The Regional Australia Institute team have a wealth of experience in regional research, policy-making and community consultation.
Meet the team below.
Liz’s primary purpose at the RAI is to make a difference through providing leadership, engagement, information and connectivity. Heralding from country NSW, she understands the issues impacting regional Australia and has designed and executed programs across Australia to engage in economic and social issues affecting our regions.
DR KIM HOUGHTON
Kim manages the RAI’s policy and research portfolio to ensure the Institute’s work has practical application and supports a better policy environment and more vibrant regional economies. Having worked on regional economic development in Australia for almost 20 years, Kim has a passion for engaging, motivating, informing and connecting entrepreneurial business owners.
Editor in Chief
BBus (Major in Journalism)
DR KYLIE BOURNE
Lead Researcher, Regions in Transition
BA, MAE, PhD (with Distinction)
Kylie is a researcher with extensive experience in knowledge brokering and research communication. She has worked in the policy space across the public, not-for-profit and higher education sectors. Kylie has published academic research and media commentary on a variety of social and public policy related issues.Kylie is passionate about regional issues. She lives in regional Australia and volunteers as an Ethics teacher and coordinator in NSW schools in the Yass Valley region.
Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant
B GraphicDes, BA(Hons)
DR ANGELA LEHMANN
Lead Researcher, Future of Regional Jobs
BComm, BA(Hons), PhD (Sociology)
Angela is a social scientist who grew up in rural NSW. She has worked in policy analysis in the UK before spending ten years researching communities and changing working lives in international settings. Angela has published two books on migration, diversity and China and has presented her work around the world. Having spent time abroad, Angela is excited to be focused on issues closer to her regional Australian home.
B.A, LL.B, LL.M
Shyla Vohra has over 20 years of experience in the migration and refugee sector. Formerly with the United Nations, Shyla has worked on migration issues in Australia, Europe and the Pacific. An Indian-born Australian, she is passionate about working toward successful settlement outcomes that benefit both Australian communities and migrants themselves.