Corporate geographies

Defining the strategic industrial advantage of cities and regions

Cities have assumed a new importance as engines of innovation and primary sites for economic growth. For example, 64% of the Australian population lives in the five largest capital city regions and these contain 95% of publicly listed Australian firms. The country’s resource base is widely dispersed in remote regions, however much of the value chain has been urbanised. This requires a cutting-edge knowledge base framed by world-class and progressive governance.

This research project will inform policy and enhance decision-making capacity by urban, regional, and national policymakers, industry groups, and individual firms. By refining our understanding of how cities and regions provide technical and knowledge-based services to a globally oriented industry, this project is positioned to create more sustainable and resilient futures.

This promotes stability in the resources sector, providing global security in key commodity flows.

The 'geographies of corporate networks' underpin a more robust understanding of how the contemporary economy works. This is critical to sustaining and enhancing the prosperity of the global economy against an uncertain future. Through this project we aim to reorient the ways in which we think about cities by investigating the role specialised economies play in delivering knowledge-based expertise to the rest of the world. In doing so, it aims to redefine the roles of cities such as Perth and Brisbane within Australia and the broader global context.

For more background information, see the suggested readings below.

Research team leader: Dr Kirsten Martinus

I am a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. My research interests lie in the economic geography, urban processes, globalisation and technology.

This is a collaborative project between The University of Western Australia (UWA) and The University of Queensland (UQ). Our team holds expertise in planning, urban and regional policy and development and economic geography.

How to apply

Interested in becoming part of this project? Complete the following steps to submit your expression of interest:

Step 1 - Check criteria

General UWA PhD entrance requirements can be found on the Future Students website.

Step 2 - Submit enquiry to research team leader

Step 3 - Lodge application

After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, you should be in a position to proceed to the next step of the UWA application process: Lodge an applicationDifferent application procedures apply to domestic and international students.