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Open Research Manager: Data & Methods, Loughborough University

Open Research Manager for Data and Methods at Loughborough University. She is responsible for advocating for Open Research practices and curating research material for the university's repository. Lara is the managing editor of the South African Journal of Business Management, which she successfully moved to an Open Accessing publishing model. She holds a PhD in Information Science, a Masters in Library and Information Science and three other degrees. She has more than two decades of experience in supporting researchers, which started in academic librarianship. Her experience supporting researchers in resource-poor environments has led to her deep interest in research impact and the measurement and reporting thereof. She is a member of Emerald Publishing’s Research Impact Advisory Board. Lara has published on a wide number of topics, taught various courses at Masters and Doctoral students, and examined several dissertations.


  • 2022–present
    Open Research Manager: Data & Methods, Loughborough University


  • 2015 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, PhD