Cities and Regions

The success of Western Australia’s regions is critical for promoting overall economic growth in the state. There is currently a need for greater understanding of the State’s regional workforce, migration and population. Projects under this research theme investigate a myriad of topics that inform regional economic policy development. These include the key drivers of regional population growth in WA, development strategies are most likely to contribute to the success of WA’s regional economies and the contribution of workforce planning to enhanced productivity in regional areas. This research theme also investigates areas of regional industrial development – for example, in agriculture, tourism, energy and non-energy resources – that might be able capitalise on existing economic strengths and new economic opportunities. In addition, given the heavy reliance on natural resources in many regional economies across WA, the benefits and trade-offs to the WA economy and households from investing different forms of energy production (e.g. renewable versus fossil energy) is also of interest.

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Re-imagining the future for desert Australia Digby Race, Michael Dockery, Lisa Havas, Catherine Joyce, Supriya Mathew, Bruno Spandonide Desert regions of the world comprise about 25% of the world’s land surface and are home to 500 million people, yet are often portrayed as extreme places with resident communities marginalised from mainstream development. Australia has a relatively vast desert... Read article 7 April 2017Journal Articles Read More
Far removed: an insight into the labour markets of remote communities in central Australia Michael Dockery, Judith Lovell There are ongoing debates about the livelihoods of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians living in remote communities, and the role for policy in addressing socio-economic equity and the economic viability of those communities. The characteristics and dynamics of remote... Read article 3 April 2017Journal Articles Read More
Western Australia’s International Education Sector: Performance and Prospects Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Kenneth Leong, John Phillimore, Richard Seymour Australia has been a leader in international education for many years, and it is now the country’s principal services export and our third largest export industry overall. It has been identified in any government and other studies as an industry... Read article 18 November 2016Feature Read More
Assessing the Significance of Internal Migration in Drought Affected Areas: Yogi Vidyattama, Rebecca Cassells, Jinjing Li, Annie Abello The Murray-Darling Basin is the heart of Australia’s agricultural industry, representing 14 per cent of all agricultural output and housing almost 40 per cent of Australia’s farmers. The area is also one of the biggest consumers of Australia’s scarce water... Read article 30 September 2016Journal Articles Read More
From Paddock to Plate: WA’s potential in agriculture and agribusiness Steven Bond-Smith, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Kenneth Leong, Ha Nguyen There has been a collective nervousness following the decline in the resources sector in Western Australia and its associated grim headlines. Agriculture has historically been an important industry for the state. With an expanding middle class in China and a rising population in... Read article 23 September 2016BCEC Reports  |  Focus on Industry Read More
Community Wellbeing From the Ground Up Mandy Yap, Eunice Yu At some point in our lives, we have asked ourselves one or all of these questions. What matters most in life? What makes life worth living? What makes you happy? What makes you feel good? What makes you flourish? Wellbeing can mean many... Read article 12 August 2016BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More