Dr Laura Pereira
Field of research
- Food systems;
- Adaptive governance;
- Social-ecological systems and resilience;
- Innovation and futures
Pereira, L. (2017). Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture across Africa. Oxford Encyclopedia of Agriculture and the Environment.
Bennett, E.M., M. Solan, R. Biggs, T. McPhearson, A.V. Norström, P. Olsson, L. Pereira, G.D. Peterson, C. Raudsepp‐Hearne, F. Biermann, S.R Carpenter, E.C Ellis, T. Hichert, V. Galaz, M. Lahsen, M. Milkoreit, B. Martin López, K.A Nicholas, R. Preiser, G. Vince, J.M Vervoort, J. Xu, (2016). Bright spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14 (8), 441-448
Pereira, L. and Drimie, S. (2016). Governance Arrangements for the Future Food System: Addressing Complexity in South Africa. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 58(4): 18-31.
Pereira, L., Karpouzoglou, T., Doshi, S, and Frantzeskaki, N. (2015). Organising a Safe Space for Navigating Social-Ecological Transformations to Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12(6): 6027 – 6044.
Pereira, L. (2015) The Role of Substantive Equality in Finding Sustainable Development Pathways in South Africa, Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, 10: 147.
Pereira, L.M., Cuneo, C.N. and Twine, W.C. (2014). Food and Cash: Understanding the role of the private sector in rural food security, Food Security, 6(3): 339-357.
Pereira, L.M., Owen-Smith, N. and Moleon, M. (2014) Facultative predation and scavenging by mammalian carnivores: seasonal, regional and intra-guild comparisons. Mammal Review, 44(1): 44-55.
Pereira, L.M., Fontoura, Y. and Fontoura, C.F. (2013) Strategic corporate shifts towards adaptive good governance under environmental change: a comparison between South African and Brazilian Retailers, Revista de Gestão Social e Ambiental, n 1, v 7.
Rivera-Ferre, M., Pereira, L., Karpouzoglou, T., Nicholas, K.A., Onzere, S., Waterlander, W., Mahomoodally, F., Vrieling, A., Babalola, F., Ummenhofer, C.C., Dogra, A., de Conti, A., Baldermann, S., Evoh, C. and Bollmohr, S. (2013) A vision for Transdisciplinarity in Future Earth: Perspectives of Young Researchers, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 3(1): 249- 260.
Pereira, L.M. (2013) The future of the food system: cases involving the private sector in South Africa, Sustainability, 5(3): 1234 – 1255.
Pereira, L.M. and Ruysenaar, S. (2012) Moving from Traditional Government to More Adaptive Governance: The Changing Face of Food Security Responses in South Africa, Food Security, 4: 41-58.
Pereira, L. (2010) Becoming coca: a materiality approach to a commodity chain analysis of hoja de coca in Colombia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 31(3): 384-400.
Drimie, S. and Pereira, L. (2016). South African Food Governance: The Sustainability Question. In Barling, D. (ed.) Advances in Food Security and Sustainability. Volume 1. Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.af2s.2016.09.002
Eakin, H., Bohle, H-G., Izac, A-M., Reenberg, A., Gregory, P. and Pereira, L. (2010) Food, violence and human rights. In, Ingram, J., Ericksen, P. and D. Liverman (eds.)Food Security and Global Environmental Change. Earthscan. pp. 245-271
Drimie, S. and Pereira, L. (2016). South African Food Governance: The Sustainability Question. In Barling, D. (ed.) Advances in Food Security and Sustainability. Volume 1. Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.
Schilpzand, R., Liverman, D., Tecklin, D., Gordon, R., Pereira, L., Saxl, M and Wiebe, K. (2010) Governance beyond the state: non-state actors and food systems. In, Ingram, J., Ericksen, P. and D. Liverman (eds.) Food Security and Global Environmental Change. Earthscan. pp. 272-300.
UNEP 2016. Chapter 3: Outlook. GEO6 Regional Assessment for Africa. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya.
Working Papers and Policy Briefs
Coles, D., Davis, M., Engelhard, M., Han, B., Kumar, A., Laas, K., Ladikas, M., Lin, R., Lingner, S, Majima, S., Pereira, L.,Rush, E., Schrempf, B., Schroeder, D., Srinivas, R., Walker, MJ., Weckert, J., Wynberg, R. and Zhizhong, Y., (2014) Innovation for Society- How innovation is driven towards societal desirability through innovation policies, Report for FP7 Project “Progress”. Available at: progressproject. eu.
Murthy, S., Pereira, L., Harley, A., Shemie, D., Lee, E., Guardabassi, P., Zhang, C and Moore, S. The role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in helping decision-makers meet food-energy-water (FEW) needs, Sustainability Science Program Working Paper 2013-02.
Diaz-Anadon, L., Matus, K., Moon, S. Chan, G., Harley, A., Murthy, S., Timmer, V., Abdel Latif, A., Araujo, K., Booker, K., Choi, H., Dubrawski, K., Friedlander, L., Ingersoll, C., Kempster, E., Pereira, L., Stephens, J., Vinsel, L. and Clark, W.C.(2014) Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development: Diagnosing Weaknesses and Identifying Interventions in the Transnational Arena, Sustainability Science Program Working Paper, No 2014-01
Chatterjee, L., Death, C., and Pereira, L. (2014). Sustainable development in India, Brazil and South Africa, QEH Working Paper 199, http://www3.qeh.ox.ac.uk/pdf/qehwp/qehwps199.pdf
Pereira, L.M. (2012) Food security in a transforming system of global environmental change (GEC), Future Agricultures Policy Brief 54. Available at: http://www.future-agricultures.org/policy-engagement/policy-briefs
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Laura completed her BSc at Wits in Zoology, Ecology and Law before moving to Oxford where she did an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy and a DPhil on the private sector’s adaptive capacity to climate change impacts on the food system. Following her DPhil, she was a Giorgio Ruffolo fellow in sustainability science at Harvard’s Kennedy School before starting a post-doc at UCT where she worked on orphan crop innovation for transformation in the food system. Laura’s current position is as a researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University where she is running the sustainability transformations theme under the SIDA- funded GRAID project. Laura has done research in South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Kenya and she is passionate about allowing the diversity of developing country stories to be heard. She is also very keen on exploring alternative methods in sustainability research.