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The Centre for Regional Development at the University of Western Australia is research intensive, focussing on understanding the major economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges facing rural, regional and remote Australia. It was established in 1999 and has since undertaken research for, and disseminated scholarly and applied academic information to, a range of national and government agencies, private sector and community organisations and natural resource management groups.

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Dr Kirsten Martinus awarded two ARC grants in 2016

Dr Kirsten Martinus awarded two ARC grants in 2016

Dr Kirsten Martinus was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)   Labour proximities in institutionally-thin innovative peripheries (2017-19). 

Kirsten is also part of a team awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, The Globalising Economies of Australian Cities (2017-20).

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New book published

New book published

An edited collection on the topical issues regarding fly-in/fly-out and long distance commuting was published in late 2016.  This book draws together a range of research examining the socio-economic impacts of rapid economic development and labour mobility in the Australian resources industries.  It examines the tensions of new workforce arrangements on people and communities while also exploring new rural, regional and remote development opportunities, harnessing technologies and economic innovations.  

The book is published by Springer (see http://www.springer.com/book/9789811020162)

The eBook is available:  http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-10-2018-6

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Tertiary education opportunities for the Pilbara

Tertiary education opportunities for the Pilbara

Researchers from the Centre for Regional Development have been contracted by the Pilbara Development Commission and the Western Australian Department of Regional Development to undertake an assessment and feasibility of potential innovative models for delivering higher education and lifelong learning to the Pilbara.  

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Research report: The impact of major agreements associated with Native Title in Western Australia

Research report: The impact of major agreements associated with Native Title in Western Australia

This report, conducted for the Department of Regional Development, addresses the question of how effective agreements arising from native title determinations are at meeting the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples who have achieved, or are pursuing (through registered native title claims), legal recognition as native title holders.

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