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.
Rhodes Scholarship (Australia-at-Large, 1999)