Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence

Emeritus Professor

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
g.lawrence@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53160

Overview

Geoff is a leading Australian sociologist with interests in rural and regional sociology, globalisation/localisation and agrifood research.

Prior to accepting the position of Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland in 2002, he was Foundation Professor of Sociology (1992-2002) and Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Regional Development (1998-2002) at Central Queensland University. Before this he was Associate Professor of Sociology and Foundation Director, Centre for Rural Social Research, Charles Sturt University. He is a Life Member of the Fitzroy Basin Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and President of the International Rural Sociology Association (2012-2016).

Research Interests

  • Agriculture, the Environment and the Politics of Sustainability
    The questions are: To what extent is 'greening' and green politics influencing the course of agricultural development and resulting in policies aimed at reducing ecological destruction? What is the nature of the debates and theorisations regarding productivism/post-productivism in the rural landscapes of advance economies? In a practical sense, how is it possible to ensure that the current and future natural resource management will provide sustainable outcomes for society?
  • Globalisation, Localisation and Restructuring of Regional Australi
    This is a broad area whcih includes an examination of the social affects of economic change upon regions and highlights town decline, poverty, unemployment and ill-health - as well as the 'ingredients' for successful community development and the enhancement of social capital. Issues of empowerment and governance are crucial to the understanding of the future of the regions. The issue of global/local relations is also of significance - particularly as Australian governments seek to promote 'self help' and 'partnership' options.
  • Financialisation of Food and Farming
    Finance capital is playing an increasingly important role in food and farming industries. Entities like merchant banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms and hedge funds are purchasing farmlands and agribusinesses in an effort to increase returns to shareholders. However, some of these activities are speculative and lead to food price distortions; others impact upon traditional owners when so-called 'land grabs' force producers from their farms. 'Financialisation' is seen as being as important as globalisation and neoliberalism in altering the face of food and farming.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, The University of Sydney
  • Diploma in Social Science, University of New England
  • Master of Science, University of Wisconsin

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Structural change in agriculture; changes power relations along agri-food chains; the financialisation of food and farming.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey (2016). Food systems and land: connections and contradictions. In Mark Shucksmith and David L. Brown (Ed.), Routledge international handbook of rural studies (pp. 183-191) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey, Sippel, Sarah Ruth and Burch, David (2015). The financialisation of food and farming. In Guy Robinson and Doris Carson (Ed.), Handbook on the globalization of agriculture (pp. 309-327) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9780857939838

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey and Dixon, Jane (2015). The political economy of agri-food: supermarkets. In Alessandro Bonanno and Lawrence Busch (Ed.), Handbook of the International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food (pp. 213-231) Cheltenham, Glos, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781782548263.00019

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey and Campbell, Hugh (2014). Neoliberalism in the antipodes: understanding the influence and limits of the neoliberal political project. In Steven A. Wolfe and Alessandro Bonanno (Ed.), The Neoliberal Regime in Agri-food: Crisis, Resilience and Restructuring (pp. 263-283) Abingdon, Oxon, England: Routledge.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey, Richards, Carol and Burch, David (2013). The impacts of climate change on Australia's food production and export. In Quentin Farmer-Bowers, Vaughan Higgins and Joanne Millar (Ed.), Food security in Australia: challenges and prospects for the future (pp. 173-186) New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-4484-8_12

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey, Richards, Carol, Gray, Ian and Hansar, Naomi (2012). Climate change and the resilience of commodity food production in Australia. In Christopher Rosin, Paul Stock and Hugh Campbell (Ed.), Food systems failure: The global food crisis and the future of agriculture (pp. 131-146) London, U.K.: Earthscan.

  • Carl, John D. and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2012). Environmental sustainability and social movements: how do societies connect with nature?. In John D. Carl, Sarah Baker, Brady Robards, John Scott, Wendy Hillman and Geoffrey Lawrence (Ed.), Think sociology (pp. 244-267) Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia: Pearson Australia.

  • Carl, John D. and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2012). Globalisation: the economy and society. In John D. Carl, Sarah Baker, Brady Robards, John Scott, Wendy Hillman and Geoffrey Lawrence (Ed.), Think sociology (pp. 186-206) Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia: Pearson Australia.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey and Cheshire, Lynda (2012). Queensland towns. In Peter Beiharz and Trevor Hogan (Ed.), Sociology: Antipodean perspectives 2nd ed. (pp. 133-143) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey and Cheshire, Lynda (2012). Regions. In Peter Beiharz and Trevor Hogan (Ed.), Sociology: antipodean perspectives 2nd ed. (pp. 31-37) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Kingsford, Richard and Lawrence, Geoff (2011). Peter Cullen: chair of the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel. In Vicky Cullen (Ed.), This land our water: water challenges for the 21st century. A collection of papers by Peter Cullen (pp. 36-39) Hindmarsh, SA, Australia: ATF Press.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey, Lyons, Kristen and Wallington, Tabatha (2010). Introduction: Food security, nutrition and sustainability in a globalised world. In Geoffrey Lawrence, Kristen Lyons and Tabatha Wallington (Ed.), Food security, nutrition and sustainability (pp. 1-23) London, U.K. ; Sterling, VA, U.S.A.: Earthscan.

