Shannon’s work aims to use anthropology and design to reframe ambiguous and ambitious human-environmental and ONE-health problems from a local, human perspective and then to prototype scalable, grassroots solutions to these problems.
These projects offer students and local teams a chance to practice social science research and human-centered design in real-world contexts in Shannon’s areas of expertise - international wildlife trade and human-environment relationships.
Using human-centered design (HCD) with the Hive team and Animals Asia turned out to be one of the most transformative experiences of my life. From co-designing with community members to prototyping ideas for collective care, I learned how to advocate for community voices, facilitate creative problem solving, and ultimately leverage design for social change.
Shannon did a fantastic job of never talking down to us, listening to our ideas, respecting and responding to them, and letting us carry the project in the direction we wanted. It is so important for students to feel that their voices are heard, and their ideas are valued.
LAURA ZHANG, POMONA 2018