• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Fiona Haslam Mckenzie was educated in Western Australia and the United States and has a varied academic background including a PhD in political geography, researching the socio-economic impacts of the restructuring of the agricultural industry. Fiona has extensive experience in population and socio-economic change, housing, regional economic development and analysis of remote, regional and urban socio-economic indicators. She has published widely and undertaken work for the corporate and small business sectors both nationally and in Western Australia as well conducting work for all three tiers of government.

Fiona has served on several government and private sector boards. She was previously the Western Australian Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and subsequently led the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Regions in Transition Project. In 2012 she was appointed Principal Research Leader of the Regional Economies – Enduring Community Value from Mining program for the Remote Economic Participation Co-operative Research Centre until 2015, when she was appointed co-director of the Centre for Regional Development at the University of Western Australia. She is currently researching the socio-economic impact of different workforce arrangements for the mining industry and uneven economic development in Western Australia, focusing on the key issues of competitiveness, resilience and spatial integration.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior research fellow
Co-director of the Centre for Regional Development
Researcher Western Australian Regional Capitals Alliance

Previous positions

2010-15 Chief Investigator, leading the Regional Economies - Enduring Community Value from Mining division of the Remote Economic Participation Co-operative Research Centre.
2010-13 Curtin University representative on the CSIRO Minerals Future Cluster Management Committee.
2006-15 Professorial Fellow, Curtin Graduate School of Business
2005-10 Director, Housing and Urban Research Institute (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute), Western Australia
2006-07 A/Executive Director John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University.
2007-10 Director of Research, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy
2004-05 Curtin Post Doctoral Fellow, Curtin University
2001-04 Head of Academic Programs, Institute for Regional Development, University of Western Australia
1984-2001 Lecturer/researcher, Faculty of Business and Public Management, Edith Cowan University.

Teaching overview

Currently teaching:
International Cross Disciplinary Unit in Barcelona June 2015
Geographies of Economic Development 2201
Regional Planning 5501
Wheatbelt Interdisciplinary Service Unit 2015


Regional economic development
Workforce mobility
Demographic change
Regional governance

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Resources economics, PhD, Economic Re-structuring and Regional Development in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 18 Sept 2003

Economic history, M. Phil

Award Date: 17 Mar 1994

Grad Dip, Womens' Studies

Award Date: 20 Feb 1992

B. Arts

Award Date: 23 Apr 1981

B. Commerce, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 26 Apr 1979

External positions

Board member , Environmental Protection Authority (Western Australia)

17 Oct 20191 Oct 2024

Industry keywords

  • Space
  • Built Environment
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Mining and Resources
  • Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Regional Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Resources


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  • 2nd Cerdà Sessions

    Fiona McKenzie (Keynote speaker/Invited speaker)

    30 Jan 20191 Feb 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar or course

  • Board member

    Fiona McKenzie (Consultant)

    Oct 2019Oct 2024

    Activity: Industry and government engagement/consultancyAppointment or secondment to industry