Dr Laura McGinty

Consultant – Newcastle office

Laura McGinty is an experienced researcher and evaluation practitioner, with particular experience in the environment and sustainability sector, and an interest in the intersections between natural and human environments. Laura has extensive experience of desk-based literature and evidence reviews, including detailed policy, stakeholder and benefits analysis for her PhD. This looked at Green Infrastructure as a complex system at city scale, and reviewed how the interconnections between stakeholders and values across geographic and timescales could form business models for delivery.

Prior to joining Rocket Science, Laura worked in large, national third sector organisations with experience of a broad range of data collection, analysis, and dissemination. She specialised in monitoring and evaluation, alongside both stakeholder and beneficiary engagement and policy shaping.

BA (Hons), Human Geography, Sheffield Hallam University

MSc, Sustainable Communities and Environments, Sheffield Hallam University

PhD in Business Model Innovation for Green Urban Infrastructure, Newcastle University

Specialist areas

  • Research and evaluation
  • Stakeholder engagement and needs analysis
  • Literature review and evidence synthesis
  • Policy analysis
  • Understanding of environment and sustainability sectors


  • VONNE Going Green Together – project evaluation and learning partner
  • Lancashire BBO – evaluation of employment support programme
  • NHS England – review of health information in the non-custodial CJS
  • NHS England – evaluation of new pilot Gender Dysphoria Services
  • Scottish Government – Developing Young Workforce strategy, employer experiences
  • Northumbria Police – SARA (Southwick Altogether Raising Aspirations) project evaluation
  • Durham Enable – evaluation of employability support programme
  • Sunderland Workplace Health Alliance – programme evaluation
  • Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland – evaluation of the COP26 campaign
  • City of Edinburgh council mapping of welfare services
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Violence Reduction Unit – Neurodiversity and links to violence; and, Low level mental health issues in young people

Little weaknesses

  • Cats
  • Eating a whole packet of biscuits in one go
  • Detective fiction and ‘cosy’ crime mysteries