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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Research news | 2020-09-24
Humanity relies on nature in a wide variety of ways. Opening up a diversity of perspectives is critical to identify pathways towards desirable futures
Research news | 2020-03-26
Three major innovations helped shape the global food system in the past. How can we learn from them to develop a more sustainable system for the future?
Research news | 2020-03-18
Researchers, practitioners and artists present previously unimagined ways of thinking about sustainability futures in the region
Research news | 2019-11-29
Study assesses what it takes to make good meetings become venues for change
2020 - Journal / article
In the rapidly changing and uncertain world of the Anthropocene, positive visions of the future could play a crucial role in catalysing deep social-ecological transformations to help guide humanity towards more sustainable and equitable futures. This paper presents the outcomes from a novel visioning process designed to elicit creative and inspirational future scenarios for southern Africa. The approach based scenario develop...
2020 - Journal / article
Sustainably achieving the goal of global food security is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The current food system is failing to meet the needs of people, and at the same time, is having far-reaching impacts on the environment and undermining human well-being in other important ways. It is increasingly apparent that a deep transformation in the way we produce and consume food is needed in order to ensure a m...
2019 - Journal / article
Creating a just and sustainable planet will require not only small changes, but also systemic transformations in how humans relate to the planet and to each other, i.e., social–ecological transformations. We suggest there is a need for collaborative environments where experimentation with new configurations of social–ecological systems can occur, and we refer to these as transformative spaces. In this paper, we seek a better ...
2019 - Journal / article
Projections of a burgeoning population coupled with global environmental change offer an increasingly dire picture of the state of the world's food security in the not-too-distant future. But how can we transform the current food system to become more sustainable, more equitable and more just? We identify kitchens as sites of transformative innovation in the food system where cooks and chefs can leverage traditional food knowl...