Many of the themes addressed by the centre are developed in relation to the political economy of regions.
The region refers to a metropolitan area and hinterland, at a sub-state and interstate level. The inter-linkage between the state and the region allows the formulation, design and development of policies, which are both sectoral and territorial.
Researchers: Peter Fairbrother, Richard Phillips, Dora Carias Vega, Matthew Walker, Val Prokopiv
One focus of these researches is on the complexity, challenges and futures of communities as localities, in relation to labour markets and regional and urban governance. Questions are raised about power, which may involve horizontal and vertical coordination of public and private actors. Given the variability in state focus, experimentation with participatory policy-making may be possible.
Regional Politics and Work regions
Researchers: Peter Fairbrother, Ruth Barton, Richard Phillips, Dora Carias Vega, Matthew Walker, Val Prokopiv
The politics of regions, in particular focusing on labour is a core focus for this research. Developing the theme of sustainable regional innovation, research focuses on the place of labour in the process, examining labour as a subject rather than an object.
Communities and Localities: Disaster Studies
Researchers: Peter Fairbrother, Meagan Tyler, Bernard Mees, Richard Phillips
Building on long term research on communities and disaster, the research team is writing a book. The analytic focus of this research examines the intersection between communities and bushfire authorities and agencies, with reference to the forms, media and processes of communication. It identifies strengths, shortcomings and complexities in communication as well as examining the salience of formal and informal relationships and their dynamics within communities and community networks.
Further work is taking place under an AMSI internship with Cardinia Council. This work was undertaken by Marco de Sisto (RMIT PhD student) and ccommissioned by the Cardinia Shire Council (CREM unit) to provide a framework and a suite of tools in order to improve the effectiveness of Cardinia Shire Council in terms of community resilience building and engagement.
Building human capability in the regions - the case of the Mekong Delta
Researchers: Ngan Collins, Pauline Stanton, Sandra Jones
This work encompass all facets of business development, environmental protection, the urbanisation process and educational design appropriate for human capacity building in Vietnam, as well as more traditional HRM, HRD and Human Capital approaches. Through its role in contributing to social change and urban and regional futures in Vietnam this research is directly linked to several research Platforms in addition to Global Business Innovations, including Social Change and Urban Futures. This provides a valuable trans-discipline links between research foci of all three Colleges. Currently there are three potential projects under development with the MDRI and funding is being sought from DFAT and the World Bank as well as other emerging opportunities.
|Peter Fairbrother||Pauline Stanton|
|Ruth Barton||Ngan Collins|
|Richard Phillips||Sandra Jones|
|Dora Carias Vega||Meagan Tyler|
|Matthew Walker||Marco de Sisto|