Laura works as a Professor of Development Research and Evaluation in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and is currently Head of the School. She has two daughters, aged 4 and 10, and consequently doesn’t have time for much else! Before she came to UEA she worked with Young Lives (Oxford University), a study of children’s lives over time, and the Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research group (Bath University), and has a keen interest in education and social mobility. Her research interests centre around methodologies for doing good, ethical research and generating data for evaluation. Laura became a Costa Foundation Trustee in 2019 as she wanted to do something relating to education where you could see an immediate difference.