Laurence is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future at Boston University, an Associate at the Centre for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston, and a Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance Project. He held a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2013 and 2016. Laurence will assume a Rachel Carson Fellowship at LMU Munich in 2017.
Laurence held research and professional roles at the United Nations, the University of Manchester, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan, and Land Bank of the Philippines. He holds an MA in Development Studies (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland, an MPA in Organization and Management and a BS in Civil Engineering both from Mindanao State University in General Santos City, Philippines. His PhD in environmental management is from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.