Professor Geoffrey Lawrence
Professor Geoffrey Lawrence

Geoffrey Lawrence is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at The University of Queensland.

He is considered to be one of the world leaders in social science-based agri-food research.

Geoffrey has been a government appointee on the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel and is currently President of the International Rural Sociology Association.


BScAgr (Agricultural Science/Economics), University of Sydney
DipSocSci (Sociology), University of New England
MS (Sociology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
PhD (Sociology), Griffith University.

Professional activities:

President - International Rural Sociology Association
Fellow - Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Member - The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Member - Rural Sociological Society (US)
Member - European Rural Sociological Association
Member - Australian and Oceanic Network for Rural Social Research and Community Development
Member - Australian Political Economy Movement


2011-2013, Professor of Sociology, School of Social Science, and Food Security Focal Area Co-leader, Global Change Institute
2002-2010, Professor of Sociology and Head of School of Social Science, The University of Queensland
1993-2002, Foundation Professor of Sociology, Head of Department of Social Science / Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Regional Development, Central Queensland University,
1988-1992, Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor of Sociology, Charles Sturt University
Research interests:
  • Financialisation and the Restructuring of Australian and Global Agriculture
  • Global Food Security
  • Social Aspects of the Environment and Natural Resource Management in Australia
  • The Sociology of Sport

Email: Geoffrey Lawrence

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