Sustainable regional development



With globalisation, population growth and climate change affecting rural and regional economics around the world, sustainable regional development is critical for both developed and developing countries. Study the research, identification and application of principles and approaches to formulating integrated strategies and policies for development and change.

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.

Sustainable regional development courses

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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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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
  • socio-economic and environmental planning
  • demographic analysis.

Potential employers include:

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

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