Lucas Laursen

I am a journalist covering how people use science, markets & serendipity to test new ideas, with a special interest in the developing world. I write for Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, & many other magazines. I’ve filed stories from over a dozen countries on five continents and from one ocean crossing. I have lived in and reported from Cambridge, UK; Zurich, Switzerland; Madrid, Spain; and Oaxaca, Mexico. Here are my datelines, so far:

I’ve been a freelance journalist since 2007. In 2016 I translated some science textbooks from Spanish to English. I have also taken short breaks to intern at Nature and play archaeologist. Before that I studied astrophysics at Harvard and spent a few summers writing for the Let’s Go travel guidebooks. Along the way I’ve:

…and written a LinkedIn profile. You can reach me on

Research-based journalism on development