Dr Laurence Wainwright

Departmental Lecturer and Course Director, MSc Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment

Academic Profile

Dr Laurence Wainwright is Course Director of the MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment and a Departmental Lecturer. A teaching and learning oriented academic, Laurence has a decade of experience in lecturing, facilitation and supervision across universities in Australia, Sweden and the United States and United Kingdom. Laurence is passionate about the holistic development of the students who he teaches and helping them to develop into well-rounded individuals with a mindset of intellectual curiosity and courage, continuous self-improvement, and service to a mission beyond themselves. He has received several prizes and citations for his teaching, as well as appearing on lists recognising high scores in student feedback surveys.

Laurence completed his doctoral studies in Business Administration at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Laurence's PhD thesis used the contextual domain of the Swedish fishing industry in order to consider how contests to organizational legitimacy manifest around sustainability debates. Eighteen months of this programme was spent at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, and an additional six months across multiple universities in China, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands.

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.

Laurence's research interests are multidisciplinary and diverse. They include sustainability and corporate social responsibility; management and leadership; precision psychiatry, psychopharmacology and drug repurposing; and supporting university students with neurodevelopmental, mood and anxiety disorders. Laurence has served as a reviewer for a leading sustainability journal, undertaken book proposal reviews for a major publisher and served as a grant assessor for a European country energy agency.

Prior to commencing his academic career, Laurence worked briefly in the finance industry. 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 reading, fishing and being in nature.


Past teaching experience:

University of California, Berkeley

School of Public Health

  • PHW 236A Regulatory Science, Drug Development and Public Health (Graduate)

Haas School of Business, Centre for Responsible Business

  • XMBA296 Sustainable Business in the Nordics (Executive MBA)
  • UGBA192T Sustainable Business in the Nordics (Undergraduate)

University of Gothenburg

School of Business, Economics and Law, Department of Business Administration

  • GMO803 Strategy and Organization (Graduate)
  • GMO801 Management and Leadership (Graduate)
  • Västra Götalandsregionen medical doctors professional development: Research Methodology

University of Technology Sydney

UTS Business School

  • 22157 Australian Corporate Environment (Undergraduate)
  • 26100 Integrating Business Perspectives (Undergraduate)
  • 21129 Managing People and Organizations (Undergraduate)
  • 21510 Business Futures (Undergraduate)

Selected publications