Pereira is a member of the Seeds of Good Anthropocenes project and is currently working with Jan Kuiper on a Formas funded project, “The futures we want: exploring diverse, credible and positive scenarios for navigating transformation under the 2030 Agenda” where she leads the workshop design for the participatory processes for the Hollandse Duinen case study in The Hague. Pereira is also co-ordinating the SRC’s module of the Bosch Stiftung Transformational Leadership Post-doc Academy. She is a member of the SRC’s transformations stream and has supervised MSc students in food systems transformation research.
Pereira holds a DPhil in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Oxford. She completed her BSc (Hons) majoring in Zoology, Ecology and Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and read for an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She has worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the Future Agricultures Consortium at the Institute of Development Studies, as a Giorgio Ruffolo and Gundle fellow in sustainability science at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and as a post-doc at the University of Cape Town under the Bioeconomy chair. Pereira was a lecturer at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch university under the GRAID project. She is currently based between the Centre for Food Policy, City University of London, the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University and the SRC. Pereira has an extraordinary appointment at the CST, and an honorary affiliation in the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu Natal.
Pereira was a co-ordinating lead author for UN Environment’s GEO-6Assessment and a Lead Author for the GEO-6 Africa Regional Assessment. She was also a lead author for the IPBES Regional Assessment for Africa, is the review editor for the IPBES Values Assessment and was a member of the IPBES Expert group on scenarios and modelling. She is also a contributing author to the Africa chapter of the IPCC’s 6th assessment report.
Laura is a member of the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and is also an active member of the EAT Forum. She is a and a member of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) and a lead on the CGIAR’s CCAFS (Climate Change and Food Security) scenarios team.
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2019 - Journal / article
Scenario development helps people think about a broad variety of possible futures; however, the global environmental change community has thus far developed few positive scenarios for the future of the planet and humanity. Those that have been developed tend to focus on the role of a few common, large-scale external drivers, such as technology or environmental policy, even though pathways of positive change are often driven by...
2019 - Journal / article
Scenario development has been recognized as a potential method to explore future change and stimulate a reflective process that can contribute to more informed decision-making. The assessment process under IPBES (the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) has however shown that the current predominantly biophysical and economic models and scenario processes for exploring the future of...