Institute for Regional Development

IRD Research

IRD’s research program in Regional Development explores the drivers of socio-economic change in local places and communities – in Tasmania and around the world.

We specialise in applied development research that responds to the real needs and challenges facing communities on the ground.

The IRD has expertise in participatory research and evaluation, community development, local economic development, local government, demographic analysis and regional policy and planning.

Our research program has three components:

  • Higher Degrees by Research in regional development

    The IRD currently hosts fourteen PhD projects and one Masters project in regional development. Learn more about our HDR research and how to undertake a Masters or PhD by research with the IRD.

  • Applied Research Partnerships

    The IRD regularly partners with other organisations to conduct applied research projects of regional development significance. Click here to learn about some of our current applied research partnerships, and how your organisation can partner with the IRD. Reports from selected past projects can be found on IRD publications.

  • Knowledge Partnering in Project Design and Evaluation

    The IRD's Knowledge Partnering methodology enables the university and external partners to work together to design and evaluate practical regional development projects. We often work with organisations in the early stages of grappling with a development issue, as well as at the beginning of new projects to design evaluation frameworks to capture outcomes and lessons learned.