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Associate professor, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Laura Pereira an Associate Professor at the Global Change Institute at Wits University and a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. She is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, having been trained in ecology, law, zoology and human geography. Following her undergraduate at Wits, she went on to complete her DPhil in Geography at Oxford University in 2012, before undertaking post-docs in sustainability science at Harvard’s Kennedy School and at the University of Cape Town. She has subsequently worked at Stellenbosch University, City University of London and Utrecht University. She is interested in the interface between traditional knowledge and innovation, the role of futures techniques in enabling transformative change and developing innovative methods for knowledge co-production in Global South contexts. Laura sits on the IPBES Task Force on scenarios and models and is also a member of the Earth Commission’s Working Group 4 on Transformations.


  • –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