School of Law

Lauren Downes, Research Associate, BA (US), BPsych (Hons) (Australia), JD (US), LLM (UK)

Research Associate


Lauren is a Legal Researcher on the Cloud Computing Project, investigating cloud computing technology in the energy sector. She was previously a Research Associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at CCLS where her responsibilities included legal research for the Gateway carbon capture and storage (CCS) project (EU Horizon 2020).

During her Juris Doctor studies, Lauren served as student Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Law Journal and was named ‘Outstanding Graduating Student in Energy Law’.  She holds an LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law from QMUL where she was a Norton Rose Fulbright scholar.

Before returning to academia, Lauren spent a decade in in-house legal and commercial advisory roles, representing Operators in the international upstream oil and gas industry. Her experience includes negotiations in technology, exploration new ventures, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and floating LNG mega-projects.

Lauren is a member of the New York Bar.