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Lawrence (Laurie)

Lawrence (Laurie) BONNEY

Year of Award: 1986 Award State: Tasmania Farming > General
Training > General
To investigate the organisation and conduct of training courses for farmers and for those planning to follow farming careers - UK, USA
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This Award enabled Laurie to study how post-secondary education systems in Britain, Canada and the USA were structured and how they worked together to deliver vocational, higher and in-service short-course education. His report was used to re-structure relationships between Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and the University of Tasmania in delivering agricultural education; it contributed to the conceptual design of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania, which for the last 20 years has been the primary source of agricultural research in Tasmania. It is the only example operating in Australia of the US Land Grant University integrated research, extension and education model.

For Laurie the Award stimulated his life-long commitment to developing collaborative, systems-based approaches to improving service delivery. Initially, while managing TAFE sector agricultural education, he worked with the University to plan TIA and devise articulation from TAFE diplomas into University degree courses; this enabled TAFE students to progress through to professional agricultural careers, and some even to achieve PhDs leading to research careers. Later, it was the basis for developing his own successful consulting business in foresight and strategy for agriculture and the corporate sector.

Now, Laurie is the Associate Professor of Agrifood Value Chain Innovation at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture in the University of Tasmania. He chairs the Global Value Chain Research Group, a collaborative multi-disciplinary research group of over 35 researchers at the University of Tasmania. He currently leads several value chain projects in Australia and also conducts value chain research for development in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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