Lauren Spink is CIVIC’s Senior Global Researcher, providing high-level research support to CIVIC’s Peacekeeping, MENA, and Africa teams, including design of research methodologies, direct or partnered field research, and mentoring of staff on research practices. Before moving to her current role, Lauren served as CIVIC’s Senior Peacekeeping Researcher, leading the organizations work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Prior to joining CIVIC, Lauren worked for four years in refugee resettlement, in sub-Saharan Africa, where she was deployed to UNHCR offices throughout the continent to interview civilians fleeing conflict. She has also worked as a researcher for the World Peace Foundation, Conflict Dynamics International, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Humanitarian Evidence Program at the Feinstein International Center. Lauren holds a BA from American University in International Relations (magna cum laude) and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where she studied Human Security and Migration (magna cum laude).