Lauren holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a concentration in Development Studies from Carleton University. At Carleton, Lauren was deeply involved in student life on campus. Most notably, she held the position of President for the RESULTS Canada club, participated as a leader during fall orientation, worked as a residence fellow, and was engaged as a senior member of Carleton’s Model United Nations Society. Additionally, she worked as an office assistant on Parliament Hill, a research assistant for Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration, volunteered with the United Nations Association in Canada, and studied abroad for a semester in Grenoble, France.
Lauren honed her interest in sustainable development and global governance through a diverse range of projects and initiatives. In particular, her Undergraduate Honour’s Research Essay, examining the role of grassroots organizations in catalyzing low-carbon energy transitions in India and China, ultimately launched her ambition to establish her career in sustainability. Through this research project, she was introduced to the Sustainability Transitions Research Network and was a member of the organizing committee for the International Sustainability Transitions Conference in June 2019.
Following the conclusion of her undergraduate studies, her work as the executive assistant for the Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada provided her with the opportunity to develop her knowledge of science, technology and innovation within Canada’s natural resource sectors, further entrenching her interest in sustainability and energy systems. Furthermore, her most recent work in Malawi with the World University Service of Canada and Sustainable Waterloo Region further entrenched her passion for climate justice and sustainable development on a local and global scale.
At the BSIA, Lauren hopes to examine community-based approaches to tackling the climate crisis in rural and developing regions that are disproportionately impacted by climate change. She hopes to unpack topics such as energy democracy and environmental racism through her research. Lauren looks forward to continuing her pursuit of a career in climate justice and advocacy following her time at the BSIA.