Collaboration delivering transformation

Across the region and across the globe, communities face major challenges as they navigate the shift from traditional industries, such as resources and manufacturing, to globally-positioned, knowledge-based economies.

The city of Newcastle and the Hunter region are examples of such a transition. They are looking to grow and attract new business, to undertake real economic and social transformation.

The Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre helps to support such transitions by informing industry, government and the community with a sound base of socio-economic evidence. The Centre’s focus is providing rigorous, independent research and analysis that is readily understood and clear in its implications. It represents a partnership forged between the long-standing Hunter Research Foundation and Newcastle’s world-class university - ranked in the top 1% of universities world-wide.

With this new partnership the multi-disciplinary HRF Centre can now draw on academic expertise to support analysis, decision-making, and innovation across sectors including health, engineering, energy and the environment.

The Centre is undertaking an initiative to develop new methods of measuring combining traditional tools with big data (e.g., phone call and credit purchase volumes) and biophysical evidence (e.g., population biomarkers).

The Centre also works with enterprises large and small, local and international. Its work fundamentally informs and guides communities and regions undergoing profound change.

Attracting hundreds of key business people and decision-makers, the HRF Centre Economic Breakfast Series is the region’s main event for business intelligence and networking. Dynamic speakers will deliver insights into a range of topics relating to the economy and community of regions at the six breakfasts each year.

The Hunter Region Economic Indicators capture the nation’s economic trends and the Hunter region’s performance across key areas including: labour, unemployment, house prices, housing and business performance. The Indicators are based on data collected from thousands of households and businesses through the quarterly Hunter Pulse surveys.

Building on a strong 60-year legacy, the HRF Centre is establishing a global reputation for rigorous, independent research and analysis, which builds economic and social strength in cities and regions. Our 60th anniversary celebrated the announcement of a new partnership with The University of Newcastle. Watch