Symposium tackles challenges for regional Australia and beyond 


New and dynamic ways of dealing with population and development challenges for regional Australia and beyond will be the focus of an upcoming two-part Symposium.

Jointly coordinated by the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, and the Centre for Regional Engagement and The Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, Beyond Periphery will feature internationally renowned academics and policy makers who live and work in remote parts of Australia, Canada, Alaska, Russia and Europe.

Senior Research Fellow at CDU’s School of Social and Policy Research, Andrew Taylor said Beyond Periphery was about inspiring a different way of thinking about particular parts of the world.

“The understanding of the ‘regional development’ universe is that there are cores and peripheries, and that certain relationships make it possible to predict outcomes of development processes,” he said.

“In Beyond Periphery we argue that there is another class of region that is not engaged in these core periphery structures.

“These regions, including the Northern Territory and Alaska, either have very weak ‘cores’ that are unable to sustain the relationships and so ‘flows’ (populations, labour, economic capital, investment and so on) become chaotic.”

The symposium will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from prominent researchers and practitioners from around the world who will present case examples on important demographic, social, and economic development issues. Numbers are limited so delegates will get the opportunity to actively workshop strategies and policies for addressing regional development challenges.

The Symposium is aimed at policy makers, program managers, community leaders, funding agencies, community organisations and academic researchers.

The first part of Beyond Periphery will be held at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus from 26-28 October, and is part CDU’s showcase “The Build Up”. Part two of Beyond Periphery will be held at University of South Australia’s Whyalla campus from 2-4 November.

More information including the program and registration details can be found on the website at