Federation Business School

The Centre for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness (CRIC) is built around a dedicated transdisciplinary team of researchers based at the Greenhill Enterprise Centre, Mt Helen Campus of Federation University Australia, with an additional centre at the Churchill Gippsland Campus.

CRIC researchers work across a number of areas to promote dynamic regional engagement between the University and local communities. The skills and research strategies of CRIC are both qualitative and quantitative. The Centre is particularly concerned to develop longitudinal case studies of regional socio-economic structures.  CRIC possesses a unique integration of skills and experience in public education techniques, consumer behavioural analysis, tourism studies, social contexts of sustainability and community and regional history and heritage.

Current projects include

  • Studies of sustainable and heritage tourism at a regional level
  • Longitudinal analysis of regional industries, including viticulture and the blood stock industry
  • Studies of regional issues in well being, public health and sport
  • Sustainability, energy use and social disadvantage in regional areas
  • Transdisciplinary education for new business models in eco-industries
  • Collaborative strategies supporting energy efficient retro-fitting for regional and rural housing
  • Historic urban landscapes and local community
  • Regional labour market participation and pathways to training and work

The Centre has a particular interest in the role of creative industries and the arts in promoting social integration. Projects in creative industries and recreation are being developed in recognition of the urgent need to prepare for the 21st century growth and demographic transition in Ballarat and West Gippsland.

CRIC's staff bring wide-ranging skills and substantial experience to provide quality supervision for Higher Degrees in these and related areas, as well as in specialist disciplines in computer-aided social survey techniques and community aspects of regional and urban heritage issues.

To find a potential supervisor in your research area please visit the CRIC staff page

For all enquiries, please contact cric@federation.edu.au.