Laura Brewington

Fellow, Research Program
BrewingL [at]
Area of Expertise: 

Land use/land cover change in Pacific islands; Island biodiversity conservation; Climate change adaptation and coupled human-environmental vulnerability; Complex, dynamic systems modeling

Dr. Laura Brewington is a Research Fellow at the East-West Center and the Program Manager for the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program. Her work is applied and participatory, using spatial analysis in an interdisciplinary human-environment framework to identify differing stakeholder values and perceptions of land use and change over time and space. Dr. Brewington received her PhD in Geography from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2011 based on research in rural agriculture, invasive species, and conservation policy in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. In 2011 and 2012 she held a quarantine and biosecurity fellowship with WildAid, an international marine conservation NGO, coordinating a comprehensive evaluation of the Galapagos quarantine chain that highlighted the environmental and economic impacts of anticipated future expansion in the archipelago’s cargo shipping industry. Prior to joining the East-West Center in 2013, she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Center for Galapagos Studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her work with Pacific RISA involves designing and conducting collaborative, policy-oriented research to support climate adaptation in diverse island settings, including Hawaii and the US-affiliated Pacific Islands.