Omar Andrés Alcover-Firpi
As a researcher, I have always been interested in working collaboratively with communities, developing projects and initiatives that support social justice, equity, and an environmentally sustainable future. Through my past experiences, I have garnered a variety of professional and personal interests, including environmental justice, participatory research, and education. Trained as an anthropologist, I strongly believe in the power of collaboration and in learning together. At Informing Change, I am lucky to work with like-minded colleagues to tackle some of the biggest problems of our generation.
At Informing Change, I take on many roles. I am a learning partner, researcher, as well as a project manager. I work collaboratively with my colleagues to support and strengthen a wide range of communities and organizations. I manage both the larger goals of the project, as well as the everyday tasks that keep projects going. By listening, asking the right questions, and reflecting together, I help clients make meaning of the sometimes-messy web of data their projects produce. With a background in remote sensing and geospatial sciences, I am also able to help clients visualize their impact through interactive dashboards and maps. Moreover, my anthropological education provides me with the theoretical tools and methodological expertise to provide further context to data. I merge both of these competences in my work to help organizations garner the insights and tools needed to strengthen their impact.
As a fan of science fiction, I draw inspiration from the worlds that authors have imagined. When I am not at work, I enjoy running, biking, and hiking in the many parks near my home.
- Mixed methods research
- Collaborative, community-centered investigation
- Geospatial- and landscape-centered research
- Ethnographic research and oral histories
- Data visualization
- Content Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Researcher, Piedras Negras-Yaxchilan Landscape Project
- Researcher, El Zotz Archaeological Project
- PhD, Anthropology, Brown University
- MA, Anthropology, Brown University
- BA, Archaeology and Latin American Studies, Boston University