Laura Del Duca is a Research Associate at SEI Headquarters in Stockholm. She has been with SEI since 2017 and is currently on leave of absence to study an MA Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) – University of Sussex.
Laura works on various projects in gender and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), with particular interest in gender data gaps. She helps develop the Empowerment in WASH Index and is part of the Bolivia WATCH (‘WASH Thinking Connected to Hydrology’) program. As part of the Initiative on Producer to Consumer Sustainability (P2CS), Laura was also involved in the Trase platform for supply chain transparency. She has contributed to the development of the SEI-PCS tool (Spatially Explicit Information on Production to Consumption Systems) as a data scientist in the technical core team, as well as to research on land-use change and sustainability inspired by Trase.
With an interdisciplinary background in mathematics and migration studies, Laura is interested in topics linking social inequality, health, WASH and humanitarian action. Her previous research revolves around algebraic combinatorics and biostatistics, and Mediterranean identity and Chinese immigration in Italy. Laura holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Italian Studies from Smith College.