Building on a 60-year legacy the Hunter Research Foundation Centre works with industry and communities to help them make informed decisions about their future and where they fit in a changing world.

Across the nation and the globe, regions are looking for opportunities to create employment and drive lasting economic and social transformation for their communities. The HRF Centre engages at the interface between community and industry, providing the evidence-base to support decisions, which can stimulate innovation and support economic transformation.

The multi-disciplinary Centre focusses on providing rigorous, independent socio-economic research, analysis and innovation across key sectors, which helps to build economic and social strength in cities and regions.

Current research programs
  • Economic Indicators Our flagship research program dates back to the 1980s provides unique economic insights for the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions and is released at six business events throughout the year
  • Future of Jobs Examines the major drivers of changing economic and workforce structure in the Hunter
  • Business Innovation A detailed assessment of current challenges and needs in the innovation, start-up and commercialisation space in the Hunter
  • Wellbeing Watch  Conducted since 2006, the project assesses the quality of life in the Hunter, explains trends in how people live, provides an understanding of the influences on wellbeing and how regional wellbeing can be improved.
  • ICT and Digital Technology An annual check-in of Hunter and Upper Hunter businesses and households, their technology uptake, plus significant changes and opportunities offered by the digital economy.

Our research program is made possible through the generosity of our valued partners. Access the findings of past research projects