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Dr. Mark Lawrence, Ph.D.



Office: HS 239

Phone: (218) 755-2921


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Mark Lawrence (Ph.D., Geography, University of Iowa 1997) has assisted the community planning efforts of political scientists, anthropologists, economists, sociologists, native rights organisations, and environmental scientists and attorneys.  Affiliations have included the Indigenous Environmental Network, the University of Iowa Center for International and Comparative Studies, UI’s Center for International Rural and Environmental Health, the Stanley Foundation, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, the State of Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  Overseas affiliations include Rebirth of the Land of Siberia (Irkutsk), the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research, Global Service Corps (San Francisco), Zimbabwe Workcamps, and in Kenya especially the Foundation Agency for Rural Development, the Masongaleni Community Organisation for Sustainable Development, and the Uongozi Centre for NGO Studies, Leadership and Management. 

Lawrence’s fieldwork examines cultural ecology, ethnographic issues of leadership capacity, indigenous environmental knowledge, the environmental consequences of changing relationships between rural women’s health and work patterns, and land tenure issues in ecologically at-risk regions facing increased immigration and export cash cropping.  His teaching at BSU emphasizes regional planning and political geography, with growing interests in development-induced displacement and resettlement, urban biodiversity, emergent urbanism, “participatory GIS”, and new spatial semiotics.  Lawrence has also taught at the Des Moines Area Community College, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, and Northwest Missouri State University, as well as contributing regularly to the Summer Symposium on Community, Work, and Community Support at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  On sabbatical in 2012, he taught undergraduate courses in community development and graduate courses in urban and regional planning at the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany.