Laura Ogden (L.J.)
Laura is a PhD researcher on the MO-TRAYL project led by Prof. Valentina Mazzucato. She works in the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development research program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Professional career history
Prior to starting her PhD, Laura worked for several years in international education development in Timor-Leste (East Timor) with the Timorese Ministry of Education, NGOs and international donors. Laura has also worked in public and youth arts in local government (Melbourne, Australia).
Laura obtained a Masters in Cultural Anthropology (Visual Ethnography) from Leiden University in 2016. Her thesis, including the ethnographic film, Scripting Change, investigated how the 2013 Timorese primary-school curriculum reform navigated and highlighted tensions between the educational ideals of various local and international stakeholders. Laura's other qualifications span Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, and Copyediting.