Research Fellows

The Regional Australia Institute’s Fellows are recognised experts in regional development and provide input on the direction of research. Our Fellows come from a range of community, government, industry and academic professions.

Professor John Tomaney – Inaugural Fellow

Inaugural Research Fellow Professor John Tomaney helps governments and agencies in Europe and China understand questions about regional development. John, who is also a who is also a Professor at University College London, brings vital experience in building relationships between academic research and policy making.

Professor Andrew Beer

Andrew Beer is Dean, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia Business School. His research interests include the operation and functioning of Australia’s housing markets, the drivers of regional growth, economic change in major cities and the impacts of an ageing population.

Professor A.J. Brown

Professor A.J. Brown brings significant expertise in federalism, regionalism and the development of public institutions in Australia. His expertise is shaped by extensive experience in public administration, having served or consulted in all branches and levels of government.

Associate Professor Ngiare Brown

Associate Professor Ngiare Brown is one of the first Aboriginal medical graduates in Australia. Since graduating from the University of Newcastle in 1992, she has been a leading advocate for Indigenous health and social justice. During her career Ngiare has held a variety of positions and undertaken work in education, mentoring, clinical practice and advocacy. She played a key role in the establishment of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and has held a number of Ministerial appointments.

Professor Chris Cocklin

Professor Chris Cocklin has been involved in research, consulting and policy advice on rural regions for more than 20 years. During his tenure as the founding Director of the Regional Research Unit at the University of Auckland, he examined the impact of one of the most progressive economic and governance reform agendas and a shift from national and regional governance.

Professor John Martin

Professor John Martin is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari in Sardinia in 2015, and has an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant to undertake research focused on local government and housing in Australia for the 21st Century. His training in ecology and natural resource management, sociology and a PhD in public policy provides a multidisciplinary view on sustainable development.

Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie

Professor Fiona Haslam Mckenzie has extensive experience in population and socio-economic change, housing and regional economic development. She is currently investigating the socio-economic impact of different workforce arrangements for the mining industry, including long-distance commuting, residential and automated mine sites.

Adjunct Professor Tony Sorensen

Adjunct Professor Tony Sorensen has wide and detailed knowledge of the economic processes that drive rural and regional development. Tony has spent decades examining the limitations of public policy not just within Australia, but across the development world. Place as a crucial determinant of people’s economic and social wellbeing is also a major research theme.

Past Fellows

Professor Graeme Hugo

(1946 – 2015) 

Graeme Hugo was the University of Adelaide’s Professor of Geography, Environment and Population, and Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre. He is the author of over 300 publications spanning population issues in Australia and South-East Asia, with a particular focus on migration.