Rural Economies Centre of Excellence

The Rural Economies Centre of Excellence is an applied research consortium that is strengthening the economic resilience of Queensland’s rural communities. Led by USQ, founding partners include the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the University of Queensland, Central Queensland University, and James Cook University.

Our research aims to achieve positive impact in rural community development, deepening and diversifying regional economies, and informing government policy. We undertake a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing regional and rural economic problems and opportunities, providing solutions that integrate the economics of innovation with world-leading technical expertise on regional economic development and agriculture.

Contact us


Name  Assoc Professor Ben Lyons
Phone  +61 7 4631 2928
Email  Ben.Lyons@usq.edu.au