Laurence is an academic and activist whose main field is social movement studies. If you went searching for key academics in the field in Europe Laurence would pop up pretty fast. He co-founded the practitioner-oriented journal Interface; co-founded the Council for European Studies’ social movements research network; and organised Ireland’s first conference on social movements since 1998. He co-directs the MA on Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth University in Ireland and runs a PhD-level programme of participatory action research in social movement practice. IN 2014 he co-edited the volume Understanding European Social Movements.