Robert J. Stimson

Bob Stimson is a quantitative human geographer and regional scientist. He has been teaching and conducting research in universities since 1965. He retired from the University of Queensland in January 2011. Bob is one of the leading urban researchers in Australia and is well known internationally for his work in analytical human geography, human spatial behaviour, and regional economic development analysis and planning strategy. He has extensive experience consulting to public agencies at all levels of government and to The World Bank. Bob is a former President of the Regional Science Association International, the Australia and New Zealand Section of RSAI, and the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development. He is a former President of the Western Regional Science Association (U.S.) and is currently Chair of the Applied Geography Commission in the International Geographical Union. Bob is an author of 47 books and monographs and more than 250 book chapters and scientific papers. For the period 2012-2014 he is Director of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), a $20million project funded by the Commonwealth Government, hosted at the University of Melbourne.
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Journal article

Some challenges for regional science research

This article discusses the evolution of Regional Science, the critiques it has received and the challenges it has confronted.
Conference paper

Demarcating functional economic regions across Australia differentiated by work participation categories

Analysing spatial variations in regional economic performance is a common focus for research by regional scientists. Typically such investigations suffer from using de jure regions (such as Local Government Aras) as the spatial base as data tend to be readily available for such administrative areas...

The Australian Urban Intelligence Network supporting smart cities

A review of the Australian Urban Intelligence Network (AURIN) project: the network of researchers, planners and policy-makers involved, the online workbench of data and tools, and the urban data and analytical capability it offers.
Conference paper

Towards an e-Infrastructure for urban research across Australia

Many challenges facing urban and built environment researchers stem from the complexity and diversity of the urban data landscape. This landscape is typified by multiple independent organizations each holding a variety of heterogeneous data sets of relevance to the urban community. Furthermore, urban research itself...
Conference paper

The Australian Urban research Infrastructure Network initiative: Providing a comprehensive e-Research capability for urban and built environment researchers in Australia

The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) ( is a $20 million project funded under the Australian Government’s Super Science initiative. Its objective is to develop and implement an e-Infrastructure providing researchers access to comprehensive sets of diverse data from multiple sources with a capability...