Friday, 6 October, 2017


We are looking for a Regional Economist to support the Muswellbrook Shire Council’s program of economic diversification and jobs generation in the Upper Hunter. At the same time, the Upper Hunter Regional Economist will advance the research program of the Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre, an institution with a 60-year history of social, economic and environmental research in the Hunter Valley.

The HRF Centre within the University of Newcastle aims to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of regions going through significant economic transitions by employing a research model that is strongly engaged with key stakeholders in government, industry and the community. In that quest, the Upper Hunter region – with its coal mining, power generation, agricultural and equine industries – is a key case study.

The successful candidate will work alongside staff in Muswellbrook Shire Council, either placed in Muswellbrook full-time or spending on average 2-3 days per week in the town. The position is also engaged with the HRF Centre at the University of Newcastle on the 8th floor of its inspiring NeW Space facility in the Newcastle CBD.

Working closely with the HRF Centre’s director and lead economist, as well as with staff and stakeholders in Muswellbrook Shire, the Upper Hunter Regional Economist will undertake research and analysis to inform investment and economic development opportunities in the Upper Hunter region.

You will be involved in the pursuit of funding for research and development applicable to the region. You will help to identify and publicise findings among key stakeholders as well as to academic audiences for application in other regions. In sum, the role includes desktop research, interviews and analysis as well as presentations and other forms of reporting.

We seek someone with experience tracking social and economic indicators and conducting cost-benefit analyses in a range of sectors. You will need an understanding of economic modelling strategies that are potentially applicable at regional and town levels and a familiarity with aspects of complex system behaviours as applied to the socioeconomic aspects of towns and regions. You should also have a keen interest in playing a role in applied research developing new interdisciplinary methods for measuring and forecasting.

You will hold a postgraduate qualification in applied economics or a related field (or progress toward one), or equivalent experience in industry and/or government, plus a strong desire to make a difference.The position is funded initially for one year with an immediate start.

Interested? Please send your CV and a summary of what appeals to you about the position by 10 November 2017 to Professor Will Rifkin, Director, Hunter Research Foundation Centre

Further information about the position is available by phoning Kate Robinson at 02 4921 5061.

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