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The Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc (ANZRSAI Inc) is part of an international association concerned with all the aspects of regional analysis and development. 

ANZRSAI is managed by an Executive Council, consisting of academics and practitioners from around Australia and New Zealand. The current Council members are:


Robyn Eversole


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Dr Robyn Eversole is the Director of the Institute for Regional Development (IRD) at the University of Tasmania, Australia.  She is an anthropologist of development who has worked extensively with local communities and organisations in Australia and Latin America on a wide range of development issues over the past eighteen years.  She is author of over 50 scholarly and practice-focused articles on community and regional development issues, & three edited collections. She can be contacted at:

Immediate Past President


Paul Collits


Paul Collits is an Adjunct Professor at School of Business, University of the Sunshine Coast and Economic Development Advisor at Napier City Council in New Zealand. Paul has worked in regional economic development research, policy and practice for over 20 years, in government, parliament, consultancy and universities. His interests are in regional policy, innovation, entrepreneurship, regional growth and decline, rural regions, politics of regional developmentand regionalism.  He has been a member of ANZRSAI since 1993. His email address is: 

Vice President Australia

Rolf Gerritsen

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Professor Rolf Gerritsen has a doctorate from the Australian National University. He is currently a Professorial Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University. Rolf has taught at various universities, the longest period being a decade at ANU in the Graduate Program in Public Policy. He has also worked as Director of the Australian Centre for Regional and Local Government Studies, as a Ministerial staffer and ran his own research consultancy for a number of years. Before returning to academia, between 2002 and 2006 he was Director Social/Economic Policy in the Chief Minister’s Department in Darwin. Rolf’s principal research interest is regional and northern development, with a focus on disadvantaged, remote and Indigenous areas. His secondary research area is government policy and service delivery. He is currently concentrating upon Indigenous peoples’ role in natural resource management and services.

Vice President New Zealand

James Rowe

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James E. Rowe is the Economic Development Manager for the Napier City Council and has previously worked in Australia, Thailand, Kiribati and the USA.   Dr. Rowe holds a Ph.D. in planning from the University of Auckland and master degrees from the University of Tennessee and the College of New Jersey. He is the book and policy review editor for Regional Science Policy and Practice.  His most recent book, Understanding the Practice ofLocal Economic Development: An Alternative Theoretical Framework was published November 2014. He has published three other books, a book chapter and over 40 articles plus numerous book reviews in leading professional journals such as Town Planning Review, Applied Geography, Regional Science Policy and Practice, The Australian Planner, Local Economy, Urban Policy and Research, Applied Research in Economic Development, Landscape Planning, Industrial Development, Economic Geography, and Growth & Change.


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Dr. Delwar Akbar is currently working as a Senior PD Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Business and Law CQUniversity Australia specializing in property economics, urban and regional development. Before joining CQU, he worked as a Research Officer with the University of Queensland and also as a Senior Consultant in SGS Economics and Planning. He served as a lecturer at Bangladesh Open University. Delwar has been involved with about 60 research and consultancy projects and has published about 100 research papers. His works on regional development, housing economics, health and liveability modelling and environmental impacts assessment are widely appreciated. You can contact Delwar at


Greg Jones

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Greg has recently completed his PhD examining investment in CDOs by local government in NSW. He commenced as a lecturuer in Accounting at University of Southern Queensland in June 2014. His main research interests are local government, policy-making, financial reporting, asset management and auditing                 

Public Officer

Tony Sorensen


Tony Sorensen was awarded Life Membership of ANZRSAI at its 2015 conference. He has been involved in regional science over a very long career and is widely respected for his contributions to the discipline. 

Council Member

Tony O’Malley

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Currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at University of South Australia, where he obtained a B Tech (Civil), Tony’s interest in regions began during his MBA and PhD (Economics) studies at University of Alberta, and continued through a career as a management and economics consultant. He is a former Treasurer of ANZRSAI and was until the end of 2014, ANZRSAI Council’s representative in South Australia. Now resident in Melbourne, his research interest is in the role of transaction services as a determinant of regional disparities in income. You can contact Tony on 0407351035.

Council Member

Lee Pugalis


Professor Lee Pugalis was elected to the Council at the 2015 AGM. He is Professor at UTS in Sydney.

Council Member

Bligh Grant

Bligh Grant was elected to the Council at the 2015 AGM. He is based at UTS in Sydney.

Council Member

Yogi Vidyattama

Yogi is a Senior Research Fellow at NATSEM. His  main researchinterests are spatial impact of government policy; housing affordability; spatial distribution of inequality and disadvantage; and analysis of wealth and superannuation.

Council Member

John Martin

Professor John Martin has recently retired from his most recent academic position at La Trobe University in Melbourne.  

Council Member

Bruce Wilson

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Professor Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre at RMIT University, and Australian coordinator for the PASCAL International Observatory. He has had long experience in working with all levels of government on organisational and social change, and is committed to linking researchers and policy makers with city and regional governments in policy formation related to social and economic policy, innovation, lifelong learning and environment

 Council Member

 Mike Hefferan

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Professor Mike Hefferan is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and the Professor of Property and Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
His current role involves providing a primary link between the University, its key stakeholders and the Sunshine Coast and wider community in achieving the teaching and learning and research priorities at USC.  He also heads the University’s research and teaching/learning initiative in the property and development disciplines.
Mike has a PhD, Masters of Applied Science and postgraduate Management qualifications.  He is a Registered Urban and Rural Valuer, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Urban Development Institute of Australia, Australian Property Institute (API) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  He was the long-time chair of the National Education Board and past president of the Queensland Division of the API. 

The Editors of Australasian Journal of Regional Studies are Mike Hefferan and Bruce Wilson. At least one representative participates in Council meetings, as does Robert Stimson, as RSAI representative. The Association and Council are supported by our Executive Officer, Paul Dalziel. Paul is Professor of Economics at Lincoln University and Deputy Director of its Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit. He can be contacted by email at   

ANZRSAI is also honoured to have five Life Members: Alex Kerr, Kevin O'Connor, Roy Powell, Robert Stimson and Tony Sorensen.