  • Burch, David and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2010). The "Wellness" phenomenon: Implications for global agri-food systems. In Lawrence, Geoffrey, Lyons, Kristen and Wallington, Tabatha (Ed.), Food security, nutrition and sustainability (pp. 175-187) London, U.K. ; Sterling, VA, U.S.A.: Earthscan.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey, Miller, Toby and Rowe, David (2010). The new international division of cultural labor and sport. In Joseph Maguire and Mark Falcous (Ed.), Sport and migration : Borders, boundaries and crossings (pp. 217-229) Abbingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Wallington, Tabatha and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2009). Accounting for performance: Public environmental governance in the shadow of the future. In Marcus Lane, Cathy Robinson and Bruce Taylor (Ed.), Contested Country (pp. 91-107) Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Gray, Ian, Lawrence, Geoffrey and Sinclair, Peter (2009). The sociology of climate change for regional Australia: Considering farmer capacity for change. In J. Martin, M. Rogers and C. Winter (Ed.), Climate change in regional Australia: Social learning and adaptation (pp. 136-158) Victoria, Australia: VURRN Press.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey and Grice, Janet (2008). Agribusiness, Genetic Engineering and the Corporatisation of Food. In John Germov and Lauren Williams (Ed.), A Sociology of Food & Nutrition: The Social Appetite 3rd ed. (pp. 78-99) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Cheshire, L., Higgins, V. and Lawrence, G. (2007). Introduction: Governing the rural. In L. Cheshire, V. Higgins and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Rural Governance: International Perspectives (pp. 1-18) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Lawrence, G. and Everingham, J. (2007). Regionalism. In Galligan, B. and Roberts, W. (Ed.), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics (pp. 501-503) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

  • Cheshire, Lynda, Higgins, Vaughan and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2007). Rural governance and power relations: Theorising the complexity of state-citizen interactions. In L. Cheshire, V. Higgins and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Rural governance: International perspectives (pp. 291-303) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Burch, D. and Lawrence, G. (2007). Supermarkets Own Brands, New Foods and the Reconfiguration of Agri-food Supply Chains. In Burch, D. and Lawrence, G. (Ed.), Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains: Transformations in the Production and Consumption of Foods (pp. 100-128) Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

  • Lawrence, G. and Burch, D. (2007). Understanding Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains. In Burch, D. and Lawrence, G. (Ed.), Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains: Transformations in the Production and Consumption of Foods (pp. 1-26) Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

  • Campbell, Hugh, Lawrence, Geofffrey and Smith, Kiah (2006). Audit Cultures and the Antipodes: The Implications of EurepGAP for New Zealand and Australian Agri-food Industries. In T. Marsden and J. Murdoch (Ed.), Between the Local and the Global: confronting complexity in the contemporary Agri-food sector (pp. 69-94) Oxford, England: Elsevier.

  • Grice, Janet and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2006). Promovarea dezvoltarii durabile: Problematica guvernarii. In Mihai Pascaru (Ed.), Catalyse: Cunoastere, participare, si dezvoltare in spatiu comunitar (pp. 15-45) Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Editura Argonaut.

  • Lawrence, G A and Cheshire, L A (2006). Queensland Towns. In P. Beilharz and T. Hogan (Ed.), Sociology: Place, Time and Division (pp. 107-111) Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Lockie, Stewart, Lawrence, Geoffrey and Cheshire, Lynda (2006). Reconfiguring rural resource governance: The legacy of neoliberalism in Australia. In P. Cloke, T. Marsden and P. Mooney (Ed.), Handbook of Rural Studies (pp. 29-43) London: Sage.

  • Lawrence, G A and Cheshire, L A (2006). Regions. In P. Beilharz and T. Hogan (Ed.), Sociology: Place, Time and Division 1 ed. (pp. 20-25) Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Burch, D., Lyons, K. and Lawrence, G. (2006). What do we mean by green? Consumers, agriculture and the food industry. In Rikka rokassa vai sattumia sopassa? Johdatus yhteiskuntatieteelliseen maatalous-ja elintarviketutkimukseen (pp. 69-87) Helsinki, Finland: University of Joensuu, Karelian Institute.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey (2005). Globalisation, agricultural production systems and rural restructuring. In Chris Cocklin and Jacqui Dibden (Ed.), Sustainability and change in rural Australia (pp. 104-120) Sydney: New South Wales University Press.

