Lawrence is a Research Fellow with the Leeds University’s School of Earth and Environment. Lawrence worked as an actuary in the life & pensions industry from 1987 to 2006. In 2006 he returned to university to study environmental science at the University of York before moving to the University of Leeds in 2007. Lawrence has a BSc. in Mathematics from the University of Southampton, an MSc. Environmental Science and Management from the University of York, and a Ph.D. in Understanding Diurnal Temperature Range Changes from the University of Leeds.