Australasian Journal of Regional Studies (AJRS)

The Australasian Journal of Regional Studies is published by the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc. (ANZRSAI), which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of efficient and effective regional development policies through research, education and the discussion of ideas. Its interests cover a wide range of Australian and international regional issues with a major focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Its goal is to provide a platform for a multi-disciplinary approach to regional analysis. Submissions which fall within this general framework of regional analysis, policy, practice and development are welcome.

The journal includes research notes and reviews of books, is a refereed journal published three times yearly.

This website contains all issues of the journal from 2001 onwards, with the latest issue being available to members and subscribers only.

For reference, you can also review the Econlit subject descriptions from

Submissions are welcomed at any time and can be forwarded by email to our Editors at Full details can be found in the Guide for Contributors.

This journal adheres to and supports the ethical standards in the scholarly publishing community consistent with the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) which can be accessed on their website.

Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI

From September 2011 , the Council of ANZRSAI decided to upgrade the Newsletter to include articles on regional practice and policy, and to apply for an ISSN registration for the title Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI

It is the intent to publish articles, reviews, case studies and comment relevant to regional practice and policy. This includes material which would previously have been published in Sustaining Regions in the upgraded newsletter. However, it will also provide an outlet for wide discussion of the social, environmental and economic conditions affecting any or all bounded localities, remote, rural or urban, and to provide an input to debate on effective practice, policy and research.

Archived issues of Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI, ISSN 1839-5988, will be stored on this page . As for the previous Newsletter, the current issue of Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI will be available to all on the home page. An archive of the previous Newsletter will continue to be stored on separate page of this website, also available from this page.

The current issue Volume 8 Issue 1 was published in March 2018.

Previous issues

Volume 7 Issue 3

Volume 7 Issue 2

Volume 7 Issue 1

Volume 6 Issue 3

Volume 6 Issue 2

Volume 6 Issue 1 

Volume 5 Issue 3 

Volume 5 Issue 2

Volume 5 Issue 1

Volume 4 Issue 2 

Volume 4, Issue 1

Volume 3, Issue 3

Volume 3 Issue 2

Volume 3, Issue 1

Volume 2, Issue 3

Volume 2, Issue 2

Volume 2, Issue 1

Volume 1, Issue 1

Authors should be aware that authors of articles published in a newsletter are not protected by copyright, and therefore material published in Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI will be in the public domain.

We welcome and encourage articles, reviews, comments and points of interest about regions. Please forward these to the Editor, Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI by email to

Sustaining Regions

The title Sustaining Regions has a proud history in Australian regional practice. ANZRSAI launched the publication in 2001 under a contract with the then Australian Government's Research and Development Programmes for Rural and Regional Australia. Since Volume 5, Issue 3 in 2006, Sustaining Regions has not attracted sufficient articles to publish three issues per year. There have been two issues only: Volume 6, Issue 1 (2007) and Volume 7, Issue 1 (2009).

Changes in the funding of research institutions have removed the incentives for researchers to contribute articles to journals which are not refereed. At the same time there have been changes in regional practice in Australia with the emergence of EDA (Economic Development Australia), SEGRA (Sustainable Economic Growth in Regional Australia), and the Australian Government Department for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

The Council of ANZRSAI has decided to place articles and reviews which would previously have been published in Sustaining Regions within a renamed publication Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI. In this way we can provide a continuing outlet for wide discussion of the social, environmental and economic conditions in the bounded localities in which all people live, and provide an input to debate, policy and research on regions.

It has been necessary to establish a new ISSN. Accordingly Volume 7, Issue 1 (2009) was the last issue of Sustaining Regions. ISSN 1446-2974

Archive issues of Sustaining Regions will continue to be available from this page.


ANZRSAI has for many years published a regular newsletter which outlines contemporary activities and issues affecting regions. This publication has not had an ISSN registration number.

From the September 2011 edition, the Council of ANZRSAI has decided to upgrade the Newsletter to include articles on regional practice and policy, and to apply for an ISSN registration for the title Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI.

We welcome and encourage articles of interest to our membership from members or organistions and these can be forwarded to the Newsletter Editor via email to

Please click on the links on the right to download archive issues of the newsletter.

For issues prior to 2007 please see the Newsletter Archives page.

AJRS Editorial Team

Editorial team

The Australasian Journal of Regional Studies is co-edited by two distinguished members of the Association.

The editors are:

Professor Mike Hefferan

Mike Hefferan

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 is also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
Mike was previously the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane – a cross-faculty organisation of almost 200 researchers with particular interests in resource management, sustainable built environments and social dimensions of change.
For more than 15 years previously, he was an Executive Director within the State Government with industry development, property development and asset management responsibilities.  He had a major role in Queensland’s Smart State program, particularly related to regional development and research initiatives and funding.
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. 

