During my more than fifteen years as a researcher, I’ve studied people’s experiences and lifeworlds, questioned deeply held assumptions, and synthesized insights into evaluations and strategies that inspire services, designs, policies, community engagement, and culture change. I specialize in global field research and sensemaking projects. The numbers might tell you what people do, I can show you how and why.
I’m an anthropologist and human-centered researcher who delivers meaning-rich, contextualized findings. My ethnographic and psychocultural methods challenge conventional thinking and make sense of complexity. I move beyond the numbers to ask nuanced questions, learn from the experience of others, and bring holism and humanity into the research process (no matter what the topic). My work illuminates the ‘black box’ between subjectivity and material worlds, and my interdisciplinary engagement within a design-thinking paradigm offers a holistic and future-oriented reimagining of what it means to be human.
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.
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
•International and cross-cultural projects in difficult to access communities
•International development, global health, and humanitarian engineering
•Program evaluation and social impact analysis
•Sensitive, difficult, and ambiguous topics
•Theoretically grounded, nimble analysis and sensemaking that uncovers patterns and assumptions
•Cultural psychodynamics and other approaches that capture the implicit and unspoken, people’s perceptions, emotions, and experiences, and what is most at stake in their lives
•Design, systems, and critical 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.
I 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.
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