Laura Major

One Ocean Hub Member

Laura is an anthropologist of law and politics, specializing in the study of conflict and material cultures. Her previous work includes ethnographic research on governance in East-Central Africa, as well as work in the UK on conscientious objection to Second World War conscription (for which she developed a national exhibition). She has extensive empirical research and is trained in a range of qualitative research methods, including Rapid Research and Evaluation Techniques. She has taught across the sub-disciplines of anthropology, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Laura joined SCELG in October 2019 as co-investigator for the GCRF One Ocean Hub. She collaborates with colleagues based in the UK, Africa, the South Pacific and the Caribbean on research which bridges policy, law, science and art to promote sustainable oceans management. She is working with colleagues based in Ghana on research investigating customs and law amongst fisheries on the Ghanaian coastline; and developing a research stream focused on the anthropology of finance and the governance of large commercial marine operations. Her emerging research interests include the study of crime and criminality as these relate to water governance. @excogitating

Laura’s full profile is available here

Areas of expertise: 

  • Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge
  • Human Rights
  • Oceans
  • Legal and Political Anthropology