  • Higgins, V. and Lawrence, G. A. (2005). Introduction: Globalization and Agricultural Governance. In V. Higgins and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation (pp. 1-15) London: Routledge.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey (2005). Promoting Sustainable Development: The Question of Governance. In Frederick H. Buttel and Philip McMichael (Ed.), New directions in the sociology of global development (pp. 145-174) Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

  • Cheshire, L. A. and Lawrence, G. A. (2005). Reshaping the State: Global/local networks in association and the governing of agricultural production.. In V. Higgins and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation (pp. 35-49) London: Routledge.

  • Lawrence, Geoffrey and Grice, Janet (2004). Agribusiness, biotechnology and food. In John Germov and Lauren Williams (Ed.), A sociology of food and nutrition : the social appetite 2nd ed. ed. (pp. 77-95) South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Lawrence, G. A., Cheshire, L. A. and Richards, C. A. (2004). Agricultural production and the ecological question. In R. White (Ed.), Controversies in environmental sociology (pp. 221-237) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511804434.014

  • Lyons, K., Lockie, S. and Lawrence, G. A. (2004). Consumer views of organic and GM food. In R. HIndmarsh and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Recoding Nature: Critical Perspectives on Genetic Engineering (pp. 94-107) Sydney: UNSW Press.

  • Lyons, K., Burch, D., Lawrence, G. A. and Lockie, S. (2004). Contrasting paths of corporate greening in Antipodean agriculture: Organics and green production. In K. Jansen and S. Vellema (Ed.), Agribusiness and society: Corporate responses to environmentalism, market opportunities and public regulation (pp. 91-113) London: Zed Books.

  • Richards, Carol, Lawrence, Geoff and Cheshire, Lynda (2004). Environmental sustainability in the beef grazing sector of Central Queensland: What helps, what hinders?. In Carol Richards and Lyn Aitken (Ed.), Social innovations in natural resources management handbook (pp. 65-67) Brisbane, Australia: Department of Natural Resources & Mines.

  • Lawrence, G. A. (2004). Foreword. In C. Richards and L. Atikens (Ed.), Social Innovations in Natural Resource Management Handbook (pp. i-ii) Qld: Dept Natural Resources & MInes, Qld.

  • Hindmarsh, R. and Lawrence, G. A. (2004). Recoding nature: Deciphering the scripts. In R. HIndmarsh and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Recoding Nature: Critical Perspectives on Genetic Engineering (pp. 23-41) Sydney: UNSW Press.

  • Miller, T., Lawrence, G. A., Mckay, J. and Rowe, D. (2004). Sports media sans frontieres. In D. Rowe (Ed.), Critical Readings: Sport, Culture and the Media (pp. 84-98) Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press, McGraw Hill.

  • Lawrence, G. A. and Cheshire, L. A. (2004). The social consequences of the rural reform agenda. In P. Boreham, G. Stokes and R. Hall (Ed.), The Politics of Australian Society: Political Issues for the New Century 2nd ed. (pp. 338-356) Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Longman.

  • Campbell, H. and Lawrence, G. A. (2003). Assessing the neoliberal experiment in Antipodean agriculture. In R. Almas and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Globalization, Localization and Sustainable Livelihoods (pp. 89-101) Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

  • Almas, R. and Lawrence, G. A. (2003). Introduction: The global/local problematic. In R. Almas and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Globalization, Localization and Sustainable Livelihoods (pp. 3-24) Aldershot: Ashgate.

  • Cheshire, L. A. and Lawrence, G. A. (2003). Monto, Queensland. In C. Cocklin and M. Alston (Ed.), Community Sustainability in Rural Australia: A Question of Capital? (pp. 10-37) Wagga Wagga: Centre for Rural Res., Charles Sturt Univ.

  • Lockie, S., Herbert-Cheshire, L. A. and Lawrence, G. A. (2003). Rural sociology. In Ian McAllister, Steve Dowrick and Riaz Hassan (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Social Sciences in Australia (pp. 604-625) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

  • Hindmarsh, R. A. and Lawrence, G. (2001). Bio-utopia: Future Natural?. In R. Hindmarsh and G. Lawrence (Ed.), Altered Genes II: The Future? 2 ed. (pp. 11-35) Melbourne: Scribe Publications.

  • McKay, J., Lawrence, G., Miller, T. and Rowe, D. (2001). Gender equality, hegemonic masculinity and the governmentalisation of Australian amateur sport. In Bennett, T. and Carter, D. (Ed.), Culture in Australia (pp. 233-251) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Burch, David, Lyons, Kristen and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2001). What do we mean by green? Consumers, agriculture and the food industry. In Consuming foods, sustaining environments (pp. 45-68) Bowen Hills, Qld: Australian Academic Press.

  • Hughson, J., Lawrence, G. W., McKay, J. and Rowe, D. (2000). Sport and Australian society. In A Sociology of Australian Society 3 ed. (pp. 275-300) Melbourne: MacMillan.

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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Structural change in agriculture; changes power relations along agri-food chains; the financialisation of food and farming.