Matthew Tonts

Professor, BA E.Cowan, PhD Curtin

  • The University of Western Australia (M213), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1388 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
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Professor Matthew Tonts is Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.

A member of the University since 2001, Professor Tonts was formerly the Director of the Institute for Regional Development (2005-2010) and Head of the School of Earth and Environment (2010-2016). In 2017, he took up the position of Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.


Professor Tonts' disciplinary background is in Geography, and has broad interests spanning regional development, rural communities, economic restructuring, and public policy. He continues to be active in research on matters related to rural economic and social adjustment, employment geographies and urban development.


  • Economic geography
  • Human geography
  • Regional development and planning
  • Rural economic geography
  • Social geography
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban geography, urban planning, urban political economy
  • Western Australia

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Research Output 2001 2018

Challenges in measuring the local and regional contributions of mining: Lessons from case studies in Rwanda, Zambia, and Ghana

Horsley, J., Ahmad, S. & Tonts, M., 1 Jan 2018, Africa's Mineral Fortune: The Science and Politics of Mining and Sustainable Development. Ali, S. H., Sturman, K. & Collins, N. (eds.). USA: Routledge, p. 86-118 33 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

small scale mining
regional economy
local economy
limiting factor
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Gold mines
social impact
economic impact
2 Citations (Scopus)

Indicators of mining in development: A Q‐methodology investigation of two gold mines in Quang Nam province, Vietnam

Nguyen, B. N., Boruff, B. & Tonts, M., 1 Aug 2018, In : Resources Policy. 57, p. 147-155 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

gold mine
living standard
6 Citations (Scopus)

Sustainable rural economies, evolutionary dynamics and regional policy

Plummer, P., Tonts, M. & Argent, N., Jan 2018, In : Applied Geography. 90, p. 308-320 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

The global commodities boom and the reshaping of regional economies: the Australian experience

Ellem, B. & Tonts, M., 2018, In : Australian Geographer. 49, 3, p. 383-395 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

regional economy
economic goods
political discourse
natural gas

Projects 2002 2020