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: 


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. 


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


Variety of research tools

I have used and experimented with a variety of research tools, including: R, Stata, SPSS, Marvin, Qualtrics,, 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. 


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. 


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


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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