Dr Laura Noszlopy

Dr Laura Noszlopy

Birmingham Law School
Research Fellow

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Laura Noszlopy is Research Fellow in Birmingham Law School, working with Dr Sam Cole and Dr Marianne Wade in the Interdisciplinary Counter-Terrorism Research Group (ICTRG). She is currently working on a sociolegal study examining the operation of the Prevent Duty in schools. Her research explores how legislation and policy guidance is interpreted and implemented in practice, what can be lost or augmented in translation, and the real-life impacts on individuals and communities.

Laura is also facilitator for the Criminal Law Reform Now Network, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge and Birmingham Law School, and assistant editor of Indonesia and the Malay World at SOAS, University of London.


  • PhD, University of East Anglia
  • MA, Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia
  • BA Hons, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


A qualitative researcher with a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology, Laura has worked on a wide range of interdisciplinary, intercultural projects as a researcher, editor, and translator, and as a project manager and facilitator in higher education, publishing, and NGO settings. She values genuinely interdisciplinary research, and has worked on social policy, adult social care, law reform, cultural politics, and environmental issues in Southeast Asia and the UK. She has a longstanding interest in qualitative and sociolegal research methods, and ethnographic, narrative, and life-writing.

Laura has recently shifted her research focus from Indonesian to UK social policy, examining how legislation and legal guidance is devised, interpreted, and implemented in various public sector settings. Recent projects include the NIHR-School for Social Care Research funded Social Work with Older People project (2022-2023) in the School of Social Policy, and an ESRC-funded rapid response study on the impact of Covid-19 emergency legislation on social care provision (2020-2022) at Birmingham Law School. Prior to this, she was project manager and research fellow for ‘Enabling Wayang to Contribute to Environmental Discourse in Indonesia’, a collaborative, multilingual project between Royal Holloway, University of London and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, funded by a British Council-Newton Fund Institutional Links grant.