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Nalanda-Deakin Joint Lecture

November 10, 2016 (Thursday), 03.00pm, Teen Murti Auditorium, Delhi

Industry Driven Research Needs in Regional and Rural Communities

Dr. David Halliwell, Director, Centre For Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF), Deakin University, Australia


Technology has come a long way in the last decade. Whereas traditionally we may have known what ‘job’ we wanted to do when we ‘grow up’, nowadays, many of the jobs for the next generation may well not yet have been invented. Researchers are at the frontier of this new wave of innovation and we are only just beginning to think about the possible applications for these emerging technologies (e.g. advanced manufacturing, data mining and visualisation). This presentation provides an insight into industry (including government and community) driven research needs encountered by Deakin University’s Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) as it straddles the interface of industry and academia. CeRRF’s research scope is broad and comprises expertise in agriculture, engineering, science, environment, climate change, policy, economics and urban planning. This presentation features projects touching on these areas in our efforts to drive sustainable regional growth, build capacity, and improve risk management.


Dr. Halliwell joined Deakin University in 2015 as Director of the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF), a research centre with a focus on regional productivity. He has 22 years’ experience in industry driven research in the agriculture and water sectors. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer for Water Research Australia Limited and Research Director with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. Dr. Halliwell holds a PhD in Chemistry and he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a researcher at heart with a focus on engaging with industry to understand and solve their problems.

November, 12-13, 2016

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