PhD, City and Regional Planning, UNC at Chapel Hill
Certificate of Latin American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Laura Murphy, PhD, is a trans-disciplinary scholar studying intertwined issues of environment, technology, population, and development. Her work experience since 1983 spans the globe: Indonesia, Ecuador, Kenya and New Orleans. Her doctoral studies (UNC-CH City and Regional planning, 1998) explained the determinants of human well-being and deforestation among Amazonian in-migrants. More recent (NSF-funded) research explored how mobile phones and kitchen gardens are adaptive community-based responses to the impacts of AIDS in rural Africa. At Tulane since 2000, Prof Murphy offers graduate courses in global development theory and practice, social innovation, design-thinking, and field research methods. She earned the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education in 2008. Murphy is associate director at Tulane’s university-wide Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, where she develops engaged, trans-disciplinary learning experiences in creative, design-based methods to help address complex societal challenges.
View Dr. Murphy's publications at her NCBI profile page.