Lauren comes to the Centre with experience working collaboratively with civil society, academia, public sector, and international organisations across a range of initiatives from policy, research and analysis to program design and development to delivery, with specific interests in learning design and experiential learning.
Over the last decade, Lauren has worked across a range of humanitarian, development, and peace and security issues and contexts, with experience in gender mainstreaming, gender- sensitive programming, and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). Prior to joining the Centre, Lauren worked with the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Asia-Pacific’s regional hub in Bangkok.
Prior to this she worked as Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Advisor with Save the Children Australia, spending time embedded within Save the Children International’s Context Analysis and Foresight Unit and deploying as a humanitarian analyst for the Global Expertise Humanitarian Surge Platform with Save the Children Thailand. Lauren also worked with the Australian Defence and security forces in policy advisor and civil-military coordination and lessons learned roles. Her work experience also spans civil society organisations, including with a grassroots community development organisation in Timor-Leste and the Red Cross in emergency preparedness as well as working with and for national and federal government.
Lauren holds a Master of International Security and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Charles Darwin University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Multimedia from the University of Technology, Sydney.