Modelling Demographic and Economic Change in Small Rural Towns and Villages - An International Comparison

School of Business and Law
Dr Dean Carson
Professor Bruce Prideaux


The purpose of the research is to improve our understanding of the processes of demographic and economic change in small rural towns and villages.  The research is conducted in Australia, Sweden, Canada, Austria, Iceland and potentially other 'high income' countries, and involves qualitative and quantitative data collation and analysis.  The research tasks are varied, and ultimately contribute to developing an agent based model which simulates how factors such as changes in technology, extreme weather events, government policy, and even pandemics might impact on who lives in, works in and visits rural towns and villages.  Applicants should be passionate about social and economic life in rural areas, but can come from a range of disciplines.  We have linked research in health, economics, tourism, demography and education.  Applicants will develop an understanding of 'rural research' methodologies and the value of comparative research.

Medical and Health Sciences| Economics| Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services| Studies in Human Society
Demography, Rural studies, Agent based modelling
From July 2020
By Negotiation


Swedish Research Council (Formas), Umeå University (Sweden)
Direct Project Support and Conference Travel Support

Other special notes

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For masters by research candidates:

  • up to $4,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $3,000 for Candidate Travel Support

For doctoral candidates:

  • up to $6,000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $4,500 for Conference Travel Support

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