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Professor, RMIT University

Lauren is a critical human geographer working on climate change issues, notably adaptation and mitigation implications for the agricultural and water sectors. At RMIT University, she is a Professor in sustainability at the School of Global Urban and Social Studies, co-leader of the Centre for Urban Research's research program on Climate Change Transformations and Interim Director of the cross-university Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform.

Before joining RMIT, Lauren was a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (where she remains an Associate), an Associate Partner at RM Consulting Group, and Vice-Principal of University of Melbourne academic college Janet Clark Hall. Lauren has a D.Phil. and MSc. from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She is co-convenor of the Institute of Australian Geographers' Nature, Risk and Resilience study group and 2010-2017 was Deputy Chair of the federal Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.


  • 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)