Ben Lyons, RECoE Director

"Who creates a value chain?" - Professor John Rolfe CQUniversity

What does improved water security mean to a regional economy?


Board of Management

RECoE and its research programme is administered by a Board of Management made up of the partner Universities. 

The Centre Director reports to the Board of Management and the group meets quarterly.

The RECoE Board of Management is made up of the following researchers and representatives: 


Associate Professor Ben Lyons, Director, RECoE Bio









Professor Hurriyet Babacan, RECoE Director of Research (The Cairns Institute, James Cook University Bio


Professor John Cole OAM, Chair (Pro Vice Chancellor, USQ) Bio 

Areas of research interest: regional community development, regional resilience, economic diversification, policy, sustainability.   







Professor Brent Ritchie, Deputy Chair (Associate Dean, School of Business, Economics and Law, UQ Bio)









Associate Professor Delwar Ackbar, (School of Business and Law, CQUniversity) Bio








Professor Jim Cavaye, (Institute for Resilient Regions, USQ) Bio










Professor Geoff Cockfield, (Institute for Resilient Regions, USQ) Bio


Professor Allan Dale,  (The Cairns Institute, James Cook University) Bio









Professor John Rolfe (School of Business and Law, CQUniversity) Bio










Mr Richard Routley, Regional Executive Director - Southern Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (QDAF)