You are here

Professor Alistair Lawrence

Professor Alistair Lawrence

Alistair Lawrence

 0131 6519343

Scotland’s Rural College
W Mains Rd


Alistair is Chair of Animal Behaviour & Welfare at SRUC, with a primary focus on understanding the biology of positive welfare using behaviour as a starting point, but also using other disciplines and techniques as applicable including physiology, neurobiology, molecular biology and genetics. His team are also interested in the causes and consequences of ‘positive’ behaviour such as play in farm animals and for this have been studying differences between individuals and litters of pigs. They are also interested in developing video recognition of play behaviour given the difficulties in quantifying and recording the behaviour using conventional approaches.

Leading Ideas

  • Livestock improvement
  • Livestock Welfare

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.2 - Livestock Production, Health, Welfare, and Disease Control
  • 2.2.7 Welfare assessment techniques
  • 2.3 - Productive and Sustainable Land Management
  • 2.3.12 Increasing uptake of best practice