is an expert in the political ecology & economy of global food networks. She has taught in the US, Spain and several Latin American countries, as well as co-founding two non-profit organisations for agroecology. Laura co-founded and led the first two majors in Agroecology and Agrofood Networks in Mexico, as well as a PhD Program on Rural Development at the University of Chapingo. She has expertise on the political ecology of global agrofood networks, agroecology and food sovereingty. Laura has carried out participatory action research on the relationships between food corporations and small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico and Central America. She currently serves as senior professor at the University of Chapingo, the first agrarian university of Mexico, where she is working on value creation and appropiation along global value chains. She has spent most of her 30-year career researching and teaching in relation to justice, gender and social equity, fair trade, local to global commerce, and the globalization of food systems, at various universities in Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Spain and the US. She is the co-founder of the non-profit Community Agroecology Network (CAN) based in Santa Cruz, California and the Mexican NGO Agroecological Development and Community Outreach (VIDA A.C.).