Senior Social Innovator
Bachelor of Fashion and Textile Design (Hons); Master of Design Anthropology
With a background in design anthropology, experience and spatial design, visual design, photography, and fashion design, lauren is perfectly placed to understand what it means to be human.Reflective, qualitative anthropological thinking bound with an action-driven design mindset helps lauren to navigate complex problems and ambiguous projects to create the most targeted impact. Coupled with this, she is committed to actively decolonising design research and practices and being led by the innovation of First Nations Peoples.
At TACSI, lauren has deepened their capability to understand what it means to design and carry out qualitative research with people and communities with lived experience of marginalisation and/or disadvantage. Continuing to understand the ethical implications of human research and how to deepen participants’ capabilities to lead their own futures is integral to lauren’s practice as a researcher. Building networks to support systemic change has become lauren’s passion at TACSI and together with her colleagues they have built networks focused on changing the Australian end-of-life system, creating better outcomes for people with chronic conditions, connecting change makers in the home and housing space, and most recently, supporting bushfire affected communities to grow their resilience through a strength-based, community-led approach.
One of lauren’s favourite things about working at TACSI is the team, who are a diverse bunch stuck together with kindness, empathy and laughter.Outside the office, lauren is passionate about weaving, gardening, dancing and patting other people’s dogs.