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Laura Turley


Laura has been working with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy program since 2012 on a range of topics, including public procurement and infrastructure finance, voluntary sustainability standards, and investment in agriculture and water.

Laura’s work includes analyzing ongoing policy and regulatory reforms, developing dedicated policy recommendations, and facilitating formal dialogues with partners and opinion leaders on how public procurement policies and processes can be upgraded to deliver on sustainable development.  

Laura specializes in the water sector, having earned an MSc from the University of Oxford in water science, management and policy. Prior to joining IISD, she worked at a boutique consultancy for Geneva-based organizations, including UNEP, UNITAR, ITC and IUCN, where she specialized in trade, governance and sustainable development. Previously she interned for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) in Toronto, designing policy frameworks for clean technologies. Geographically, Laura’s expertise lies in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

In addition to consulting for IISD, Laura is currently a PhD student with the University of Geneva, studying water allocation regimes and the role of infrastructure in large-scale water commons.  

  • Education

    Master of Sciences – Water Science, Policy and Management (2012), University of Oxford, U.K.

    Bachelor of Arts – International Development (2009), McGill University, Canada

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