Tuesday, 9 June, 2020

Alex-Lawrie web

Alex is a highly qualified policy, strategy and governance practitioner specializing in land use and infrastructure with significant experience in stakeholder and community education, engagement and communications.


Alex has a unique skill and reputation for evidence-based engagement that applies and combines robust social research methods with public communication and education in innovative processes that deliver high impact outcomes. He has advised practitioners on community engagement and integrating local, regional, state, and national land use and infrastructure policies.


Alex worked on the design and delivery of a state-wide training program for the Department of Planning to support implementation of Local Strategic Planning Statements. Led by Professor Roberta Ryan, he supported the project management a $1-million Research Partnership Agreement with the NSW Department of Planning that included extensive testing of the types of evidence communities need to engage effectively in strategic land use and infrastructure planning.

He co-designed a survey on willingness to pay for water infrastructure that educated almost 2,000 Sydney residents on the financial impacts of different water tariff choices for their household. The findings of this ground breaking, large-scale engagement was cited by IPART has been cited as part of the rationale for making changes to Sydney’s water tariff structure worth almost $1 billion over four years.


  • Bachelor of City Planning (1st Class Hons.), University of New South Wales
  • Master of Urban Policy and Strategy (1st Class Hons.), University of New South Wales
  • Dual Doctor of Philosophy (Built Environment), University of Technology Sydney and Technical University of Berlin (current)
  • International Graduate Certificate in Social Science, Humboldt University (Germany)
  • Certificate in Advanced Survey Research Design and Analysis, Australian National University
  • Certificate in Public Deliberation, Debate and Dialogue, University of Sydney and International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).