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
Previously, Laura was a project manager for public and youth arts programming for Melbourne City Council (Australia). She then worked in international development in Timor-Leste (East Timor), with roles spanning education, organisational development, and local governance with NGOs, the Timorese Government and international donors.
Laura obtained a Masters in Cultural Anthropology (Visual Ethnography) from Leiden University in 2016. Her thesis (including the ethnographic film, Scripting Change) investigated the different educational ideals and cultures involved in the 2013 primary-school curriculum reform, which was explicitly branded as a nation-building and development instrument by the Timorese Government. Specifically, the thesis asked how the new curriculum in Timor-Leste adapted international education models to the local context, and how the new curriculum policy was put into practice by the multinational team writing the curriculum and the teachers responsible for implementing it. Her other qualifications span Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, and Copyediting.