Laura Mapstone Scott

Research, Project Management and Strategy Consulting

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Scottish born and raised in Hong Kong, Laura has lived and worked across South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Laura holds degrees with top honors in Environmental Geography, International Development and Political Science. Laura's research focused on geopolitical issues in international policy and sustainable development.

After six years managing projects and research for international organisations, Laura relocated to Silicon Valley to work as a qualitative and quantitative researcher and strategy consultant for social impact startups. Laura is a Fellow at the Founders Institute Silicon Valley and passionate about technology for social good.

Laura is experienced at problem solving, commmunicating issues and policy decisions and leading cross-functional teams. Strong analytical and organizational skills and passionate about linking research to action and in creating forums for information sharing and collaboration on social and environmental initiatives.

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Understanding and Tackling Poverty and Vulnerability in Mountain Livelihoods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

I authored a chapter of The Hindu Kush Himalayan Assessment which critically reviews the existing knowledge on livelihoods, poverty, and vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). Development in mountain areas and the practices of people in these areas are uniquely conditioned by distinct characteristics that we term “mountain specificities”. Some of these specificities—such as inaccessibility, fragility, and marginality—constrain development. Others—such as abundant biological diversity, ecological niches, and adaptation mechanisms—present development opportunities ...

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Water User Associations and the Politics of Water in Jordan, Journal of World Development

Jordan is often held up as one of the most water scarce countries in the world. The water scarcity in the country is not an absolute, but rather a politically mediated reality. The cubic meter numbers for Jordan may very well point toward absolute scarcity, but those numbers hide as much as they reveal. They hide the worlds of meaning, emotion, and social interactions centered around water ...

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Gendered participation in community-level water governance in Syrian refugee host communities in Jordan

This publication analyses gendered household and community relations and management systems over water in the Russeifa District of the Zarqa Governorate in Jordan to predict how the creation of new participatory spaces for community-level water governance would be received and utilized. Gendered ...

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