Rural Economies Webinars 2020

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Rural Economies Webinars 2020

In follow up to our successful Rural Economic Development courses in 2019 and in conjunction with our partners CQUniversity, USQ, UQ and James Cook University,  RECoE will offer a series of economic development training courses in 2020. 

Our intention is to build on the foundations laid by the initial training courses that were offered through the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence in 2019.

The program is aimed at people working with economic development issues in regional Queensland, with more specific aims including:

  • Offer more targeted training that follows on from the introductory programs in 2019
  • Make the courses accessible to a broad range of people across regional Queensland
  • Build awareness and familiarity of different economic tools
  • Providing skills development for professionals especially those working in and with rural and regional communities  


Virtual Mode of Offering

The courses will be offered in virtual mode by Zoom and via link provided once the participant is registered.

Each session will involve a one hour lecture, followed by another hour of discussion, examples and exercises.

The courses will be streamed from Rockhampton, Cairns, Toowoomba and Brisbane. Anyone with an internet connection should be able to participate however we will limit registrations to a maximum of 40 participants per session so as to allow for active participation in the Q & A section of the webinar. 

Note that if demand exceeds spaces available we will endeavour to schedule more webinars.

Please direct all enquiries to: 



Topic Title 



Thurs 9/4/20


Leading economic recovery in regional communities - strategies and approaches for rural economic development practitioners

A/Prof Ben Lyons/Dr Geoff Woolcock/Mr Chad Renando/Ms Jo Sheppard (USQ)

Webinar recording

Thurs 23/4/20


Community Economic Assessment  - Multipliers and input-output analysis 

Prof John Rolfe (CQU)

 Webinar recording

Thurs 30/4/20


Governing Well for Regional and Rural Economic Development

Prof Allan Dale (JCU)

Fully Subscribed!

If interested please email above

Thurs   7/5/20


Community Economic Assessment  - Measures to assess economic activity in community and regions

Prof John Rolfe (CQU)

 Webinar recording

Thurs   14/5/20


Economic Development Strategy for Vibrant Regions

Prof Hurriyet Babacan (JCU)

Fully Subscribed!

If interested please email above

Thurs 21/5/20


Resource Economics – Introduction to Cost-Benefit analysis 

Dr Peggy Schrobback (CQU)

 Webinar recording

Thurs   4/6/20


Resource Economics - Measures to evaluate between different policy options, including evaluations around water, infrastructure, conservation and development options

Dr Jeremy De Valck

Dr Peggy Schrobback + Prof John Rolfe (CQU)

Webinar recording




Striving for Digital Connectivity: Digital Equality Making a World of Difference to Regional Queensland

Saleena Ham (USQ)

Prof Hurriyet Babacan (JCU -RECoE)

Prof Jim Cavaye (UTas)

Trudi Bartlett (RDA)

Webinar Recording and presentation

Thurs 18/6/20


Production Economics – Modelling production at the enterprise level 

Prof John Rolfe (CQU)

Webinar recording and presentation

Thurs 2/7/20


Production Economics – Evaluating industry or sector economic performance 

Prof John Rolfe (CQU)

Click here to register

Thurs 16/7/20


Supply Chains – Analysis from input suppliers through to end markets

Dr Peggy Schrobback + A/Prof Delwar Akbar (CQU)

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Thursday 23/7/20


A 360 View of the implications of Crises and Disasters for Regional Tourism Economies

Prof Gabby Walters        Prof Judith Mair           Ms Yawei Jiang      (UQ)

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Professor John Rolfe (CQUniversity)

Professor John Rolfe is Professor of Regional Economic Development at the School of Business and Law at the Central Queensland University (CQU). John is a highly experienced and widely published academic with expertise in non-market valuation, regional development analysis, and economic impact assessment in regional areas. 

Dr Peggy Schrobback (CQUniversity)

Dr Peggy Schrobback is a resource and environmental economist at the School of Business and Law at the Central Queensland University (CQU). She has expertise in the area of aquaculture and fisheries economics. She has also work on projects that focus on land and coastal management, such as water allocations for irrigated agriculture in the Murray-Darling Basins and the sustainability of freight ports. Dr Schrobback was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by the UQ School of Economics in 2016 and 2017 and is a Director of the Australasian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society (AARES).

Associate Professor Delwar Akbar (CQUniversity)

A/Professor Delwar Akbar's research during the last decade has focused predominantly on rural and regional economics, value chain analysis, property and health economics, economic impact assessment and regional development. A/Professor Akbar is experienced in integrated economic models with supply chain, health services and regional planning models. At RECoE within the value chain discipline, Delwar has been developing and testing collaborative business models that could boaster rural economic dynamics and international trade.

Professor John Mangan (UQ)

John Mangan is a Professor of Economics within the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland and was the inaugural Director of the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (2014-15). Extensively published, John is an experienced presenter who has lectured in a broad range of subject areas including regional economics, labour economics, business finance, business policy, human resource management, management and quantitative economics.

Professor Hurriyet Babacan (James Cook University)

Professor Hurriyet Babacan is the Research Director at RECoE and a Professor based at the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. Professor Babacan has a distinguished career over the last 25 years with a proven track record of achievement in senior leadership and strategic management roles including all levels of government most recently as a local government CEO. She has a distinguished record in scholarship in research, teaching and learning and community and professional service.    

Professor Allan Dale (James Cook University)

Allan Dale is a Professor of Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University and the Chief Scientist for the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA). Allan is also a University Fellow with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute and has a strong interest in integrated societal governance, with a particular focus across the tropical world, northern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. He leads JCU’s contributions to Queensland’s Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) and the Clean Growth Choices Program, the Human Dimensions of the GBR, the Northern Development agenda and emerging approaches to Collective Impact.

Dr Geoff Woolcock  (University of Southern Queensland)

Geoff Woolcock is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s Institute for Resilient Regions, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University’s School of Human Services and Social Work and the University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Social Sciences. His work with public and private sector organisations concentrates on developing qualitative and quantitative measures of progress, closely collaborating with local communities. Geoff is an experienced social researcher with considerable expertise in social and community service planning and evaluation, social capital and community capacity building. He has 30 years community-based research experience nationally and internationally, and has co-published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and community reports. 

Facilitator - Associate Professor Ben Lyons (RECoE/USQ)

Ben Lyons is an expert in China-Australian agricultural trade and regional economic development. A former CEO of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) he has led a number of regional and international initiatives including ag-tech, export development, and investment strategies for regional SMEs and major economic development projects such as the Wellcamp airport on the Darling Downs.  He is the Director of the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence based in Toowoomba. 



Who should attend?

The course is designed for economic development practitioners and regional leaders primarily located in regional and rural Queensland.

What is the cost? 

The course is free for Queensland-based rural and regional economic development practitioners. 

What is the course format? Cohort size?

The classes will be delivered in a lecture and interactive format with group discussion and interaction a key aspect. Each course will have between 25-40 attendees with a maximum of 40 attendees allowed for each course.  Once registered a zoom link will be emailed to each participant.  

Will there be other courses?

Yes. We are developing courses for the rural economic development community and especially with our research topics in mind. 

For more information contact us by email: