Regional Development Links With Usa

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Regional development links with USA


Dr Paul Collits, Research Fellow with the Regional Development Program at RMIT

University Hamilton, has been awarded two separate research grants.


The first, an $8,000 grant from the RMIT Emerging Researcher Grant Scheme, was

awarded to Dr Collits for a research project titled “The Heartland Project”.


This project aims to establish a network of Australian and American rural/regional

development researchers to investigate the key drivers of rural community survival

and decline in “heartland” regions in the two countries.


The grant will enable Dr Collits to investigate demographic changes in the Southern

Grampians Shire – what motivates people to move into or out of the area. This

project will start in early 2009.


It also allowed Dr Collits to undertake a three-week study tour of Nebraska, Missouri

and Kansas in the USA, where similar studies on population movements and rural

development have been undertaken.

 

The second research grant of $10,000 is linked to the Heartland Project and was

awarded to Dr Collits by The United States Studies Centre at the University of

Sydney. 


The Centre works with the Lowy Institute, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

and other leading Australian and US institutions to generate new ideas and dialogue

on major policy issues in the United States and Australia.


Dr Collits was awarded one of 10 grants, selected from nearly 90 applications from

universities across Australia – some with international collaborators. 


This grant will provide for a rural development conference to be held in Hamilton in

2009, which will feature a number of North American rural development experts as

well as regional leaders, Australian researchers, policy makers and regional

development practitioners.


Themes at the conference will include rural entrepreneurship, regional innovation,

youth retention strategies and population attraction to rural areas.


RMIT University Hamilton will host a visit from the US by a Minnesota rural

development practitioner in March as part of the Heartland Project.


For interviews or comment: Dr Paul Collits, (03) 5572 0537.

 

For general media enquiries at RMIT University Hamilton: Dinah Hallam,

Communications Project Officer, (03) 5572 0505. A picture of Dr Collits is

available on request.

12 December, 2008   

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