Laura James
Leading innovation projects at the interfaces between technology and people

When you speak to Laura, you are immediately aware of her strength as a communicator. She is passionate about innovation and new technology but feels strongly that these must be translated into practical and sustainable solutions. Her career spans industry and academia, and she is fascinated by the different kinds of organisation that can deliver innovation. Laura feels that technology can be immensely useful, but to fulfill its potential it cannot develop in isolation: “We can’t just have technology for technologies sake, it has to be developed around the user”. She has a holistic view of technology, and its social, economic and practical impacts, and an amazing capacity to see the big picture, balanced with a pragmatic sense of what can be achieved and a hands-on approach to problem solving.

Laura manages a range of projects at CARET and is also product manager for CamTools and Talks.cam. She bridges the gap between technology and our clients and users, shaping the development of our key services and products so that they best meet the needs of the University.

In her spare time Laura serves on several committees with her fellow engineers, and campaigns for practical solutions to climate change.

Contact Details

laura @ caret.cam.ac.uk

01223 765 377

CARET
1st Floor, 16 Mill Lane
Cambridge
CB2 1SB

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