Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence: Geoff studied agricultural science at Sydney University in the early 1970s, later completing his masters in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and doctorate in sociology at Griffith University. His research spans the areas of rural social change, agri-food industries, food security, social aspects of natural resource management and the sociology of sport. He was Head of the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland from 2002-2010 and, prior to that, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Regional Development at Central Queensland University. He was the co-founder of the Australasian Agrifood Research Network in 1993 and, with colleagues at Charles Sturt University, created the international interdisciplinary journal Rural Society in 1994. For over a decade he was a member of the management committee of the Fitzroy Basin Association. In 2003 he was appointed by the Federal Government to the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum, and was reappointed for another three year term in 2009. For his work in Central Queensland, he was awarded an Emeritus Professorship from Central Queensland University, and became a Life Member of the Fitzroy Basin Association. With co-researchers he has been the recipient of over $15 million in research grants from bodies such as the Australian Research Council, Land and Water Australia, Rural Industries R&D Corporation, and the Queensland Government. He has been a visiting fellow at Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Essex University, the Norwegian University of Technology, and Michigan State University. During his career he published thirty books, and over 500 book chapters, refereed articles and research monographs. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2012 he was elected President of the International Rural Sociology Association and will serve in that role until 2016. He is Chair of the College of Experts within the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. Following his retirement in December 2013 he was made Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Queensland where he continues to undertake research, publish, and to supervise doctoral students.