Becca Smith

Design researcher and Radio DJ in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Hi! I'm a design researcher, focused on improving tangible experiences and creating positive social impact. I previously led qualitative needs assessment efforts at MIT's D-Lab and authored the D-Lab Scale-Ups User Research Framework, an in-depth resource for conducting qualitative research in cross-cultural contexts (link above). I conducted research with smallholder farmers in Zambia and with household water collectors in Kenya; other fieldwork took me to Tanzania, Ghana, India, Brazil and Haiti. Now I am focused on connecting in my local community around food, agriculture, bicycling, music and art.

You can find me on the radio (hosting Breakfast of Champions, a weekly indie rock show on WMBR 88.1fm), riding my bike, cooking vegetarian dishes to share, making art, hosting house shows, or in a hammock!

Feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or collaboration opportunities.

  • #designresearch
  • #community-building
  • #userresearch
  • #socialimpact
  • #music
  • Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology