Matthew Tonts


Committee for Perth: a decade of positive impact

The past decade has been one of the most dramatic in Perth's history. Against the background of a dynamic global economy and expansion of the State's minerals and energy sectors, the city has experienced an economic, social and cultural transformation. This transformation has posed numerous...
Briefing paper

Briefing paper 6: employment growth and local occupational structures

This report provides a detailed examination of the role of broader scale changes in the composition of employment, as measured by occupational structure, and localized place-based labor market characteristics to account for employment growth for member of the Western Australian Regional Capitals Alliance (WARCA) over...
Journal article

Path dependence, resilience and the evolution of new rural economies: Perspectives from rural Western Australia

This paper draws on the emerging field of evolutionary economic geography to offer insights into the transformation of rural economies. In particular, it focuses on the concepts of path dependence and resilience, and the ways in which these help to explain change within four case...
Journal article

Endogenous Growth, Local Competitiveness and Regional Development: Western Australia ' s Regional Cities, 2001-2011

Recent policy discourse on the dynamics of regional development has centred on growing levels of uneven development - the patchwork economy - and the importance of local competitiveness as a driver of growth. In this paper,we examine both of these issues in the context of...
Journal article

The Amenity Principle, Internal Migration, and Rural Development in Australia

This article finds that communities with high relative accessibility to metropolitan and urban centers and the coast and an established or emerging tourism industry have been most likely to experience net migration gains. Yet amenity migration also intersects with more traditional rural land uses and...