Lauren is a critical human geographer currently working as a Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. In this role, she works on the socio-political and cultural aspects of sustainability issues with a range of academic and practitioner groups, including the Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network (PIARN) (http://piarn.org.au), the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (http://www.vcccar.org.au) and the community farmer organisation Birchip Cropping Group (http://www.bcg.org.au). She also lectures across a range of subjects within and beyond the faculty, including leading the Masters subject Interdisciplinary and Environment for the Office of Environmental Programs.
From 2006-2009, Lauren worked as an Associate Partner at RM Consulting Group, consulting to various public, private and community sector groups on strategic rural and sustainability issues. Prior to joining RMCG, she was Vice-Principal of Janet Clarke Hall, one of the University of Melbourne’s academic colleges, and a post-graduate student and non-stipendiary lecturer at the University of Oxford, where she had a Rhodes Scholarship. A fellow and inaugural chair of the Board of the Centre for Sustainability Leaders Fellowship Program (http://www.csl.org.au/), she is now Deputy Chair of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (http://www.tern.org.au).
At Oxford, Lauren did a D.Phil. in critical feminist and rural political geography on the gendered and humanist construction of the "ideal agriculturalist" in formal agricultural education institutions. She also completed a MSc in Environmental Change and Management with a biogeography dissertation in the Canary Islands, building on the interdisciplinary nature of her earlier studies.