprofit organizations seeking design, sensemaking, international development, global health, policy, user experience, and strategy research. I also offer expert witness and advising services on infanticide, culture and health, child and maternal maltreatment, and child rights issues.

Contact me if you are interested.

View my academic specialities and projects here