Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

The Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) delivers innovative research solutions to regional and rural communities by collaborating with industry, government, community and not-for-profit sectors. We also contribute to the design of smarter technologies to enhance regional and rural productivity.

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Geelong Economic Futures

Deakin’s “Geelong Economic Futures” project is a joint initiative between G21, Geelong Council and Deakin University.

The “Geelong Futures” report encourages our community to take the initiative in driving economic growth in our region. It highlights a number of major economic development opportunities of interest to investors, including a nationally significant new freight precinct at Avalon, and large scale, high value agriculture secured through a long-term commitment to supply recycled water.

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Our vision

To be the leader in innovative research solutions for sustainable regional and rural development.

CERRF is unique in the Australian context as it has the capability and capacity to address regional and rural productivity problems with teams from engineering, science, business, economics and the humanities. The Centre will focus on bridging the gaps between regional enterprises, governments and academia. With significant investment in cutting edge facilities and fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, CeRRF will be positioned as the premier centre for regional research and produce the best innovations that will positively impact rural communities here and around the world.


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We are multidisciplinary and have the flexibility to look at problems from different angles, to achieve the desired industry solutions. These factors make CeRRF unique in the regional and rural research space.

DR DAVID HALLIWELL

CERRF Director

Our mission

To drive employment and wealth-generating economic activities in regional and rural communities. We’ll do this through cutting edge research and the facilitation and translation of knowledge and expertise.

Our impact

Productivity benefits

  • Rapid measurement devices to enable real-time decision making.

Efficiency benefits

  • Efficient agriculture delivery systems to reduce on-farm costs.

Knowledge that underpins decision making

  • State-of-the-art climate modelling to inform business risk across agricultural commodities.

Our research

Our research encompasses everything from designing smarter agricultural technologies to developing regional competitiveness. We focus on understanding customer's needs, in order to ensure our research remains relevant and produces high-value outcomes.

Our research programs are delivered across five themes:

  • Regional competitiveness
  • Better products and services
  • Enabling technologies
  • Sustainable environment
  • Water use

Learn more about our research programs

Our team

Led by Dr David Halliwell, the CeRRF team works across agricultural systems, science, strategy and economics. Discover the breadth and depth of our expertise and their notable research achievements.

Meet the CeRRF team

Our partners

Partnering with CeRRF is an opportunity to connect with staff and graduates at the forefront of their fields of expertise. Learn about our diverse network of partners and stakeholders here in Australia and abroad.

Read more about our partners

Our students

Our PhD students are leaders in their fields of expertise. They help us deliver innovative, relevant and creative solutions to a wide-range of agricultural productivity and trade-related ventures. Meet our current students and learn about their research projects.

Read more about CeRRF's students

Join our research team

To become a CeRRF research student you need to have a clear vision of what you want to investigate. This could be irrigation, drought-resistant seeds or improving agricultural water use.

In just a few steps you could be finding new and better ways to adapt farming techniques to cope with climate change and increasing populations.

Find out how to become a research degree student

Contact us

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF)
General enquiries
+61 3 5247 9265

Deakin University
75 Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds VIC 3216