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Laura Bullon-Cassis

Postdoctoral Researcher
Outreach officer
Spoken languages
English, French, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Youth Studies and Globalisation
  • Global environmental governance
  • Anthropology of international organizations
  • Sociology of institutions
  • Environmental communications
  • Social movements


Laura Bullon-Cassis is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Outreach Officer in the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. As part of her current research project, Protest and engagement, from the global to the local: mapping the forms of youth participation in Europe, she is conducting fieldwork on youth protest and local democratic innovations in several French cities. She is also a Research Affiliate with the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP) hosted at The George Washington University.  

Laura received her PhD (with Distinction) from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University in 2022. Her dissertation explored the sociocultural category of 'youth' in UN climate summitry, with a particular focus on how current framings of youth impact the lived experiences of young people. As part of her fieldwork, she conducted three years of participant observation with youth advocates and activists in United Nations climate summits in New York, Madrid, Glasgow, and Nairobi. She has a broader interest in the nexus between the environmental humanities, children and youth studies, media and technology studies, and global governance reform. 

Laura has taught interdisciplinary courses on topics related to sustainability, youth, and media studies at Pratt Institute and New York University. As a Team Leader and Writer for the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) Reporting Services, Laura regularly attends UN environmental conferences worldwide. She sits on the Board of the Children and Youth Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association and served as Assistant Editor for the leading academic journal Public Culture, co-hosted by Columbia University and New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge.

Prior to her graduate studies, Laura worked for the United Nations in Tokyo, Geneva, New York City, and Haiti. She has held roles, among others, at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). She has published her work in academic and media outlets, including OpenDemocracyGlobal Policy Journal, NEOS, and The Global Journal

Laura holds an MSc in Global Politics and a BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).