Dr Laura Simpson Reeves

Laura is a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work at The University of Queensland. 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. She employs a trauma-informed approach in all her work 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.

Research interest

  • social exclusion and cohesion
  • poverty and inequality
  • migrants and diaspora
  • belonging and identity
  • visual research methods


Research Fellow


  • Social Work

  • Sociology