Dam Decision Making

Multi-modal and community-engaged research to understand and inform ongoing collaborative decision making and decolonization. Focuses on dam and river restoration in the Penobscot River Watershed.

Multi-modal and community-engaged research to understand and inform ongoing collaborative decision making and decolonization. Focuses on dam and river restoration in the Penobscot River Watershed.

Client

New England Sustainability Consortium

Key deliverables

  • Poster about exploratory research design and data analysis (photograph showing incorporated mixed media).
  • Analysis of 244 news articles and 15 stakeholder interviews about dam removal and decision making in the Penobscot River Watershed.
  • Institutional Review Board documentation to inform decolonizing research.
  • Google Drive media database of 1,081 photographs and videos provided to the Penobscot Nation along with digital tools to manage the database and connect it with environmental science monitoring data.
  • Open-access dissertation published via Digital Commons (slides from public defense).

My roles

  • Research designer
  • Interviewer
  • Data manager
  • Lead data analyst
  • Research writer

Techniques

  • Ethnography
  • Interviewing
  • Photography
  • Thematic analysis

Technologies

  • GoPro and DSLR cameras
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Google Drive, Sheets, and Apps Script
  • NVivo
  • SQL & SQLite queries
  • Python programming
  • LaTeX & BibTeX

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