Rethinking Regional Policy After the Crisis

Rethinking Regional Policy After the Crisis

Disaster preparation and recovery must be a priority for regional policymakers in the wake of last summer’s bushfires and the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new report from the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Smart Specialisation and Regional Policy.

The Centre brought together participants from universities, industry, government and civil society to discuss disaster preparedness and disaster response in regions. They concluded that new policies and initiatives in these areas must be tied to a fundamental rethinking of what regions mean in Australia, and what regional economies and lifestyles look like in the 21st century.

The two reports from the roundtable canvass a range of issues, including regional economies and systems of production; liveability in regions; and the fundamental questions of defining regions and their relationship to Australia’s metropolitan areas. This provides the basis for the Centre’s agenda in 2020, and a reconvened roundtable in June.

Rethinking Regional Policy After the Bushfire Crisis – Part One

Rethinking Regional Policy After the Bushfire Crisis – Part Two

For more information about these reports and the Centre’s activities, email

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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04 May 2020


04 May 2020


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