Dr. Mark Lawrence


Office/Department: Geography

Location: Hagg-Sauer Hall 239

Phone: (218) 755-2921

Box #: 23

Email: mlawrence@bemidjistate.edu

Website: Website

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Mark Lawrence has assisted the community planning efforts of political scientists, anthropologists, economists, sociologists, native rights organizations, 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, the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Headwaters Food Sovereignty Council.

Overseas affiliations mostly recently have included Der Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland, and previously included 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), and Zimbabwe Workcamps.  In Kenya especially, Lawrence remains closely affiliated with the Foundation Agency for Rural Development, the Masongaleni Community Organisation for Sustainable Development, and the Uongozi Centre for NGO Studies, Leadership and Management.


Ph.D. Geography, University of Iowa 1997


Dr. Lawrence’s 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.

Since 2012, he has taught summer undergraduate courses in community development and graduate courses in urban and regional planning at the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany.  Also in Erfurt, Lawrence regularly participates as a keynote speaker for the International Week seminars involving students not only from Germany and the U.S., but India, South Africa, and Ukraine as well.

Research Interests

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.