Dr. Laura Osburn is a qualitative researcher with expertise in the use of storytelling for decision-making.  With over eight years of qualitative research experience and a PhD in Communication, Laura has brought her expertise to a broad range of social, cultural, and organizational contexts including collaborative architect, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams and online activist and religious communities.

Laura currently works as a research scientist in the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC) at the University of Washington. There, she helps support CERC research initiatives and participates as a researcher on industry and government funded studies. Laura has worked on research funded by the National Science Foundation, General Services Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sound Transit, and Skanska.  Laura also co-leads the Communication, Technology and Organizational Practices (CTOP) lab, which focuses on research questions that aim to improve how AEC teams work, organize, communicate, and integrate technology.

Laura also works as a freelance researcher and research design consultant. In this role, she helps her clients with research design, data collection, analysis, and report publication.

If you have questions about Laura’s research, publications, or any other inquiry, please email her at lbusch@uw.edu.

For inquiries about Laura’s consulting work, please email her at osburnresearch@gmail.com.