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Professor, RMIT University

Lauren is Chair of Climate Change Adaptation La Trobe University, where is Director of the La Trobe Climate Change Adaptation Lab. Prior to La Trobe, Lauren was Director of the Urban Futures Enabling Impact Platform at RMIT. Lauren was a Lead Author of the Sixth Assessment Report on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
  • 2011–2014
    Research fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2006–2009
    Associate Partner and Senior Consultant, RM Consulting Group
  • 2004–2005
    Vice-Principal, Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne


  • 2006 
    University of Oxford, D.Phil./Human Geography
  • 2000 
    University of Oxford, MSc. Environmental Change and Management
  • 1998 
    University of Melbourne, BSc.(Hons)/Physical Geography

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Australian Geographers

Research Areas

  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)


Rhodes Scholarship (Australia-at-Large, 1999)