Institute for Regional Development

Applied Research Partnerships

Regional Development Applied Research Partnerships are collaborative partnerships between the IRD and partners within and across sectors to address knowledge needs together. Typically Applied Research Partnerships are based around a specific project on a topic of mutual interest; most are completed in a time period of 6 - 18 months. The project proposal is developed together, and the outcomes are intended to directly inform policy and/or practice. Applied research partnerships may be externally funded or funded directly by partners; typically all partners make some degree of co-investment (cash and/or in kind of existing staff or resources).

Current and recent Applied Research Partnerships include:

  • Place-Based Workforce Planning - West Coast Communities
  • Retirement Living - Informing Evidence Based Policy
  • ManuFuturing Tasmania - Future Directions in Regional Manufacturing Innovation
  • The Role of Agriculture in Regional Development
  • Bloomin' Tulips Festival - Community Value Stage One
  • Learning for Life Evaluation Strategy
  • Social and Economic Profiling for Small Towns

If you are interested in discussing a potential Applied Research Partnership with the Institute for Regional Development, contact Associate Professor Robyn Eversole or Dr Clayton J Hawkins.