Sustainable regional development

With globalisation, population growth and climate change affecting economies around the world, sustainable regional development is critical. Attain the skills to research, identify and apply integrated strategies and policies to affect development and change.

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF): delivering innovative research solutions

Combine coursework and industry projects: throughout your studies

Career opportunities

Housing prices are rising, traffic congestion is wearing us down and the liveability we value so highly in our cities is at risk of diminishing if we don’t spread out. Ready to take on these challenges? 

Demand has risen sharply for professionals with the ability to undertake regional socio-economic and environmental planning. As a graduate, you can find employment in:

  • statutory planning
  • environmental management
  • policy development
  • policy development
  • socio-economic and environmental planning
  • demographic analysis.

Potential employers include:

  • departments and agencies – with a focus on regional/rural areas, economic development, natural resources including agriculture and forestry, the environment or policy development
  • statutory authorities such as regional and catchment management authorities and water boards
  • government – including local, state, regional and national government
  • consultancy – with a focus on planning, engineering, architecture, economic and environmental science.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

By taking on various projects and areas of study in our course, it allows students to select the types of organisations that appeal to them and match their career paths.

Trevor Thornton

Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Flexible study options

Students undertaking a Master of Science (Research) can complete their second year from anywhere. For international students, this could mean returning to their home country to focus their thesis on a local project.

Research with us

If you’re interested in pursuing research in sustainable regional development, Deakin’s Master of Science (Research) provides a unique combination of coursework and research. It's also an ideal pathway to a doctoral degree, even from undergraduate studies.

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Recent Deakin research

Expert systems modelling for assessing climate change impacts and adaptation in agricultural systems at regional level

Australian agriculture is very susceptible to the adverse impacts of climate change, with major shifts in temperature and rainfall projected. Victor Sposito and Robert Faggian et al. describe a research methodology for assessing potential climate change impacts on, and formulating adaptation options for, agriculture at regional level.

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

Deakin’s Centre for Regional and Rural Futures fosters collaboration between regional enterprise, government and academia. It provides innovative solutions that address the core themes of food security, smart agriculture, sustainable industrial biotechnology and developing regional competitiveness.

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