Matthew Tonts

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...
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The Social and Economic Implications of Farm Plantation Forestry: A Review of Some Key Issues

Over recent years, extensive tree plantations have emerged as a significant land use in a number of regions across Australia. While trees have the potential to contribute to the mitigation of a range of environmental problems, such as soil salinity and erosion, there are growing...
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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...
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Socio-economic wellbeing in Australian mining towns: A comparative analysis

Understanding the links between resource dependence and socio-economic wellbeing has long been a subject of interest amongst social scientists in North America. By contrast, relatively few Australian studies exist on this topic. This is despite the significant role of resource industries in shaping Australia's economic...

Rural Communities and Changing Farm Businesses

This report examines the socio-economic impacts of changing farm business structures in five case study communities. It highlights the positive and negative impacts of changing farm business structures, and makes a number of recommendations about how to maximise the benefits and minimise the potential problems...