Alex Lawrie

Alex Lawrie
Research Officer


Email: [email protected]
Ph: +61 2 9514 1105

Alex Lawrie is an urban planner with a major in demographics and an emerging leader in the field of public policy and program research, analysis and evaluation. Alex has expertise in literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis, survey conceptualisation and questionnaire design, developing policy and program evaluation and monitoring frameworks, and design and delivery of large scale community and stakeholder engagement processes. He has undertaken comprehensive research and analysis across a wide range of policy and program areas, including strategic and statutory land use planning, infrastructure, community and social planning, sustainability and the environment, and the arts.

Alex is a highly skilled researcher with a strong ability to identify strategic linkages between policy and program needs, activities, outputs and outcomes. Alex was a co-author of ACELG's National Best Practice Guidelines for the Planning and Development of Child Care Facilities and the influential background research report, which informed aspects of the Productivity Commission's recent national inquiry into child care access and was recently awarded a 2014 Planning Institute of Australia Award for Planning Excellence (NSW Division). Alex is also a co-author of ACELG's forthcoming first ever comprehensive profile of the local government workforce across Australia developed using data from the 2011 ABS Census.

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based policy
  • Strategic, statutory and social planning
  • Urban and metropolitan governance
  • Government policy and program evaluation
  • Major infrastructure and community facilities
  • Urban regeneration
  • Affordable housing
  • Local government and inter-governmental relations
  • Demographic research and analysis
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Sustainability, environment and water policy.

Teaching areas

  • Land use planning
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Demographics
  • Community and stakeholder engagement.
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