Sustainable Futures Speakers

DR TASADDUQ IMAM, LECTURER, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LAW, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Driving factors for business growth in the least populated Queensland regions: an empirical assessment

Dr Tasadduq Imam is an academic staff at the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity. He has research track records in multi-disciplinary areas including data mining, international finance, corporate finance and health informatics. He is, further, an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of journals. Additionally, Dr Imam is the current Chair of the CPD Committee of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the SSA. He, further, is a co-champion of the Work-Integrated Learning Communities of Practice and a co-champion of the Education for Sustainability Communities of Practice at CQUniversity.

MR STEVEN BURGESS, PRINCIPAL, MR CAGNEY PTY LTD

PRESENTATION TITLE: Building Prosperous Regional CBD’s

Steven Burgess is one of Australia's leading contributors to the planning, design and development of liveable cities. Steven is an engineer and urban strategist working with urban form, mobility and vitality. Steven has worked on many village, town and city transformation projects in Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

Steven authored "Complete Streets - Guidelines to Urban Street Design", published in 2010, was an international reviewer for the NACTO/Bloomberg Global Street Design initiative (published 2016) and is currently preparing street design guidelines for the City of Auckland. Steven is a popular speaker throughout Australasia, North America and Middle East on better movement, better cities and better places.

MRS FLEUR ANDERSON, FOUNDER, RURAL BUSINESS COLLECTIVE

PRESENTATION TITLE: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of running a business in the Bush

Fleur Anderson is Managing FDirector of The Cahoots Group and Founder of the Rural Business Collective. The Rural Business Collective was recently a national finalist in the ING Dreamstarter Competition and successfully completed the crowdfunding round to launch this month. Fleur has a range of experience from Agriculture to Philanthropy all centred around rural communities. She believes there is a strong correlation between a community’s level of small business success and entrepreneurship and its ability to thrive in uncertain times.

DR ALAN RIPPOLL ALVES, VISITING SCHOLAR, UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

PRESENTATION TITLE: From Curitiba to the Sunshine Coast: improving human-centered public space networks

Alan Ripoll is a non-affiliated Brazilian researcher who is currently visiting the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Alan is a biologist and his masters, PhD and postdoc involved interdisciplinary topics such as Ecological Adapted Tourism (focused on elderly and disabled people), Wood Architecture and Polish Migration.

He works in partnership with some institutions in Brazil (UFPR, PUCPR, UnB and UP), Colombia (UAN), Germany (RUB), Mexico (UdG) and Uruguay (UdelaR) by means of research projects as well as an international group that discusses questions related to modern migration.

At SRC Alan is studying public open spaces in the context of accessibility and evaluation of the Aboriginal presence on the Sunshine Coast. His project is entitled as ‘The Polish immigrant and the Aboriginal Australian: two stories, two references to the future’. He strongly believes that it is impossible to separate the current reality from the elements involved in its formation in the past. Under this perspective, he is analysing the local dynamic based on Brazilian experience with Indigenous peoples, migration and social inclusion.

He is being supported by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the main Brazilian funding institution, as part of the Science without Borders Program.

MR SHIRISH SHARMA, PhD STUDENT, CeRDI, FEDERATION UNIVERSITY AND NICTA

PRESENTATION TITLE: Integrating Concepts of Smart Cities and HUL in Visualising Ballarat for a Sustainable Future

Shirish Sharma is a PhD student at the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation at Federation University in Ballarat, Victoria. He is working on a joint project with NICTA which will bring concepts of smart cities and heritage preservation to deliver innovative data visualisation tools for the sustainable development of Ballarat as a smart city. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering at RMIT in 2015 and had been working on applied and subjective research projects in the area of image and video processing at RMIT University and CSIRO.

PROFESSOR JOHN ROLFE, PROFESSOR OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

PRESENTATION TITLE: Factors affecting workforce mobility in Australia

John Rolfe is Professor of Regional Economic Development in the School of Business and Law at CQ University at Rockhampton. He is a resource economist, and has extensive experience with environmental, resource and development issues across Queensland and Australia. Professor Rolfe has led a number of major research projects (> 30) over the past 10 years and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for a major applied economics journal, the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

PROFESSOR DENISE WOOD, PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR REGIONAL ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING, EQUITY, ACCESS AND PARTICIPATION

PRESENTATION TITLE: Professor and Director of the Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation

Denise is Research Professor, Engaged Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation at Central Queensland University. She also holds an adjunct senior research fellow position at the University of South Australia and held an Extraordinary Professorial position at the University of the Western Cape from 2012-2015. Denise’s research focuses on the use of accessible information and communication technologies to increase social and educational participation, improving pathways to education and employment for under-represented groups, and participatory research design. She has been awarded more than AU$6 million in research income for projects that aim to improve educational and employment pathways for people from diverse backgrounds, and she has authored/co-authored more than 120 peer reviewed journal publications, book chapters, conference papers and government reports. She is an Associate Editor of the Higher Education Research and Development Journal and peer reviewer of several high ranked journals. She has been an assessor for the Australian Government’s learning and teaching grants and awards, and expert reviewer for the South African National Research Foundation and the United States National Science Foundation.

