Researcher Biography

Laura's research focuses on using visual methods to encourage open dialogue and critical thought. Her PhD explores cultural perceptions of poverty and inequality, and how these are (re)produced.

She has worked as a senior research officer at the ISSR and a research assistant with the UQ Centre for Communication for Social Change, and as a research communication adviser for Indonesia’s premier think tank on poverty-related issues, SMERU. Outside of research, her professional background spans print media, publishing, and developing materials for development and humanitarian professionals and practitioners.

Laura Simpson Reeves is a Global Change Scholar

PhD topic

Cultural perceptions of relative poverty


  • Associate Professor Cameron Parsell (Principal)
  • Associate Professor Shuang Liu (Associate)

Research interests

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Participatory development
  • Visual research methods
  • Evidence-based policymaking processes