How do we enhance Queensland's agricultural value chains?

Developing rural tourism: is it truly a regional diversification pathway to prosperity?

What do low carbon futures in regional rural economies look like?

How do we acculturate more entrepreneurship, innovation and business culture in regional economies?

Register here for our next event:

Webinar #2: Changing Rural Economies

In this session we will explore new thinking achieving vibrance and viability post COVID, Qld recovery and adaptation with future economic models, structural adjustments that are needed for sustainable and inclusive rural economic development.

Date: 10:30AM -12pm (Queensland time)

Thursday November 18th, 2021. An online event. 

Cassian Drew, Inclusive Growth

Professor Allan Dale, James Cook University

John Carey, Red Earth Community Foundation (South Burnett)

Facilitator: Professor Hurriyet Babacan, Research Director -RECoE

Webinar #1

Making Sense of Markets for Ecosystem Services will be uploaded shortly

Date: Thursday October 14th, 2021. An online event.

In this session we will focus on what will help with identification and management of opportunities and trends in emergent environmental markets.

Associate Professor Ian Mackenzie, The University of Queensland  - The Drivers of Emerging Environmental Markets

Amelia Selles, Department of Environment and Science QLD (DES) - Environmental Impact & The role of Environmental Markets

Carole Sweatman, GreenCollar Group - Scale and Opportunity in the Real World

Nigel Onley, Taroom-based Landholder & Producer - Decision making factors and influences

Facilitators: Ben Lyons & Saleena Ham (RECoE/USQ)


Our core research question: 

“How best can innovation, integration, collaboration and a strategic multidisciplinary approach to industry, community and regional development deliver a thriving and internationally competitive rural economy?”

RECoE is a first-of-its-kind rural economic research collaboration comprised of four Queensland Universities: The University of Queensland, James Cook University, Central Queensland University & the University of Southern Queensland.

Established with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in 2018 for an initial 3 year period with combined funding of $3.6m, the centre divides its research portfolio into five themes: economic tools and analysis, regional innovation, value chain analysis, policy development; and translation & engagement.

Each of these themes have research projects based on topics and locations relevant to regional Queensland and have been designed to have impact beyond their case studies and regional locations.  

Our latest research papers:

Amber Marshall, Hurriyet Babacan & Allan Dale, June 2021. "Leveraging digital development in regional and rural Queensland:Policy Discussion Paper" The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns Australian (pp. 44). 

Akbar, D., Rolfe, J., Rahman, A., and Rajapaksa, D., 2020. Can cooperative business models coordinate horizontal and vertical supply chains? A case study in the Australian pineapple industry. School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton (pp. 38).

Peggy Schrobback*, Steven Rust^, Sarah Ugalde^, and John Rolfe*, 2020.  Describing and analysing the
Pacific oyster supply chain in Australia. *School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton & University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (pp.22).

Star, M., Rolfe, J., De Valck, J. and Rajapaksa, D., 2020. Consumer demands – seizing the opportunities in the beef industry. Report provided to the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton (pp. 37).


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