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Carmen Lawrence

Professor, BPsych W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 187 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
1991 …2021
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After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government. She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007. She is now a Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia where she is working to establish a centre to research the forces driving significant social change in key areas of contemporary challenge as well as exploring our reactions to that change. The centre will also seek to expose for public discussion the processes most likely to achieve social change where that is a desired objective.


  • Policy development
  • Political psychology
  • Social conflict
  • Conservation psychology

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Projects 2011 2021

Research Output 1991 2019

Accepters, fence sitters, or rejecters: Moral profiles of vaccination attitudes

Rossen, I., Hurlstone, M., Dunlop, P. & Lawrence, C., Mar 2019, In : Social Science & Medicine. 224, p. 23-27 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Climate change from a distance: Psychological distance and construal level as predictors of pro-environmental engagement

Wang, S., Hurlstone, M., Leviston, Z., Lawrence, C. & Walker, I., 23 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Emotions predict policy support: Why it matters how people feel about climate change

Wang, S., Leviston, Z., Hurlstone, M. J., Lawrence, C. M. & Walker, I. A., May 2018, In : GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS. 50, p. 25-40 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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26 Citations (Scopus)

Climate change and loss, as if people mattered: values, places, and experiences

Tschakert, P., Barnett, J., Ellis, N., Lawrence, C., Tuana, N., New, M., Elrick-Barr, C., Pandit, R. & Pannell, D., 2017, In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: WIREs Climate Change. 8, 5, 19 p., e476.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

'Fair go' nation? Egalitarian myth and reality in Australia

Lawrence, C. M., 2017, The Honest History Book. Stephens, D. & Broinowski, A. (eds.). UNSW Press, Vol. 35.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter