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Publications

I have published and presented on many topics related to business and economic development policy, practice and strategy over the years, in the form of book chapters, peer reviewed articles, journal articles, submissions, reports, working papers and conference presentations.  Many of these are listed here, grouped by topic with the most recent first.  

All publications are available at independent.academia.edu/PaulCollits

Entrepreneurship, Start-ups and Innovation

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – the How the Why and the Who (academia.edu September 2017)

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Higros, Incubation and Networks: How Does it All Work? (academia.edu September 2016)

Innovation and Economic Development (academia.edu September 2016)

An Incubation System for Hawke’s Bay  (academia.edu June 2016)

Higros and Economic Development, Fraser Coast Chronicle, 2013

Innovation in Rural Regions; The Notion of the ‘Intersection’,  Paper presented to the Regional Science Conference Organisation Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland. July 2009

Trends in Business and Economic Development

Re-imagining the Sector (academia.edu September 2017)

Disruption, Economic Geography and Regional Strategy (academia.edu August 2016)

Cluster Bust (academia.edu July 2016)

“Re-imagining the Region”, in Local Economy, Volume 30 No 1, January 2015 (co-authored with JE Rowe)

The Old Mobility, the New Mobility and Regional Development, Paper presented at the 36th annual conference of the ANZRSAI, Wollongong December 2012

Economic Development Strategy and Practice

Local Government and Economic Development: A marriage Made in Heaven? (academia.edu September 2017)

Economic Development Hunting and Gardening Strategies: New Thoughts on an Old Debate (academia.edu October 2016)

Building a Regional Economic Delivery Model: Key Issues and Traps for the Unwary (academia.edu October 2016)

The Implementation of Economic Development: A Review of Delivery Models (academia.edu September 2016)

A Shared Service in Economic Development for Hawke’s Bay (academia.edu July 2016)

Reflections on Regional Economic Development Strategy and on the Efforts of One New Zealand Region (academia.edu May 2016)

Notes on a Regional Economic Development Strategy: What Ended up on the Cutting Room Floor (academia.edu March 2016)

Australian Business Views of Economic Development: An Analysis (academia.edu, March 2016)

“The Myths of Economic Development and the “Must Do’s to Avoid Them”, New Zealand Geographer, Volume 71, Issue 3, December 2015

“Hawke’s Bay’s Regional Economic Development Strategy: The Importance of Stakeholder Buy-in”, New Zealand Geographer, Volume 71, Issue 3, December 2015 (co-authored with James Rowe and Alasdair MacLeod)

From Tired to Wired: An Australian Region Examines its Collaborative (Dis)advantage,  Paper presented at the 37th annual conference of the ANZRSAI, Hervey Bay, December 2013

A Rural Region Envisions its Future, RMIT Hamilton, 2010

“Local Government and Economic Development – The New Challenge Facing Councils”, Councillor, September/October, 2009

Developing the Practitioner, Presentation to the New Regions New Directions Conference of the Local Government Association of Queensland, Townsville, Queensland, March 2009

The Learning Practitioner, Paper presented to the Sustainable Economic Growth in Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference, Albury, August 2008

“Up-skilling Local and Regional Leaders and Economic Development Practitioners: A Survey of Current Issues and Possible Future Directions”, Regional Policy and Practice, Volume 8 No1, May 1999

Regional Economics

Approaches to Regional Development: A Much Longer Review of the Literature (academia.edu October 2016)

Prioritising Regional Infrastructure (academia.edu, August 2016)

Best Practice Regional Development: A Very Brief Summary of the Literature (academia.edu, May 2016)

Unemployment on the Fraser Coast, EDEC Policy Paper, University of Southern Queensland, 2011

Towards a Theory of Regional Development, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Wollongong July 2011

Understanding “Culture” and “Creativity” as Drivers of Regional Economic Success: Richard Florida and his Critics, Paper presented to the conference of British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association International, Stratford-on-Avon, August 2005

Bohemian Rhapsody? Richard Florida’s Theories of the Creative Class and Their Critics, Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Wollongong, September 2004 (co-authored with Adrian Bonanni)

Successful Cities and Regions: The Search for the Regional Development Holy Grail, Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Wollongong, September 2004

