Lauren Royston joined SERI in February 2014 as the organisation’s Director of Research and Advocacy. Prior to joining SERI, she was a principal at Development Works, a development practice based in Johannesburg, for sixteen years where she undertook a wide range of consulting projects involving research, policy advocacy, writing and management.
She has many years of experience working on urban land and planning and urban tenure security. She spent seven years coordinating the tenure theme at Urban LandMark and led the Tenure Security Facility, a regional project aimed at promoting incremental tenure security in informal settlement upgrading. Her other area of recent focus is on anti-evictions work in Johannesburg’s inner city.