Laura provides support to a wide range of ocean-related projects and activities. In particular, she is using her social science and economics knowledge to support projects on ocean-related Sustainable Development Goal delivery and the development of a marine ecosystem service toolkit. Laura’s main areas of expertise are ocean policy, marine spatial planning, the ecosystem services approach, and stakeholder engagement.
Before joining the Centre, Laura worked at the Centre for Marine Conservation and Policy Research at Plymouth University. She recently completed a PhD exploring the role of ecosystem service assessment in facilitating marine stakeholder engagement. During her PhD, Laura worked on the VALMER Project, which investigated how ecosystem service assessment can support marine planning in the English Channel. As well as her PhD, Laura has an MSc in Marine Policy and Planning from Plymouth University and a postgraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lüneburg, Germany.
Laura is supporting research on how marine area based planning tools can support the delivery of ocean-related sustainable development goals. This involves undertaking structured reviews of area-based planning tools from around the world.
As part of the EU Natural Capital Accounting Project, Laura is supporting the review of the marine elements of the Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES).
As part of the GEF Blue Forest project, Laura is supporting the development of a toolkit for the assessment of blue forest ecosystem services for use in field sites in in Ecuador, Mozambique, Madagascar, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, central America and Kenya.