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.