Laura Roper, Adjunct Faculty
Laura Roper, Ph.D., is an independent consultant who works with international development and humanitarian organizations in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, resource development and the creation of applied learning strategies. She has content expertise in a wide range of development and humanitarian issues, including developing strategies for social justice advocacy, the role of civil society in setting the global development agenda, gender and development, and developmental approaches to humanitarian response. Her clients have included Oxfam, InterAction, Action Aid, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Match International, among many others. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she worked for Oxfam America for 15 years, ending her time there as Deputy Director of Global Programs and Director of Planning and Learning for the Program Division.
She has taught for many years in the Sustainable International Development Program of the Heller School at Brandeis University and at Clark University International Community and Economic Development Program. She co-edited a volume on Development and the Learning Organization (2003), edited a volume of historical essays on Oxfam America’s first 40 years, Change, Not Charity (2010), and has written extensively on development issues.
She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also worked as a research coordinator at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.