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Laura Alfers


Director of the Social Protection Programme


Laura Alfers has worked with WIEGO since 2009 in the Social Protection Programme. In 2017, she became its Director. Laura is a South African who holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on social policy, and an MPhil from Cambridge University. She is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at Rhodes University, where she supervises post-graduate students and is involved in building and extending the labour studies programme through the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit. At WIEGO, Laura's work has a global focus while keeping close to what is happening on the ground. She is currently working with the international and regional networks of workers in the informal economy to develop social protection as a mobilizing and organizing tool.