Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Laura MacLean

Technical Analyst

Laura joined Social Development Direct as a Technical Analyst in December 2016 and supports the delivery of technical work across SDDirect’s portfolio. Laura holds an MSc in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), with a focus on gender and inclusive development approaches, and a BA in history from University of Cambridge, in particular considering issues of diversity and inclusion in the social history of UK and internationally.

Laura previously worked as a Consultant with The Law & Development Partnership, especially working on their security and justice portfolio and the multi-country DFID Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) programme. Following this, Laura worked on a freelance basis supporting the Overseas Development Institute’s independent review of the Somali Compact. Providing research and advice on a variety of topics, Laura has worked on desk-based research projects and in-country work on qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

Laura brings her passion for gender and social inclusion to all of her work, and past experiences have included working with women’s groups in Rwanda supporting the development of inclusive education approaches for young people affected by disability, working in a rehabilitation centre for street children in Kenya, and supporting organisations working with young people in the UK.

Laura is currently working on a range of projects at SDDirect. This includes supporting a study into opportunities for women’s economic empowerment in Afghanistan, and briefing papers on how to address both violence against women and disabilities through programming and policy dialogue on infrastructure and cities. She is also supporting the endline evaluation of the UK’s National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security.