Professor 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 

Editorial Board

The journal also has an international Editorial Board, including scholars of high repute in the fields within the scope of the journal. The members of the Editorial Board are:

Andrew Beer; University of South Australia; Adelaide, Australia
John Madden, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Kevin O'Connor, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Terry Clower, George Mason University, Arlington VA, USA
Geoff Hewings, University of Illinois, Urbana USA
Jacques Poot, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Scott Baum, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Gordon Mulligan, University of Arisona, Tucson, USA
Jan Oosterhaven, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

AJRS Guide for Contributors

The Australasian Journal of Regional Studies (AJRS) is a refereed journal published by the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc. This non-profit organisation is dedicated to improving our understanding of regional economic and social conditions and development processes in both the Australasian region and the world at large through research and the discussion of ideas. We welcome contributed articles falling within the broad disciplinary scope of economics, geography, urban and regional planning, demography, environmental resource management, and related public policy.

Articles may be theoretical, philosophical, or empirical in spirit. For example, AJRS regularly publishes (a) cutting edge theoretical and empirical articles on the processes shaping regional economies; (b) analyses of current and emerging regional economic and social conditions often employing innovative data sets and statistical techniques; (c) analyses of short to medium term prognoses for regional development resulting from globalisation, changing macro- and micro-economic settings, or emergent technologies – among other things, and (d) penetrating conceptual, philosophical or ideological articles on the capacities of various tiers of government or communities to develop strategies to remedy or ameliorate regional problems identified through (a) to (c).

Manuscripts should be sent electronically to The Editors at 

Articles of up to about 6,000 words and length should be single spaced.  They should also follow the formatting guidelines found below.

(1)           A cover page with the title of the paper; authors’ names, postal and email addresses; and organisational affiliation. If there is more than one author, please specify the corresponding author to whom acknowledgement, queries or reports should be sent. Referees will not receive this page.

(2)           Page two must be headed by the article’s title and an abstract of between 100-150 words. The latter will be self-contained and not use undefined abbreviations or references. After the abstract, please provide (i) not more than 5 key words, and (ii) any acknowledgements of, for example, research grants on which the article depends. Authors’ names should not appear (the refereeing process is double-blind). The article’s text immediately follows these preliminaries.

(3)           Tables and figures must be supplied on separate sheets and not be integrated into the main text. They can be attached to the end of the text or submitted as a separate document. All tables and figures should be mentioned in the text and numbered using Arabic numerals. Captions and legends should be grouped together in a list. Figures and line drawings should be of a quality suitable for printing and will not normally be redrawn by the publisher. Since the journal is published electronically, we can, however, accept colour figures. Please make sure that sources are given for tables and figures.

(4)           Footnotes should be avoided if possible.

(5)           Textual references should give the author’s name, with year of publication in parentheses. Multiple publications by the same author in the same year should have (a), (b), etc. Appended

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        1.  INTRODUCTION

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        Input-Output Analysis

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 Titles: 11 pt Times font, Table and table number (or Figure number) followed by a full-stop bolded (Table 1.); name of Table (or Figure) follows after one space, NOT bolded, key words start with capital letter; line spaces before title and after table or figure. 

Authors should indicate sources of Tables, Diagrams and Maps; for self-created items use: Source: the Author (or Authors) as appropriate.

 Tables, Diagrams and Maps should be of good quality for immediate reproduction. Items may be in colour since the Journal is published on-line.

 References (heading)  REFERENCES  11 pt Times, Block Capitals, bolded, use alphabetical order.
 Individual References  11 pt Times, NOT bolded, see specific examples below for different classes of publication
Journal Article   Baker, R. G. V. (1994) On travel behaviour relative general place utility field. Environment and Planning A, 26, pp. 1455-1474.
 Journal Article with Additional DOI Information Hořava, P. (2009) Quantum gravity at a Lifshitz point. Physical Review D, 79(8), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.79.084008.
 Book  Becker, G. S. (1976) The Economic Approach to Human Behavior, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
 Chapter in a Book  Arthur, B., Durlauf, S. and Lane, D. A. (1997) Introduction: Process and emergence in the economy. In B. Arthur, S. Durlauf and D. A. Lane (Eds) The Economy as an Evolving Complex System II, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass.
 Conference Proceedings  Juniper, J. (2008) A critique of Dopfer and Potts‟ evolutionary realism. Proceedings of the 32nd ANZRSAI Conference, Adelaide, pp. 149-165.
 Web Materials  Horn, R. E. and Weber, R. P. (2007) New tools for resolving wicked problems: Mess mapping and resolution mapping processes. Strategy Kinetics L.L.C. Online version accessed 25 October 2010,
 Translation of a Classic Work  Plato (1965) Timaeus (translated with an introduction by H. D. P. Lee). Penguin, Harmondsworth.
Original Edition of a Classic Work   Kondratieff, N. (1924) On the Notion of Economic Statics, Dynamics and Fluctuations, published originally in the Soviet Union in Russian.


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