Gender dynamics and land use change amongst smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

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Laura researches the interactions between male and female smallholder farmers and forest/agricultural landscapes in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ghana. She is mapping how landscapes and patterns of land use are changing, particularly in the light of a changing climate and possible food insecurity, and the roles that women play in these processes. Laura is taking a mixed methods approach, combining remote sensing with local interviews. Her research is funded by NERC as part of the Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership.

Laura holds an MSc in Environment and Development (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and was awarded the Best Dissertation Prize for her work on the gendered impacts of climate shocks on farmers in Tanzania. She also holds a BSc Biology (First Class) from Durham University. Before embarking on her PhD, Laura was a Senior Associate consultant at PwC, working on land use, international development and green finance.

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