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.
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. Data and interview material is being collected from Pilbara-based educators, students, potential students and community members regarding the possibilities and opportunities for delivering higher education and lifelong learning to the Pilbara. It is expectedthe report will be delivered in early 2017.
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
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)