A micro history in Hyderabad

Hema Malini Waghray or Malini is the principal investigator for the archival research project about  the Brahma Kshatriya Community (BKC) of Hyderabad. It is one of the thriving communities, and one that has managed to preserve its identity for centuries in the diverse religious and ethnic landscape of Charminar, the Old City and new Hyderabad and... Continue Reading →

choosing wellness

In 2015 I was diagnosed with having a 5.6 on my a1c level and an appointment with my primary care physician did not go well. I remember, she quickly went down a list of dos and don’ts, asking me to give up a lot of stuff/ food but also making me feel utterly helpless and... Continue Reading →

research on employment in Princeton area

sociological research before the UX research There is a blackbox that needed to be unearthed before the job search app began. It came out of the user need to fill the gap for the low-wage work force in Princeton. Combining the various disparate elements of the ongoing employment efforts underway by many agencies in the area... Continue Reading →

ux research for bike view: new jersey dot crash data

The Bike View website/app came out of data analysis work at Code for Princeton on New Jersey Department of Transportation Crash Data. In order to use the data further, the Princeton Bike and Pedestrian Alliance member came forward with an idea to use Bike Crash data. Experienced bikers in the Princeton area were able to... Continue Reading →

persona: users, consumers, customers, clients and humans!

In any order you see it, the common element in the categories of users, consumers, clients and customers are the stories we hear from each of these people and these are of value. Each one has a context and each serves a different purpose and has a story. Woven together for value- the stories serve... Continue Reading →

affordable housing calculator: expert input and community engagement

Expert input and team engagement: Bringing the affordable housing technology leads, coordinators, stakeholders and municipal liaisons to communicate to enable better product design was the goal for this effort. Research Methods: Interviews, heuristic review of current affordable housing websites, community discussion, developers' feedback. Communication for a team of people with disparate backgrounds is a challenge when you have... Continue Reading →

ethnographic interviews

Ethnographic Interviews: Consumer Negotiations This research was conducted as a part of the PhD thesis (abstract) on the Urban Indian middle class in India that has undergone tremendous changes in their lives due to the simple fact of increased income levels and thereby increases in disposable incomes. One way to look at this change would... Continue Reading →

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