Larsen has a PhD in historical geography from Trinity College Dublin, and wrote
her doctoral thesis on Nairobi’s symbolic landscape (Shaping the Symbolic
Landscape: Public Monuments in Nairobi, 1899-1992). Her research interests
focus on landscape, memory and identity in eastern Africa. More recently these
have also broadened to include environmental history and she is currently a
Research Fellow in the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin,
investigating the historical and socioeconomic dimensions of environmental
change and disease transmission in eastern Africa.