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Complex development challenges demand collaborative, dynamic, multidisciplinary approaches to research and practice. Adapt exists as a platform to convene the right team of thinkers and doers from our network of sustainable development professionals. Project teams are thoughtfully assembled to bring complementary skills together in optimal configurations.  Our problem-driven approach means every project is uniquely crafted to our clients' and partners' needs. We provide a range of sustainable development services and solutions.

Adapt was established by Lauren Hermanus in South Africa as a response to the need for alternatives to the rigidity of template-driven advisory services for sustainable development. It was conceived as a virtual space in which diverse, progressive researchers and development practitioners could come together to collaborate for maximum collective impact. Informed by complex systems thinking, Adapt is able to work internationally, drawing on a constantly expanding network of creative professionals with different expertise and experience in academia, government, NGOs and civil society, and the private sector.

Adapt is registered in South Africa and is a BBBEE empowered organisation.



Adapt is a network-based practice. What does this mean? We draw on professional relationships across countries to assemble the right team for the problem, question or task at hand. 

We partner with people and organisations to work in a responsive and creative way.



Lauren has ten years of experience in sustainable development research and practice. During her career, she has worked in the private and public sectors, academia, with NGOs, focusing on sustainable energy innovation, urban resilience and green economic development. Lauren has an academic background in complexity and systems thinking (Master of Art in Philosophy) and development (Master of Philosophy in Development Policy and Practice), and has recently enrolled for her PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is currently appointed as a Research Associate at the UCT Graduate School of business.

Through her work and studies, she has demonstrated her particular interest in decentralised development and collaborative, distributed solutions to complex problems.

“I am most excited by the power of imagination to make possible as yet unknown futures. This capability, which we all share, is fundamental to the creation of a just, inclusive and sustainable world.”