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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:


 Rolf Gerritsen

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Professor Rolf Gerritsen 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. 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.

Immediate Past President


 Robyn Eversole


Professor Robyn Eversole is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology.

Robyn is author of Knowledge Partnering for Community Development (2015) and Regional Development in Australia (2016), both published by Routledge. An anthropologist who studies regional and local development, Robyn is involved in practical development work in Australia, Asia, and Latin America. She is a leader in the Sustainable Regions Applied Research Network (SRARN) that links Regional Research Centres in Australia, Chile and Argentina, and a Board member of the Council on Australia–Latin America Relations. 

Vice President Australia

 Delwar Akbar

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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.

Delwar specialises 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.

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.


 Vince Mangioni


Associate Professor Vince Mangioni is Associate Professor in Property Economics and Development in the School of Built Environment UTS.

Vince's research focuses on land and property taxation, including local government revenue, rating and finance. He is an associate researcher at the Institute for  Public Policy and Governance where he participated in the ‘Destination 2036’ review of local government in NSW. He has authored a number of books, among the most recent is Land Tax in Australia: Fiscal Reform of Subnational Government


 Greg Jones

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Dr Greg Jones is a Lecturer in Accounting in the School of Commerce of the University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba campus).

Greg recently completed his PhD examining investment in CDOs by local government in NSW. His main research interests are local government, policy-making, financial reporting, asset management and auditing.                 

Public Officer

 Tony Sorensen


Professor Tony Sorensen is Adjunct Professor in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of New England.

Tony has been involved in regional science over a very long career and is widely respected for his contributions to the discipline. As a futurist, he is interested in strategies to facilitate regional adaptation to as yet unknown business opportunities in a fast moving and globalised world of commerce and technology. Another research strand focuses on urban planning theory and the economics of Australia's residential property markets.

Council Member

 Khorshed Alam


Associate Professor Khorshed Alam is Associate Professor in Economics in the School of Commerce of the University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba campus).

Khorshed's research interests are applied economic and policy analysis, health economics, agricultural, environmental and resource economics, technology adoption, digital economy and productivity, and regional economic development. He has undertaken a number of funded research projects, including 'Advancing women in rural enterprises (WiRE) through entrepreneurship', Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government, 2017-18.

Council Member

 Bligh Grant


Bligh Grant is Associate Professor at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government.

Bligh's research brings expertise in politics, political economy and applied ethics to public policy. local government. He is co-author of three recent books on local government: Local Government in Australia: History, Theory and Public Policy (2017), with Joseph Drew, and Funding the Future (2013) and Councils in Cooperation (2012) with Brian Dollery and Michael Kortt.   

Council Member 

 Mike Hefferan

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Professor Mike Hefferan has recently retired as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and the Professor of Property and Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.  He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. 

Mike 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.

Council Member

 Tony O'Malley

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Tony O'Malley is 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. 


Council Member

 Lee Pugalis


Professor Lee Pugalis is Professor in the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology Sydney.

Lee is an international urban scholar, whose research traverses local and regional economic development, urban regeneration and strategic planning. His particular interests are metropolitan governance and urban entrepreneurship. He is an editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science and Local Economy, and a member of 15 international editorial boards. He is also an ambassador for the development of early career researchers through his roles as a World Social Science Fellow and a member of the Global Young Academy.

Council Member

 Yogi Vidyattama


Dr Yogi Vidyattama is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) in the nstitute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra.

Yogi has been with NATSEM since 2008 after having previously spent three years as a research assistant and tutor at the Research School of Pacific and Asia Studies and Crawford School, ANU (2005-2008) and five years at the Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Indonesia (1999-2004). His main research interests are spatial impact of government policy; housing affordability; spatial distribution of inequality and disadvantage; and analysis of wealth and superannuation.

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.

Bruce 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

 Megan Woods

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Dr Megan Woods is Senior Lecturer in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania.

Megan's doctoral research explored the adaptive learning processes that underpinned successful collaboration in a long-running alliance network. Her postdoctoral research has examined the adaptive learning processes of individuals, organisations and inter-organisational networks. Megan has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tennessee (USA) and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark).

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.