Laura believes that everyone has a valuable story to tell, an interesting perspective to bring to the table and varied experiences that can help inform the design of solutions to some of our world’s most profound challenges.
Laura has extensive experience in the geospatial, data management, and indigenous cultural heritage domains. She has worked with the United Nations on the development of Resolutions that resulted in recognition of the importance of indigenous cultural heritage in the geospatial community. Through a Churchill Fellowship, Laura has explored crowdsourcing for government information systems and provided advice to agencies globally on the benefits of incorporating community knowledge in their systems.
She thrives in complex large-scale environments, while also having an eye for detail, ensuring nuanced interpretations can be communicated with stakeholders. She has developed national systems globally, ensuring governments and their citizens can locate their critical infrastructure, deliver services and plan for long-term sustainability.
For example, Laura has designed complex linked data systems that enable government departments and agencies to exchange critical information. She has also worked with government and private sector agencies to develop robust, joined-up strategies, policies and architectures in a range of domains.
Laura’s PhD studies developed theories of attachment which catalysed the development of new areas of critical geography research, and she has founded her own start-up.