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 the Honourable John McVeigh, Chair (Executive Director, Institute for Resilient Regions, USQ) Bio

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


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


Dr Geoff Woolcock, (Institute for Resilient Regions, USQ)


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 Paul Walmsley, Regional Executive Director, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (QDAF)