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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:

President

Yogi Vidyattama

 Vidyattama

 Dr Yogi Vidyattama is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra.

Yogi has been with University of Canberra starting with National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) in 2008 before joining School of Politics Economics and Society (SchoPES) in 2023. Previously, he 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.

Immediate Past President

 Delwar Akbar

 Delwar

 Professor Delwar Akbar is a regional economists and a research leader in supply and value chain area. He has been working with rural and regional industries and businesses to improve their productivity and sustainability. His research during the last decade has focused predominantly on rural and regional economics, value chain analysis, property and health economics, economic impact assessment and regional development. Along with other researchers, he has received significant levels of funding support (about 7.5 million dollar) have been received through the Category 1-4 grants. He has integrated economic models with supply chain, services and planning models. Recently, he has been developing and testing collaborative business models that could boaster rural economic dynamics and international trade. Over his academic career, he has been involved with more than 60 research and consultancy projects, and published over 140 refereed papers and project reports.

Vice President Australia

 Karen Cain

 Karen Cain

 Karen Cain is the Director of Transition & Recovery Australia an organisation that contributes to research on contemporary regional development and transition at a national level. She is also a fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program and currently chairs an eminent panel for engagement on immediate forestry protection of important forestry sites across Victoria. Previously, she has held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at the Latrobe Valley Authority and then the Director Community Transition Forestry with the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions, Victoria. She was awarded the Institute for Public Administration Australia Victorian Top 50 Public Sector Women Award in 2018 and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2023 in recognition of her contribution to transition in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria.

Vice President New Zealand

Michael Cameron

 Michael Cameron

 Michael Cameron is a Professor in Economics and Research Fellow in Te Ngira – Institute for Population Research at the University of Waikato. His current research interests include population, health and development issues (including the social impacts of alcohol outlet density, the measurement of population ageing, migration, health applications of non-market valuation and discrete choice modelling, and cost-effectiveness analysis of public health interventions), population modelling and stochastic modelling, financial literacy and economics education.

Secretary

 Azizur Rahman

Azizur Rahman 

 Dr Azizur Rahman is an Associate Professor in Applied Statistics and the leader of Statistics and Data Mining Research Group at the Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Azizur’s doctoral research was supervised by Prof Ann Harding (National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, NATSEM) to develop alternative methods in microsimulation modelling technologies. These are very useful tools for socioeconomic policy analysis and evaluation. His book published in 2016 has contributed significantly to the field of small area estimation and microsimulation modelling. His research interests encompass issues in simple to multi-facet analyses in various fields ranging from the statistical sciences to the regional and environmental studies. He obtained the School of Computing and Mathematics Research Excellence Award 2018 at CSU.

Treasurer

 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

 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

Rolf Gerritsen

 Gerritsen

 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.

Council Member

 Kim Houghton

Kim Houghton 

 Dr Kim Houghton is the Chief Economist at Regional Australia Institute.

Kim oversees the research, education and policy portfolios to ensure the Institute’s work has practical application and supports a better policy environment and more vibrant regional economies. Kim played a leading role in recent research on housing, population mobility in regional Australia, analysis of regional labour markets, and the impact of COVID-19 on regional economies.

Council Member

Paul McPhee

 Paul McPhee

 Dr Paul McPhee is currently a Lecturer in Economics at Federation University. He has a PhD from the University of Wollongong.

Paul's professional experience includes: developing and analysing economic indicators, survey design and analysis within the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS); policy advice and economic analysis within the Federal treasury; serving on Federal Government Economic Forecasting Committees;, and various teaching and research positions at the universities of Queensland and Wollongong. Prior appointments include modelling various demand and supply induced policy simulations which facilitate the networking and information sharing of regional small to medium sized firms and exporters within New South Wales. 

Council Member

Deanna Hutchinson

 Deanna Hutchinson

 To Be Updated

Council Member

TBA

 

The Editors of Australasian Journal of Regional Studies is Michael Cameron, assisted by Rolf Gerritsen, and Azizur Rahman 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@anzrsai.org.   

ANZRSAI is also honoured to have eight Life Members: Jacques Poot, Rolf Gerritsen, Alex Kerr, Kevin O'Connor, Roy Powell, Robert Stimson, Tony Sorensen and Paul Dalziel.