Dr Laura Simpson Reeves

Research Fellow

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Laura is a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work at The University of Queensland. She is also a Research Fellow with the Life Course Centre. She is a highly experienced qualitative social researcher with a strong background across the social sciences and humanities. Her research broadly aims to understand social and cultural responses to inequity and disadvantage, with a strong focus on lived experience. Laura works with vulnerable and marginalised groups at the nexus of culture and disadvantage, especially around ethnicity, gender and sexuality, poverty, and experiences of exclusion and discrimination. She has a particular focus and interest in diaspora and issues around belonging, identity, and social cohesion/isolation.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
  • Masters (Coursework) of Communiciation, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Moran, Mark, Simpson Reeves, Laura and Wright, Alyson (2018). Complicating dynamics: adapting the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework to a remote indigenous context in Australia. Routledge handbook of community development research. (pp. 146-160) edited by Lynda Shevellar and Peter Westoby. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315612829-10

  • Ramsay, Rebekah B. and Simpson Reeves, Laura (2018). Underestimating legacy: lessons learned from mining-caused displacement and resettlement. Routledge handbook of community development research. (pp. 55-68) edited by Shevellar, Lynda and Westoby, Peter. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315612829-4

  • Liu, Shuang and Simpson Reeves, Laura (2017). Intercultural communication study in Australia. The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication. (pp. 1-9) edited by Young Yun Kim. Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley and Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0078

  • Liu, Shuang and Simpson Reeves, Laura (2016). Migration and Aging. Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. (pp. 1-7) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_292-1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Brown, Prue, Cherney, Lorraine, Warner, Sarah, Abazie, Ugochi Cynthia, Ball, Sarah, Cunningham, Lauren, Le, Luu Dieu Duc, Reeves, Laura Simpson and Worsoe, Hanne eds. (2019). Understanding public value workshop: report on proceedings. Understanding Public Value, Brisbane, Australia, 11-12 July 2019. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland, School of Political Science and International Relations.

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