PROFESSOR DEAN CARSON
Prof Dean Carson is a human geographer with an interest in who lives in, works in and visits rural and remote areas. His research attempts to understand how and why geographic patterns emerge and change. Dean has spent the past six years sharing his time between northern Sweden and South Australia, leading international comparative studies focused mainly on very small towns and villages in 'northern' peripheries of high income countries.
Prior to that, Dean headed the Demographic Research Program with Charles Darwin University and Northern Territory Treasury. Dean has a long association with CQUniversity, having studied and worked at the Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education and other incarnations. Dean has recently returned to CQUniversity (whilst currently based in Sweden).
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LINDA COLLEY
A/Prof Linda Colley is the Work and Employment Research Group leader. Linda’s research areas of interest include decent work, gender equality and worker health and wellbeing. Much of her research has focused within the public sector, including a current project on working from home during the pandemic. Her research often has a regional economies focus, including projects and RHD student supervision on Regional Human Resource innovation and women on regional boards.
DR JEREMY DE VALCK
Dr Jeremy De Valck is a transdisciplinary environmental economist, with strong research interests in natural resource management and geographic information systems. He applies non-market valuation techniques (e.g. choice modelling) to the study of environmental assets, ecosystem services and biodiversity. Since joining CQUniversity in 2016, Dr De Valck has led or been involved in over $1.2M in research projects related to the assessment of socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts in the Great Barrier Reef region. His current research relates to the application of revealed and stated preference techniques to value the environment. Dr De Valck also conducts research in the fields of agricultural economics and food supply chain in relation with on-going projects for RECoE (Rural Economies Centre of Excellence) and the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science.
PROFESSOR SUSAN KINNEAR
Professor Susan Kinnear has a research background in regional development, with expertise in regional policy, regional business and innovation, collaborative platforms and (environmental) sustainability issues. She has also led or supported various research projects dealing with climate change, agricultural supply chains and Indigenous issues. Susan has successfully secured and managed contract research projects for clients across industry as well as local, state and federal government, and supervises masters and doctoral-level students across a range of discipline areas.
Professor Kinnear's current research focus areas include: Regional Growth, Development and Planning; Stakeholder relationships; and Research Training.
DR EN LI
Dr En Li is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at CQUniversity School of Business and Law. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2011. He has been honoured with Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime membership, as well as the World Business Institute fellowship, and has received multiple best/excellent paper awards. He was also a Top 15 Unijobs Lecturer of the Year in Australia in 2013.
Dr Li's research interests include: gambling and addictive behaviours; marketing and advertising; affect and emotion; attention and perception; ethnicity and culture; and tourism and hospitality.
DR ANJA PABEL
Dr Anja Pabel has a PhD in tourism from James Cook University, Australia. Currently, she is a lecturer in tourism at the School of Business and Law, CQUniversity, Australia. Her research interests include tourist behaviour, marine tourism, tourism sustainability and humour research. Anja has published 22 journal articles, 12 book chapters, 9 papers in refereed conference proceedings and is the co-author on 2 books.
DR AZAD RAHMAN
Dr Azad Rahman is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Business and Law, CQUniversity. His research is focused on supply and value chain analysis, rural and regional economics, and regional development. In the past, Dr Rahman has engaged in various research projects including optimization, forecasting, cost estimation and sustainable energy. Currently, he is working on a CRC funded project on economic models for agriculture supply chains with a focus on developing and testing collaborative business models for the horticulture industry in regional Australia. Over his academic career, he has published over 25 refereed papers and project reports. Through his research, he has engaged industry partners and linked local, state and federal governments and relevant stakeholders through focus group workshops and panel discussions.
Megan Star is an Adjunct Research Fellow at CQUniversity. She is a resource economist who has worked collaboratively across agriculture and natural resource management for the past ten years. Through her previous role with the QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Megan has developed strong networks and understanding of agricultural production systems. Megan has been involved in a number of recent costing and prioritisation projects and is currently working on a Paddock to Reef Economics project with DAF. Research interests include investment prioritisation, project and program evaluation, bio-economic modelling, investment analysis, economic development and analysis of environmental and productivity trade-offs. She has worked extensively with a range of stakeholders and led a number of externally funded research projects. Recent research has focused on working in multidisciplinary teams to further understand achieving efficient natural resource management improvements from agricultural industries.
DR MICHELLE THOMPSON
Dr Michelle Thompson is a lecturer in tourism at Central Queensland University, Cairns, Australia. Her research interests focus on tourism in agricultural regions, specifically food and agri-tourism, regional tourism development and issues related to sustainable tourism in natural areas. Michelle’s research reflects her passion for regional tourism issues and applied research that provides industry and community outcomes. Current projects include working with industry partners on the Cairns Airport Visitor Survey to examine tourism trends in the Cairns region, and delivering workshops to develop tourism products and experiences from agricultural resources.
DR GALINA WILLIAMS
Dr Galina Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Economics (level C) in the School of Business and Law, CQUniversity, Brisbane. She is also a member of Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts, Australia.
Dr Williams has sound research expertise in various economics approaches and tools (economic impact assessment; non market valuation techniques: i.e. choice modelling, contingent valuation method, qualitative and quantitative surveys; experimental economics; input output method). She also has extensive teaching experience in economics (i.e. Environmental Economics, Economics for Business, Property Economics, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics) and statistics.
Since 2005 Dr Williams has been involved in a number of research projects and consultancies with total funding value of $1.9 million. Funding bodies included the Queensland Research Council, Queensland Government, CSIRO, ACARP and Anglo Coal.