Enhancing agricultural value chains

Developing rural tourism

Low carbon futures for rural economies

Entrepreneurship, innovation and business culture

In 2015-16, regional Queensland contributed $101 billion to gross state product. Brisbane, and other areas in South East Queensland, contributed $155 billion and $50 billion respectively.

How do we sustainably grow that regional $101 billion contribution?


About the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE)

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.  From building a regional innovation ecosystem in Goondiwindi to the unlocking value chain opportunities in far North Queensland, RECoE is a research collaboration on a mission. 


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?”