Lawrence Roderick


Roderick Lawrence graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the University of Adelaide (Australia) with First Class Honours. He has a Master Degree from the University of Cambridge (England) and a Doctorate of Science from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, (Switzerland). In 1999 he was nominated Professor in the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Geneva. He was promoted to Honorary Professor in October 2015.

He currently is also Honorary Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide (2017-2020), and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He was Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Health at the United Nations University (UNU-IIGH) from 2014 to 2016. He was founding Director of the Certificate for Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development at the University of Geneva from 2003 until 2016, and Director of the Global Environmental Policy Program (GEPP) from 2010 until 2016.

Positions since 2010

  • Honorary Professor, University of Geneva (since October 2015)
  • Honorary Adjunct Professor, University of Adelaide (since February 2017)
  • Adjunct Professor, National University of Malaysia (since July 2011)
  • Invited Professor, United Nations University (September 2014 - September 2016)
  • Director, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development, University of Geneva (2003 - 2016)
  • Director, Global Environmental Policy Program (GEPP, University of Geneva (2010 - 2016).


  • Hall of Fame, International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS), 2016
  • Distinguished Leadership Award, Society for Human Ecology, 2016
  • Manchester Health Award for Prevention, 2014
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Editions 28 à 32, 2011-2015 
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Editions 10 à 12, 2008-2016.

Scientific Committees

  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Network for Inter- and Trans- disciplinary research, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Bern (2009-2020).
  • Management Committee Representative of Switzerland, and Working Group 1 Vice-Chair for EU-COST Action TD1408 on Interdisciplinarity in Research Programming and Funding Cycles (INTREPID) from 28April 2015 to 30 April 2019.
  • Member of Scientific Committee of Programme Interdisciplinaire de Recherche Ville et Environnement (CNRS) et Ministère de l'Ecologie, du Développement et de l'Aménagement durables de la France (2008-2014).


  • Associate Member of the New York Academy of Sciences (since 1997).
  • Board Member of International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) (1986 – 2002).  Founding Chair of Housing Network (1986 - 2014). Ordinary Member since 2014.
  • Coordinator of Working Group of European Network for Housing and Urban Research (ENHR) (1992-2015). Ordinary Member since 2015.

Research Themes

Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contributions for the understanding of complex urban challenges in the 21st century, and effective responses to them; Conceptual frameworks and principles of human ecology applied to study people-environment relations; The residential context of health, well-being and quality of life in a rapidly changing world; Partnerships and community based approaches for implementing the sustainable development goals (SDGs).


Three tasks for Transdisciplinary Bridge Builders:


Higher Education

  • Bachelor of Architecture &Planning, First Class Honours (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Master of Letters (St. John's College, University of Cambridge, England)
  • Docteur of Sciences (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland).


Publications (2017 – 2012)

R.J. Lawrence, J. Siri, A. Capon (2017) Lessons from Hippocrates for contemporary urban health challenges. Cities and health doi/full/10.1080/23748834.2017.1372967

R.J. Lawrence and F. Gatzweiler (2017) Wanted: A Transdisciplinary Knowledge Domain for Urban Health. Journal of Urban Health doi: 10.10007/s11524-017-0182-x

R.J. Lawrence (2017) Constancy and change: Key issues in housing and health research, 1987-2017. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi:10.3390/ijerph14070763

R.J. Lawrence (2017) A trans-anthropo-logic of transdisciplinarity. In: D. Fam, J. Palmer, C. Riedy & C. Mitchell (eds.) Transdisciplinary research and practice for sustainability outcomes. London, Routledge, pp. 253-259.

R.J. Lawrence (2017) Understanding human ecology: a systems approach, Housing, Theory and Society, 34 (1): 123-125.

R.J. Lawrence (2016) Enseigner l’interdisciplinarité: Défis et réponses.  In B. Hubert & N. Mathieu (dir.) Interdisciplinarités entre Natures et Sociétés : Colloque de Cerisy. Bruxelles, Peter Lang, pp.241-252.

R.J. Lawrence (2016) Interdisciplinary science: A coming of age? New York Academies of Sciences Magazine, Spring (3rd May)

R.J. Lawrence (2015) Mind the Gap: Bridging the divide between knowledge, policy and practice. In: H. Barton, S. Thompson, S. Burgess & M. Grant (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being, pp. 74-84, New York, London: Routledge.

R.J. Lawrence (2015) Urban Life and Health. In: James D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, pp. 830 – 835, 2nd edition, vol.24. Oxford: Elsevier.

R.J. Lawrence (2015) Advances in transdisciplinarity: epistemologies, methodologies and processes. Futures, vol.65, no.1: pp.1-9.



R.J. Lawrence (2014) Understanding Environmental Quality Through Quality of Life (QOL) Studies. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier, 2014. 18-July 2014 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09139-9.

R.J. Lawrence (2014) Sustainable development and global change. In B. Freedman (ed.) Global Environmental Change, pp.499-508. Springer: Dordrecht NL. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5784-4_94

R.J. Lawrence (2014) Population policies. In: B. Freedman (ed.) Global Environmental Change, pp.579-583. Springer: Dordrecht NL. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5784-4_92

R.J. Lawrence (2014) Dialogue between disciplines: Contributions of human ecologyIn R. Gomes Alvim, A. Isau Badiru & J. Marques (eds.) Ecologia humana: Uma visao global. Feira de Santana, UEFS Editora, pp. 41-77. 

R.J. Lawrence & G. Barbey (eds.) (2014), Repenser l’Habitat: Donner un sens au logement. (Rethinking habitats: making sense of housing.) Gollion: Infolio Editions.

R.J. Lawrence (2013) Urban heath challenges in Europe. Journal of Urban Health, 90: S23-S36 doi:10.1007/s11524-012-9761-z

R.J. Lawrence (2012) Santé urbaine au XXI siècle : défis de l’interdisciplinarité. In A. Lévy (dir.) Ville, urbanisme et santé: les trois révolutions. Paris, Editions Pascal, pp.288-311. 

R.J. Lawrence, H. Turgut & P. Kellett (eds.) (2012)Requalifying the Built Environment: Challenges and Responses.Hogrefe: Göttingen.

R.J. Lawrence (2012) People-environment studies.  In D. Clapham, W. Clark & K. Gibb (eds.)   The Sage Handbook of Housing Studies, pp. 230-243. London: Sage.

R.J. Lawrence (2012) Health and Housing.  Heath Risks and Overcrowding.  People and the Built Environment.  In S. Smith (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home.   Elsevier Publishing on line:


Prof. Roderick Lawrence

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