Research / Geospatial Analyst
Nicole Walter contributes to the design and analysis for impact and performance evaluations of USAID-funded projects, most notably in the areas of land, land tenure security, rural development and natural resource management. Ms. Walter also coordinates Cloudburst’s geospatial analysis for international land tenure research and supports housing, community development, and disaster-related research projects across the USA. Most recently, Ms. Walter led qualitative and quantitative data collection efforts in Colombia for a performance evaluation of a USAID funded program targeting government capacity building across restitution, rural development, formalization and information management efforts. Ms. Walter also leads data visualization efforts to better articulate research findings to a broader audience.
Ms. Walter’s research expertise in housing, community development, and land tenure issues spans across the globe. Prior to her work at Cloudburst Group, Ms. Walter worked as a consultant on the World Bank’s Urbanization Review publication on Mexico, conducting a spatial analysis on the economic productivity and urban form of cities across Mexico.
Ms. Walter earned her MA in Urban Planning at UCLA where she focused her work on land tenure, women’s empowerment and the use of geospatial technologies. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Walter worked in Guatemala conducting research on participatory planning methods in rural community development as part of a Fulbright research fellowship. She also completed her BA in Architecture at University of California, Berkeley where she worked on participatory design projects in Brazil and Bolivia.
In Her Own Words
“To solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, I believe we need to breakdown silos and create innovative multidisciplinary solutions that embrace technology and citizen engagement.”