Lauren Big

Acting Director of Research and Advocacy
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Lauren Royston works as a senior associate at SERI on a part time basis. She focuses her work on research and advocacy in the “Securing a Home” theme. She was the organisation’s Director of Research and Advocacy from February 2014 to March 2017. Currently she is also a lead researcher at the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA)’s Pathways Project. Prior to joining SERI, she was a principal at Development Works, a development practice based in Johannesburg, where she undertook a wide range of consulting projects involving research, advocacy, writing, policy advisory and implementation support to a variety of provincial, national and municipal government departments and NGOs in the fields of housing, integrated development planning and urban tenure security.

Lauren has 25 years of work experience in the housing, urban land, tenure and planning fields and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies and English Literature, a Master of Science in Development Planning and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, all from the University of the Witwatersrand.