What Drives Regional Development Success? The Cases of Wales and New South Wales, paper presented at the Regional Science Association International, British and Irish Section, St Andrew, August 2003 (co-authored with Stephen Hill)

Are Australian Regions Gay Enough?  University of Western Sydney, Department of Economics Seminar Series, March 2003

Hilmer, Hanson and Regional Development:  The Impact of Competition Policy on Regional Australia and the Political Response, Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Tanunda, South Australia, September 1998

Regional Policy, Governance and Planning

The Tyranny of the Announcable and the Scourge of Economic Development Bingo  (academia.edu August 2016)

The False Promises of Local Government Amalgamation (academia.edu, October 2015)

“Regional Policy in Post-war Australia: Much Ado About Nothing?” in Hogan A and Young M (eds), Rural and Regional Futures, Routledge, 2014

A Government Agency Relocation for the Fraser Coast?  EDEC Policy Paper, University of Southern Queensland, December 2012

“Planning for Regions in Australia”, chapter in Thompson S and Maginn P (eds) Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2012

How to put the Power Back – a Decentralised Model, Presentation to the RDA-NI Conference, Armidale, October 2012

“Is There a Regional Australia and is it Worth Spending Big On?” Policy, Winter 2012

“Regional Policy in Australia Since World War Two” chapter in Scoping a Vision for Rural and Regional Australia, Collection of Papers, National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia, ANU, April 2012

Regional Policy in Australia: Problems and Possibilities, Third Sustainable Rural Communities Conference, Narrabri, April 2012

Special Economic Zones, Submission to the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Regional Development, March 2012

Evaluating Regional Development Initiatives: An EU-Australian Comparison, European Union Open Days, Brussels, October 2011

Regional Policy in Australia: Decidedly a Work in Progress, EIDOS Institute Conference , Brisbane September 2011

The Role of Universities in Regional Development: An Australian Perspective, International Economic Development Council, Columbus Ohio, September 2010

An Examination of Proposals for Special Tax Zones in Regional Australia, Page Research Centre, 2010

“The Howard Government and Regional Development”, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Vol 14, No 3, 2008

Regional Development: Future Policy Options, Discussion Paper, Page Research Centre, August 2008

“Planning for Regions in Australia”, chapter in Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, September 2007

“Great Expectations: What Regional Policy Can Realistically Achieve in Australia”, Australian Farm Policy Journal, August 2006

When the Wicked Meet the Vicious: Addressing Long-Term Problems of Capacity and Legitimacy in Australian Local and Regional Governance, Paper delivered to the RMIT University / ASSA Workshop on Participation and Governance for Regional Development, Hamilton Victoria  (co-authored with A J Brown), July 2004

“Policies for the Future of Regional Australia”, European Planning Studies, Volume 12, no 1, January 2004

The Tyranny of the Announcable and the Challenge of Regional Policy”, Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Fremantle, September 2003

Regional Governance and Regionalism in Australia and Europe, Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Fremantle, September 2003

The Challenges of Regional Policy, Paper presented at the 6th Annual Urban Planning conference, Sydney July 2003

Australian Regional Policy and its Critics, Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Surfers Paradise, October 2002

“What’s Wrong with Enterprise Zones?” Sustaining Regions Volume 2 No 1, September 2002

Service Delivery in Country Regions: Trends, Policy Issues and Government Responses in New South Wales, Paper presented to the 20th Annual ANZRSA Conference at the Australian National University, September 1996

“Business Costs in Non-Metropolitan Regions: Research Findings and Policy Issues”, Regional Policy and Practice, Volume 4 No 1, May 1995

Achieving Sustainable Growth,  Regional Business Development in New South Wales,  Volume Two,  Initiatives for Implementing Policy,  NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on State Development, Report No 11, 1994  (contributing author)

Achieving Sustainable Growth,  Regional Business Development in New South Wales,  Volume One,  Principles for Setting Policy,  NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on State Development, Report No 10, 1994

Regional Business Development in New South Wales:  Trends, Policies and Issues,  NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on State Development, Discussion Paper No 4, 1993

Rural Communities, Engagement and Development

The Tribes of Hawke’s Bay (academia.edu August 2016)

Contemporary Economic Development and Prospects for our Towns, Presentation to the University of Sunshine Coast Sustainable Villages Conference, November 2012

