Laura is a Senior Research Officer working in the Development Effectiveness cluster at ISSR. She is a participatory, communications and visual methods researcher with a particular focus on community development.

Her professional background spans print media, publishing, and developing materials for development and humanitarian professionals and practitioners.

She recently worked with Indonesia’s premier think tank on poverty and inequality issues, the SMERU Research Institute, to further develop their research communications.

  • Research Interests
    • Development effectiveness
    • Participatory development
    • Visual research methods
    • Institutional complexity
    • Evidence-based policymaking processes
  • Publications

    Hinthorne, L.L. & Simpson Reeves, L. (2015). Using purpose-made objects for visual research: An exploratory case study. Visual Communication, 14, 2: 155-178.

    Mainstreaming Communication for Development in Policies and Programmes: Enabling social inclusion to support food security, resilient livelihoods and family farming. Background Paper for The XIII United Nations Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development. Available:

Staff Details


PhD Candidate

  • BA (International and Global Studies, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies) from QUT 2004
  • Master of Communication (Communication for Social Change) from UQ 2013