In addition to qualifications in Asian studies, David Lawrence has trained in librarianship and museum curatorial practice. He undertook research for his doctorate in the Fly estuary region of PNG. Since then he has worked in environmental anthropology and project management in the Asia/Pacific region.
Between 1990 and 1994 David was Coordinator of the Torres Strait Baseline Study for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He was then seconded to work in the Kakadu National Park on a study of Aboriginal joint management. He has also written on the environmental management of the Great Barrier Reef and on marine issues in Southeast Asia.
David is currently managing a major research project in the Solomon Islands for the AusAID funded Community Sector Program. He maintains a research interest in environmental anthropology.