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Dr Lauren Crabb

Director International, Apprenticeships and Partner Colleges
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
Research Supervision:

Lauren joined ARU in 2022 as a specialist in international partnerships and apprenticeships. She has over 10 years HE experience and worked with institutions in countries such as Morocco, Singapore, Switzerland and Sri Lanka.

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Lauren is passionate about the internationalisation of Higher Education in all its forms and believes in the power of education for all. She has worked to provide opportunities for learners in a range of countries to gain internationally recognised qualifications and share best practice with colleagues.

Lauren was awarded her PhD in 2016 from the University of Essex which focused on the social and environmental claims surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Lauren has also published on ethnography, with a focus on the everyday messiness of ethnography. She has published on sustainability at sports mega-events and hydro-electric dam construction in Mato Grosso, Brazil and more recently on the construction of a new sustainable city in the Philippines.

Teaching in a Business School for five years enabled Lauren to develop her specialism in international education. Recently publishing on the topics of Collaborative International Online Learning, decolonisation of the curriculum and intercultural competence skill development. Her teaching experience covers a wide range of business and management disciplines including international trade, HR and research methods for UG and PG provision.

Research interests
  • Environmental Governance
  • Critical Management Studies
  • International Education
  • Decolonising the curriculum
  • PhD Management, Essex University, 2016
  • PG Cert in Higher Education Practice, Essex University 2015
  • MSc Environmental Governance, Essex University 2012
  • BSc Geography and Environmental Management, Liverpool Hope University 2011
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Senior Fellow HEA
Selected recent publications

Crabb, L. A., Jiang, J., & Yakavenka, H., (forthcoming) Collaborative Online International Learning to enhance employability skills at TNE Institutions: A case from a London based University 

Kirby, S. I., & Crabb, L. A. (2020) Mega Sport Events, Infrastructure Development and Physical Legacies: The Case of Brazil 2014 and Rio 2016. ESMQ

Schulz, C., Whitney, B.S., Rossetto, O.C., Neves, D.M., Crabb, L., de Oliveira, E.C., Lima, P.L.T., Afzal, M., Laing, A., de Souza Fernandes, L.C. and da Silva, C.A., (2019). Physical, ecological and human dimensions of environmental change in Brazil's Pantanal wetland: Synthesis and research agenda. Science of the Total Environment.

Kirby, S., & Crabb, L., (2020) Priming Host City Physical Legacy Plans: The Bidding Chronicles of Brazil’s Derailed Sporting Event Infrastructure Projects. Event Management.

Crabb, L. A. (2018). Debating the success of carbon-offsetting projects at sports mega-events. A case from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 37(2), 178-196

Crabb, L. A. H., Everyday messiness of ethnography: reflections on fieldwork in Mid-West Brazil (2018) In (eds.) Plows, A., Messy ethnographies in action. Vernon Press: London

Recent presentations and conferences

Crabb, L., & Yakavenka, H., (2022) ‘Decolonising intercultural education through knowledge creation in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects’ BAM, University of Manchester Aug 2022

Crabb, L., (2018) ‘Being an early-career CMS scholar’ CMS stream, BAM, University of the West of England, September 2018

Media experience

Crabb, L. A. H., Lang, A., Witney, B., and Saito, C., (2018) Hydroelectric dams threaten Brazil’s mysterious Pantanal – one of the world’s great wetlands.