Fiona M. Haslam McKENZIE

Professor of Regional Economic Development, lecturer in human and economic geography
Centre for Regional Development, University of Western Australia

Fiona leads the Centre for Regional Development at UWA. Over the last two decades her academic focus has been regional economic development in Australia, both from a teaching and research perspective.  She has been particularly interested in the socio-economic impact of the boom conditions in the Western Australian resources sector on people and places.  Much of her academic outputs are informed by the work she undertakes with industry and the communities in which they operate.

She has experience in population and socio-economic change, housing, regional economic development and analysis of remote, regional and urban socio-economic indicators.  She is currently researching the socio-economic impact of different regional workforce arrangements and uneven economic development in Western Australia.  This work contributes to an international collaboration with colleagues in Canada, South Africa and the United States regarding the sustainability of staples economies and economic development of communities in resource-producing regions.

She teaches both under-graduate and post graduate units in the Urban and Regional Planning degree in addition to supervising Masters and PhD theses.

She has served on several government and private sector boards, undertaken work for corporate and small business sectors and published widely.  She is currently serving as an expert panelist for the Parliament of Australia regarding Decentralisation and Regional Development and as an expert panelist for the State government of Western Australia reviewing the impact of onshore hydraulic fracturing (FRACKING).


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