Judith Neilson Foundation John Monash Scholar ‘Sustainable Futures’
Cross-disciplinary PhD in the Ecological Brain Program
University College London
Maths and Science
As a Chancellor’s Scholar, Lauren Bennett studied for a Bachelor of Biomedicine in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics at the University of Melbourne. With the support of the Rae and Edith Bennett Scholarship, Lauren subsequently undertook an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford, where she developed mathematical models of group behaviour under stress. With her John Monash Scholarship, Lauren intends to join the cross-disciplinary Ecological Brain PhD program at University College London. At UCL Lauren’s research will combine neuroscience, statistical modelling and engineering to create machine-learning models of population dynamics within the built environment. Lauren is passionate about using these models to design smart Australian cities by studying the effect of ageing demographics and pandemics on the behaviour and cognition of populations.