Laura Wellesley

Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre

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Laura Wellesley is a senior research fellow in the Environment and Society Centre at Chatham House.

She works on issues related to sustainable diets, food security and climate change and her publications span the areas of healthy and sustainable food systems, global food trade risks, agricultural commodity supply chains, and trade in illegal timber.

Laura joined Chatham House in 2013 as a project coordinator, later becoming research associate in 2014 and research fellow in 2017. Prior to joining Chatham House, Laura worked as a researcher for Global Witness.

Laura is also a member of the London Food Board. She has an MSc in Africa and international development from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Cambridge.

Past experience

2017-18 Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House
2014-17 Research Associate, Food Security and Climate Change, Chatham House
2013-14 Project Coordinator, Forest Governance & Natural Resources, Chatham House
2012-13 Researcher, Global Witness
2011-12 MSc Africa and International Development, University of Edinburgh
2006-10 MA Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge