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Fiona McKenzie


  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 312 Citations
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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

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Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Comparing contemporary regional development in Western Australia with international trends

van Staden, J-W. & McKenzie, F. H., 27 Mar 2019, In : Regional Studies. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Western Australia

The invention of a mountain tourism destination: An exploration of Trevinca-A Veiga (Galicia, Spain)

Paül, V., Trillo-Santamaría, J. M. & Haslam-Mckenzie, F., 7 Mar 2019, In : Tourist Studies. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

place name
tourism development
regional development
paradigm shift

Infinite Rural Systems in a Finite Planet: Bridging Gaps Towards Sustainability

Paul, V. (ed.), McKenzie, F. (ed.), Trillo Santamaria, J. M. (ed.) & Lois Gonzalez, R. (ed.), Jul 2018, Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Publicacions. 570 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output


Projects 2003 2020