Lauren is a PhD Candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has been the lead research assistant for MIFI since the Indicators for Impact pilot project started in 2014. In this role, she led the toolkit development process, provided support and training to members, and managed the portal development activities. She became the co-project investigator in 2016 so her responsibilities also include facilitating the administrative aspects of MIFI and managing personnel. Lauren enjoys working with markets to develop tools that are sensitive to their unique and dynamic environments.
Beyond farmers markets, her research explores the arrangements for accessing agricultural land by asking (1) what ‘land’ and ‘access’ mean to farmers and (2) based on those understandings, how they address ‘land access’ issues.