Institute for Regional Development

Associate Professor defines regional Australia in new publication

A University of Tasmania academic will share a unique insight into the challenges faced by regional communities across Australia when her new book is launched next month.  

Regional Development in Australia: Being Regional is the work of Associate Professor Robyn Eversole, the University's Institute for Regional Development director, based at the Cradle Coast campus.

In the book, Associate Professor Eversole draws upon her 15-year experience of living and working in regional Australia, and said she was inspired to put pen to paper to bridge a gap in how regional development is understood in Australia and overseas, and why regional policy solutions so often miss the mark.

"Taking an anthropological approach, my book examines themes relating to communities, industries, education and policy as they play out on the ground in regions and localities across Australia. My analysis unpacks common Australian regional development issues and proposes practical solutions," Associate Professor Eversole said.

There have already been several early reviews of Regional Development in Australia: Being Regional, stating the book is "elegantly written, and sheds new light on the social and economic processes shaping regional Australia."

Reviewers have also noted that Associate Professor Eversole has presented a "valuable and original analysis of the state of regional Australia, which goes beyond identifying problems to propose realistic solutions", while serving as an "essential brief for anyone seeking to make an impact in their region or in regional policy".

The official North-West launch of Regional Development in Australia: Being Regional will take place in Ulverstone's Civic Centre on Thursday, 9 June, as part of the two-day Cradle Coast Innovation IDEAS Festival.

The Institute for Regional Development is sponsoring the festival's guest speaker Emeritus Professor John Martin (La Trobe University), who will provide a keynote address on Wednesday, 8 June on The Legacy of Innovation: Governments, institutions and communities, before officially launching Associate Professor Eversole's new book.

The Northern launch of Regional Development in Australia: Being Regional will take place as part of the upcoming Regional Development Showcase on Friday, 10 June at the Academy Gallery, Inveresk.

"The Regional Development Showcase is an evening public event organised by the recently formed Regional Research Network to profile leading applied research on regional issues at the University of Tasmania," said Associate Professor Eversole.

The evening will run from 5pm – 6:30 with a number of brief showcase presentations, including a talk by Professor Martin titled 'Regional Development Research and Innovation.'

University staff and students can register for the IDEAS Festival at a 15% reduced cost by clicking here and entering "UTAS" during the payment process.

Those interested in attending the Regional Development Showcase should RSVP to Tania Fothergill Tania.Fothergill@utas.edu.au by Monday, 6 June.

Published on: 27 May 2016