Dr Laurence Wainwright

Laurence Wainwright Profile PictureDr Laurence Wainwright is a Research Fellow at Green Templeton College and a member of the Sustainability Working Group. He is Departmental Lecturer in the School of Geography and the Environment and Course Director of the MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. A teaching and learning oriented academic, Laurence has been lecturing, facilitating and supervising at universities across Australia, Sweden, the United States, and United Kingdom since 2011.

Laurence’s research interests and teaching areas are multidisciplinary and diverse. They include sustainability and corporate social responsibility; mental health impacts of climate change; strategy, management, leadership; and precision psychiatry, psychopharmacology and drug repurposing. In addition to his primary role in the Smith School, Laurence is a Skoll Early Career Research Fellow in the Saïd Business School, and a Contributor Researcher and Facilitator in the Department of Psychiatry.

A Member of Smith School Leadership and Management Teams and School of Geography Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Laurence also serves as an external examiner at several leading British universities, an adjunct reviewer for two business ethics journals and several scholarship selection committees. In 2022 Laurence received an Oxford University Excellence Award. Additionally, he was a nominee for the Vice Chancellor’s Staff Sustainability Award.

Laurence has extensive media experience providing expert opinion on a broad range of sustainability issues – particularly the intersection of environment and health. In 2022 his contributions were featured in over 200 outlets, including BBC World News television, PBS NewsHour, New Scientist, the Financial Times and the Guardian.

Laurence completed his doctoral studies in Business Administration at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, completing half the programme at the University of California, Berkeley. Laurence’s PhD thesis used the contextual domain of the Swedish fishing industry in order to consider how contests to organisational legitimacy manifest around sustainability debates. Laurence also holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University, a Master of Education from the Queensland University of Technology, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Business (Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney.

Prior to commencing his academic career, Laurence trained as an accountant and worked briefly in the banking industry in Australia. He has also spent time in the volunteer not-for-profit sector, where he worked with individuals experiencing homelessness and recovering from addiction to find employment.

Outside of work, Laurence enjoys fishing, reading and hiking. He has a pet tortoise named Charlotta, and a vivarium with five frogs that are known to croak loudly in the background of important Zoom calls.

Contact: laurence.wainwright@smithschool.ox.ac.uk