Rural Economies Centre of Excellence

The Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) is a first-of-its-kind rural economic research collaboration between: The University of Queensland, James Cook University, Central Queensland University and the University of Southern Queensland.

Established with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in 2018 for an initial 3 year period with combined funding of $3.6m, RECoE is applied research consortium focused on strengthening the economic resilience of Queensland’s rural communities. 

RECoE research aims to achieve positive impact in rural community development, deepening and diversifying regional economies, and informing government policy to achieve a thriving and internationally competitive rural economy. 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.

Our 20 research projects across Queensland align with five major themes. Each of theses themes draws from widespread industry and government engagement to investigate crucial economic hurdles that outline rural development: water resources, tourism, energy and climate changes, supply and value chain design (beef, horticulture and aquaculture), entrepreneurship and innovation, workforce, investment and policy.

Themes, research teams and programs

Research partners

Research centre contacts