Researcher/Lecturer at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Laura completed her BSc at Wits in Zoology, Ecology and Law before moving to Oxford where she did an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy and a DPhil on the private sector’s adaptive capacity to climate change impacts on the food system. Following her DPhil, she was a Giorgio Ruffolo fellow in sustainability science at Harvard’s Kennedy School before starting a post-doc at UCT where she worked on orphan crop innovation for transformation in the food system. Laura was a researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University where she worked on the GRAID project exploring how resilience thinking can be applied to development challenges, using novel methodologies from futures and lab thinking. She is based full-time at the Centre for Food Policy where she is a research fellow on SHEFS project group working on food systems governance in South Africa.
Laura has done research in South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Kenya and she is passionate about allowing the diversity of developing country stories to be heard. She is also very keen on exploring alternative methods in sustainability research.


  • –present
    Post-doc Researcher/Lecturer looking at orphan crop innovation for food system transformation, University of Cape Town

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Researcher/Lecturer at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation