Louisa is interested in affordability and access to housing and services for those who are vulnerable. She is passionate about participatory research that gives voice to her research collaborators. Louisa is undertaking research that seeks to disrupt power differential and focuses on achieving outcomes for her research collaborators.
Louisa studied economics and sociology at the University of Auckland. After graduating, she conducted a report on youth homelessness for the Methodist Mission. Louisa is currently undertaking a mixed methods PhD, examining why and how the poor pay more in relation to adolescents' experience of unstable housing in New Zealand. Her study seeks to conceptualize and operationalise the different financial, social, opportunity and emotional costs derived from situations of unstable housing. In 2018, Louisa was awarded the Graduate Essay Prize by the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.