Southern Grampians Recent Arrivals, presentation to The Heartland Regional

Development Conference, Hamilton, Victoria, July 2009 (with Julia Schlapp)

“Involving Young People in Research: Lessons from the 10 MMM Project in South Western Victoria”,  in Involving Children and Young people in Research, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Report, Sydney 2009 (co-authored with J Brown and K E Scholfield)

“Cultural Change and the Decline of Rural Towns”, Page Review, July 2007

The Heartland Project: Rural Community Survival and Learning in North America and Australia, Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Wollongong, September 2004 (co-authored with Gordon Forth; also presented at the NSW Department of State and Regional Development Community Economic Development Conference, Gosford, October 2004)

“Publish, populate or perish: how common needs lead to an infrastructure for collaboration”, Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Refereed Conference Proceedings, University Regional and Rural Engagement, Bathurst July 2004 (co-authored with Julie Arthur and Tom Murphy)

The Regional Divide and the Future of Small Towns, Plenary presentation to the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development Regional Development Conference, Timaru, September 2003

“Small Town Decline and Survival in New South Wales: Trends, Causes and Policy Issues”, in M F Rogers, Y M J Collins (eds) The Future of Australia’s Country Towns, Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, La Trobe University, March 2001

What Makes for Successful Small Towns?  An Examination of the Impact of Active Local Economic Development in New South Wales, Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Hobart, December 2000

Small Town Decline and Survival: Trends, Success Factors and Policy Issues, Paper presented to the Future of Australia’s Country Towns Conference, Bendigo, June 2000

Should Governments Try to “Save” Small Towns? Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Newcastle, September 1999

“Big Town, Small Town – the Centralisation of Services and Economic Activity, the Decline of Small Towns and the Policy Response in New South Wales”, Regional Policy and Practice, Volume 6, No 2, December 1997 (co-authored with Bridget Gastin)

Community Economic Development in New South Wales – History, Theory and Practice, Paper presented at the Conference of the Regional Science Association International, Wellington, New Zealand, December 1997

Small Towns – the Big Picture, the Role of the NSW Government, Paper presented at the CARED Innovations in Economic Development Roundtable, September 1997

Decentralisation

“Country Towns in A Big Australia?  The Decentralisation Debate Revisited”, chapter in Martin J and Budge T (eds) The Sustainability of Australia’s Country Towns: Renewal, Renaissance, Resilience, VURRN Press 2011

“Where Will the People Live in a Big Australia?” Newsletter of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association, No 80, June 2010

Decentralisation and Regional Development, Presentation to the Australian Population Institute Round Table September 2009

The Decentralisation Wars: Is it Time to Re-open the Selective Decentralisation Debate? Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the ANZRSAI, Wollongong, September 2004 (co-authored with Brad Hinton)

“From ‘Balanced Development’ to ‘Sustainable Development’: Recent Regional Policy Approaches in New South Wales”, in R Epps (ed) Sustaining Rural Systems in the Context of Global Change, Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the IGU Commission for the Sustainability of Rural Systems and Land Use/ Cover Change Study Group, University of New England, July 1997

Balanced State Development in New South Wales Regional Policy Making: Past Glories and Future Prospects, Paper presented to the 19th Annual ANZRSA Conference at the University of Queensland, December 1995

Politics and Culture

Can We Afford Not to Have a Bigger Australia? unpublished monograph, 2013

Carli C, Collits P, Wilson T (eds)  Turning Left or Right: Values in Modern Politics, Connor Court, 2013

“Conservatism” in Carli C, Collits P, Wilson T (eds)  Turning Left or Right: Values in Modern Politics, Connor Court, 2013

“The Age of Global Warming is Over”, Quadrant, July-August 2013

“The Sad Universities We Have Become: A Personal Reflection”, Connor Court Quarterly, No 5-6, Special Edition, Papers from the Christian View of History and he Revivial of the Liberal Arts Colloquium at Campion College, August-September 2012

“A Society Split in Two”, Quadrant, November 2012

Future Visioning: A Cautionary Approach, RMIT Conference, Hamilton 2010

Excellence in Education: A Bloomian Perspective, RMIT Hamilton, 2010

Emissions Trading and Climate Change: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?  Page Research Institute, Armidale, 2008

The Unheavenly City: the Ungodly World of Geography and Planning, paper presented at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Australia conference, Sydney, April 2007