Applied Research

My interests primarily center around understanding the ways that design research can address social and environmental issues, particularly within an urban context. I am also interested in understanding the ways that human relationships with technology are changing the nature of social and urban interactions. I currently possess and employ the research tactics listed below, though I am always learning and expanding my repertoire: 

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Use of qualitative and quantitative methods

I am trained in a variety of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative. My process involves constructing a viable research question and choosing the most appropriate research method, whether that be via interviews, focus groups, surveys, or program evaluation. 

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Interpretation, application, and analysis of data

I have experience with both collecting my own data and cleaning and manipulating large pre-existing datasets. I use a variety of tools to understand and interpret data, including multivariate regression, geographically weighted regression, and coding qualitative data. I have also proposed methods for combining qualitative and quantitative research to answer a research question via evaluation research

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Variety of research tools

I have used and experimented with a variety of research tools, including: R, Stata, SPSS, Marvin, Qualtrics, Pol.is, and ArcGIS. I have also used project management software to plan research, including Google Suite, Basecamp, Airtable, Notion, Asana, as well as GANTT charts visualized in Excel. 

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Data visualization

My background in design provides a solid foundation for visualizing data, and I have extensive knowledge of Adobe Suite, in addition to 3D programs such as Cinema4D. 

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Use of spatial data

With a background in architectural design and a special interest in urban data projects, I have experience manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data in ArcGIS

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High standard of research ethics

I aim to work using the highest standard of research ethics, which includes protecting the data generated from human subjects I work with. In the digital world, I understand the particular importance of data protection and have developed strategies to evade digital surveillance mechanisms. Additionally, I recognize the importance of approaching research with a design and social justice mindset by practicing community-led design.

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