1. Research into Regional Economic Development – On-line Survey

Researchers:

Prof John Dalrymple, Faculty of Business and Law
Swinburne University of Technology;

Dr. Joseph Voros, Faculty of Business and Law
Swinburne University of Technology;

Brian Scantlebury Main Student Investigator, Faculty of Business and Law
Swinburne University of Technology

Brian Scantlebury is a candidate in the practice based PhD program at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.  Brian's research is intended to investigate the applicability of futures and foresight methods to economic development.

The complete project comprises:
·         An on-line survey directed toward economic development practitioners with a view to developing an under       standing of how regional economic development is perceived to be planned and practiced.
·         A series of workshops directed toward economic development and strategic foresight practitioners with a view to clarifying the dynamics of the actual economic development practices.
·         A case study of the Albury-Wodonga region.

The on-line survey seeks to get a sense of the geographic element of the operating environment. Elements of the strategic framework in terms of policy and strategy are explored as are the economic development practices used and favoured by practitioners. Respondents will be asked to provide some basic information about their region and to indicate their level of knowledge, experience and provide opinions regarding certain practices. Questions also address innovation and innovation systems. Foresight and futures are involved in a number of the questions.

 What participation will involve and participants’ rights and interests:

Participation in this project is entirely voluntary on the part of the participant who may withdraw at any time without penalty. There is no remuneration or other reward involved.

Results of this project will be disseminated through a link on the website of Economic Development Australia. Completion of the survey will be taken as informed consent to participate in this element of the project. The survey should take approximately ten minutes to complete.

Further information about the project – who to contact

If you would like further information about the Project, please do not hesitate to contact:

Mr. Brian Scantlebury

Email: bscantelbury@swin.edu.au

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