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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Using functional economic regions to model endogenous regional performance in Australia: implications for addressing the spatial autocorrelation problem

A new geography of functional economic regions (FERs) has been created for Australia using a methodology that optimizes within-region self-containment of commuting to jobs. The paper tests whether this FER geography might overcome the spatial autocorrelation problem encountered when using de jure regions such as...

Regional Economic Development: Analysis and Planning Strategy

The book is about the analysis of regional economic performance and change, and how analysis integrates with strategies for local and regional economic development policy and planning. First, the book provides the reader with an overview of key theoretical and conceptual contexts within which the...

Australia's Changing Economic Geography Revisited

For some time Australia has been exhibiting the hallmarks of a "two speed economy" in which the sun-belt states are surging ahead fed by internal migration and the resources boom. But the nation has always been one in which marked regional differences economic performance have...

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.
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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.