I graduated from the University of East Anglia's creative nonfiction MA in 2015 and have made my living as a writer ever since.

    I was headhunted by Google while still studying and subsequently joined their editorial team for a year. I continued to write and report on a freelance basis alongside, visiting more than 30 countries in just three years.

    In recognition of this work and my community-building efforts in the media industry, I won the Young Freelancer of the Year prize at the 2016 IPSE Awards. The same year, I was a runner-up for the Young Travel Writer of the Year prize at the Travel Media Awards.

    My work appears in leading newspapers, magazines and websites across the world including The Guardian, Wired, VICE, The Atlantic, NPR and the BBC. I wrote a regular column called "Future Cities" for Inverse in 2016 and a four-part series of narrative longform features on the theme of "Sharing Cities" for Medium in 2017-18.

    I also contributed monthly longform features to the Emirates inflight magazine Portfolio for most of its run, reporting on business, technology and innovation trends for an audience of wealthy business travellers.

    In 2017 and 2018, I wrote, managed, commissioned and edited content on the future of work, digital skills, startups and small business for Google, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa region.

    I have also worked with companies like Foursquare, Philips, Facebook, S&P Global, Royal Bank of Canada and Singapore Economic Development Board via the New York-based software startup Contently, running brand publications and managing teams of freelance creatives to produce content such as thought leadership, blog articles, white papers and infographics.

    Today, my focus is on the topics I'm most passionate about: global development, cities, sustainability, future trends, innovation and technology. If you'd like to discuss working together on a project, please email lauren@laurenrazavi.com.