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Carlyn James

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Risk and Resilience Program
Graduate Student
She’s a native Southerner, avid traveller, and wholehearted believer in the idea that who you’re designing for should be who you you’re designing with.nPrior to coming to the GSD, Carlyn was working at the strategic design consultancy ThinkPlace in Canberra, Australia. There, she worked with clients across Australia and Singapore to design innovative solutions to complex ‘human’ problems. Carlyn also assisted in the strategic planning of ThinkPlace’s international development arm.nCarlyn has extensive experience in ethnographic research, particularly in resource-poor contexts from East and West Africa to immigrant communities in Washington, D.C. and the lowest-income counties in the Southeastern US. She has conducted independent research on female entrepreneurship in Ghana with the University of Ghana, collaborative research on agricultural innovation in Kenya with the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute, and policy research on barriers to accessing microfinance in Kenya for the (former) Canadian Internati