Journalism, blogging and copywriting on all things urban
Hello! My name is Laura and I am a freelance writer and journalist. After studying urban planning and political sciences, I decided to turn my passion into my profession by writing about topics like sustainable urban development and future cities.
As an urban dweller and blogger for parCitypatory, I have long been fascinated by topics of urban development. My favourite topics to write about are participation, environment, sustainable urban planning and the Agenda 21. I also focus on solutions-oriented reporting.
I am working as a consultant for the Sustainable Development Goal 11 of the United Nations: “Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. In this capacity I have worked with NGOs in different countries and started the city partnership project cdmXberlin between Mexico City and Berlin.
At the same time, I am an urban journalist and use writing as a tool to bring more attention to topics of urban development. Get in touch for creative, solutions-oriented articles on all things urban.
A few facts about me
I will work for you in English or German. I also speak very good Spanish and good French.
My favourite book?
“The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I am currently located in Germany, but I am , but since most of my clients are located in Europe, I am used to working in different time zones.
My favourite quote?
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody” (Jane Jacobs)
I work location-independently as a digital nomad and travel around a lot. However, I really enjoy working from a home office.
My favourite city?
Vancouver is ranking high in terms of liveability, but I also love London, Mumbai and Galway.
What I offer
I love writing about the urban development. Sustainability, climate change, green and smart cities, public space, social cohesion and neighbourhood planning are some of my specialties. My clients ask me to write for their blogs, real estate magazines, city websites and newspapers.
These are some topics I could write about for you:
How does my city implement the Sustainable Development Goal 11?
Which important steps has my city taken in its urban development in the last years?
How can I contribute to making my city greener, more sustainable and more liveable?
What are the opportunities of smart city technologies in terms of citizen participation?
I love getting creative and telling stories. As a member of the Solutions Journalism Network, I am always on the lookout for interesting solutions to urban challenges.
As a reliable person, I always deliver before deadline and am happy to blog about cities for you. Explaining complex contexts and correlations to a broad audience is one of my strengths. I also have a good knowledge of content management systems like WordPress.
SEO and City Marketing
Every city is special, but city marketing is an art. With my SEO-friendly articles I help to present your city from its best and most interesting side.
I organise participatory workshops and exercises in your city. Citizen participation and modern methods for contributing to urban planning are crucial for future cities. As an urban journalist, I will also report about workshops, thus informing citizens about sustainable initiatives and activities.
Kind words from clients
“Laura has been very helpful in updating our website, giving us SEO tips and making our company look more attractive to potential clients.”
Peter, Aztec Explorers
“Great work, Laura! We loved your contributions about Ghana to our city solutions network urb.im.”
These are the cities I have been to and feel most comfortable writing about. I have spent the most time in Berlin, Manchester, Mexico City, New Delhi and Addis Ababa. I am always discovering new cities, looking for the most interesting activities and tactical interventions. I’d love to put your city into words, too!
My professional timeline
Since 2018: Combination of my two passions: writing and cities. I am an urban journalist and have written for Urbanet, the Urban Media Lab, Medium, Topos, sub/urban and other publications.
2020: Solutions Journalism Network Fellowship
2019-2020: UN Habitat / SDSN Pathways Fellow
The past years
From 2018 to 2019, I was the project manager for cdmXberlin – a city partnership project between Berlin and Mexico City
In 2017, I completed my M.Sc. Global Urban Development and Planning degree in Manchester, UK
In 2016, I founded parCitypatory and have been blogging on the platform since.
In 2016, I attended the Urban Journalism Academy at HABITAT III in Quito, Ecuador
2012 – today: copywriting for companies dedicated to urban planning, surveying, architecture, real estate and tourism
2011-2014: B.A. Political Science at Free University Berlin and student assistant for the Environmental Policy Research Centre in Berlin, Germany
Work with me!
Your website or blogs needs articles on urban topics? You are looking for an urban journalist for your magazine or online newspaper? You are looking for e-books, SEO copy or articles on topics like urban planning, future cities, smart cities and sustainability?
Get in touch with me at email@example.com and I will make you an offer! Pricing depends on the extent of research and the kind of contribution you are looking for. I am happy to offer you a flatrate for regular contributions.
I look forward to getting to know you and your city!