DR GERARD ILLOT, LECTURER IN ACCOUNTING, CQUNIVERSITY 

PRESENTATION TITLE: Making Decisions on Water Trading: A Study of Irrigators’ Perceptions and Information Behaviour AND Collaborative farmer-led research: Benefits and Challenges for Promoting Adoption of Conservation Farming Practices

With a background in agriculture and natural resource management, Caroline has worked as a Dairy Extension Officer in both Western Australia and Victoria, in evaluation roles at a NSW Catchment Management Authority, and as consultant specialising in project evaluation. She has been at Charles Sturt University for 5 years teaching into the Agricultural Science and Agribusiness degrees as well as working part-time on her PhD in water policy. Caroline will also be found on her bike dreaming of bike-packing across Australia.

DR VIKKI SHAFFER, PROGRAM COORDINATOR, UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

PRESENTATION: Synergistic relationships to enhance capacity building in regional tourism

Dr Vikki Schaffer is the Program coordinator and Lecturer in Tourism, Leisure and Event Management at the University of the Sunshine Coast. In keeping with the premise that it takes a village to graduate a student Vikki uses innovative approaches, enthusiasm, commitment and active engagement in the business and wider community to enhance student learning, to inform research and to assist industry and community development.

DR MICHELLE THOMPSON, ASSOCIATE LECTURER, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION: Tourism in Agricultural Regions: How a conceptual understanding of tourism development applies to the transformation of agricultural resources into tourism experiences

Dr Michelle Thompson is an Associate Lecturer - Tourism at CQUniversity, Cairns, and is involved in developing and delivering the new Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management. Michelle’s research interests focus on aspects of regional tourism, particularly the development of natural, agricultural and cultural tourism experiences in regional areas, and how demand for these types of experiences has changed over time. Michelle also has a diverse range of research experience as a result of her involvement in research consultancies for industry stakeholders in regional areas, as well as nationally funded projects for the Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility (MTSRF) and the National Environmental Research Program (NERP).

MS MARTA BOTTA, PhD CANDIDATE, UNIVERSITY OF SUNSHINE COAST

PRESENTATION: Sunshine Coast: The futures of sustainable public transport infrastructure in regional centres

Marta Botta is a PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a researcher at the Sustainability Research Centre. She completed her Bachelor of Science/Psychology degree at the Central Queensland University, a Graduate Diploma of Media Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, and Graduate Certificate in Futures Studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast. In line with her endeavour to facilitate socio-cultural renewal Ms.Botta produced several video documentaries of environmental and community projects to advance the sustainability agenda. Keen interest in her local community led Ms.Botta to become a member of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Taskforce for Light Rail/Public Transport (2012).

MR PHILIP BELL, SENIOR POLICY AND PLANNING, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION: Regional Employment Outcomes and the Demand for Higher Education

Philip Bell is the Senior Planning and Policy Officer within the Higher Education Division at Central Queensland University. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration and management, and a special interest in the relationship between higher education and economic development in regional Australia.

MR DAVID COWLEY, RESEARCH HIGHER DEGREE STUDENT, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION: Managerial Leadership in Regional Australia: A study of local government organisations in Regional Queensland

David is a passionate RHD student in the early stages of his PhD research investigating Local Government Leadership in Regional Australia.  With strong links to local government, David has a drive to improve service delivery and productivity through effective leadership and improved organisational culture.

MR CRAIG COMRIE, HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS, FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIA

PRESENTATION TITLE: New Work Order: Ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for the jobs of the future, not the past 

Craig Comrie has recently begun as the Head of Partnerships with the Foundation for Young Australians. He has spent the last 10 years with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia as the CEO. He has had numerous governance roles with the youth sector including Chairperson of the Australia Youth Affairs Coalition and the National Rural Justice and Law Alliance.

HANABETH LUKE, ASSOCIATE LECTURER, SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: The role of community engagement initiatives in stablishing community level social license for industrial projects

Hanabeth has been teaching and conducting post-graduate research at Southern Cross University since 2011. Prior to this she was teaching for several years in the United Kingdom.

With a background in environmental science, Hanabeth’s research takes place at the place where environment, industry, science and society intersect. Between 2011- 2016, she has been conducting research on the role of social license in land-use planning in regards to industrial developments. Her focus has been on the case study of coal seam gas developments in the Northern Rivers region of northern NSW, and the Western Downs region of south-east Queensland. Much of her work involves developing and testing tools for improved community engagement in land-use decision making. One example of this was using a stakeholder-engaged process to develop a local government election poll question on coal seam gas developments.

Other major projects have involved working with farmers to identify barriers to uptake of research and development, as well as grower aspirations and challenges for input into macadamia industry strategic planning. In her role at Southern Cross Geoscience, she has integrated interdisciplinary research from remediated acid sulfate soil site of national significance. preparing communication documents and case study papers for the benefit of land managers and ecological restoration.

DR KYLIE RADEL, SENIOR LECTURER IN MARKETING AND TOURISM, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Australian Indigenous communities and business success - Three cases for hybridity

Kylie Radel is a senior lecturer in marketing and tourism with the School of Business & Law, Central Queensland University.  Kylie completed her doctorate in 2011 using a qualitative research approach to examine factors for success for an Indigenous tourism enterprise.  Kylie’s research interests focus on developing tourism as an agent for transformation creating sustainable lifestyles.  She was invited to speak at the Northern Economic Development Conference in Canada, to present Australian Indigenous development case studies as examples for Aboriginal communities in northern Canada and has also worked with a small enterprise in Nepal to develop tourism opportunities for rural women.  With over thirty publications to date, Kylie’s research interests include Indigenous tourism, Indigenous research methodologies, sustainable lifestyles and education in business.