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Professor Susan Kinnear

PhD, B Sci (Biol)(Hons), B Environ Science
Dean, School of Graduate Research
Research Division
Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains
Rockhampton North
Building 32 - Room 2.56
CQUniversity Rockhampton
About Me

Professor Susan Kinnear is currently the Dean, School of Graduate Research, as well as an active researcher and research supervisor. As Dean of Graduate Studies, Susan focuses on issues of research training in regional Australia. Susan's research interests include sustainable regional development and environmental management, with most recent work including work on supply chains and Indigenous studies. Susan was named the Queensland Young Achiever of the Year (Environment) in 2007. 

Universities Studied At

CQUniversity Australia

Universities Worked At

CQUniversity Australia

Media Citations

  • Refer to CQUNinews for articles relating to research and research training. 
  • Previous teaching

    Water Resources and Society
    Water Resources and Planning
    Holistic Infrastructre Management (water resources)
    Innovative thinking and strategies (water resources)
    Biological Experimentation
    Program development - B Agribusiness and Food Security

    Professional Experience


    Research Leader, Division of Industry, Vocational Training and Access Education (DIVTAE), CQUniversity Australia

    Senior Research officer, Centre for Environmental Management (CEM), CQUniversity Australia
    Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Management (CEM), CQUniversity Australia

    Senior Research officer, Centre for Environmental Management (CEM), CQUniversity Australia

    Research Officer (Projects), Institute for Sustainable Regional Development (ISRD), CQUniversity Australia

    Casual academic positions, Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences

    Casual research assistant, Centre for Enviromnental Management

    ITAS Learning Advisor

    Professional Memberships

    Australian Council of Graduate Research - Executive Member



    Susan's current responsibility is as the Dean of Graduate Studies, including membership of the University Management Committee, Academic Board and Curriculum Committee; Deputy Chair of the Research Committee; and Chair of the Research Higher Degree Course Committee as well as several RHD scholarship panels. . 

    Past responsibilities at CQUniversity have included:

    • Research Committee of Academic Board - elected representative for researchers (2.5 years)
      Deputy Director and Centre Management Group, Centre for Environmental Management.
    • Leader, Sustainable Regional Development Programme, Centre for Environmental Management.
    • Group Leader for the ERA Discipline 16 - Studies in Human Society.

    Professional Interests

    Key Achievements


    • Nominee, Tall Poppy Awards


    • Nominee, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Research


    • Queensland Young Achiever Awards

    -Winner, Department of Main Roads Environment Award

    -Semi-finalist (top 10), CQU Career Achievement Award

    -Semi-finalist (top 10), Sigma Science and Technology Award

    • Best Conference Paper Award, 31st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association International, for Miles, R. L., Greer L., Kraatz D. and Kinnear S., ‘Measuring Community Wellbeing: A Central Queensland Case Study’.


    • Faculty medallist (Arts, Health and Sciences)
    • Dean’s commendation for academic achievement (environmental science)
    • Stanwell Corporation prize for environmental excellence (B. Environ. Science)
    • Ecoscope environmental prize (aquatic systems)


    • Gladstone Port Authority prize
    • Rockhampton Community Service Club Inc Prize
    • Co-winner Nogoa Pastoral Company bursary

    Computer Software

    Industry Reports

    Reports are prepared for industry research partners on a regular basis. If you see a research project under my listing and would be interested to obtain the accompanying reseach report, please email me for a copy. In most cases these are available (subject to our contract arrangements with particular partners).


    Guest Editor, Journal of Economic and Social Policy
    - Special Edition on Research in Regional Australia (2013)
    - Special Edition on Megatrends in Regional Australia (2014)

    Recent Research Projects
    Rural Economies Centre for Research Excellence
    From: 26/06/2018 to 30/11/2020
    Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
    Funding Scheme: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
    Total Funding: $3,000,000.00
    A.1.1718097 - Exporting perishable commodities to Asia: Developing a stakeholder collaboration model
    From: 26/03/2018 to 14/04/2021
    Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 4: CRC)
    Funding Scheme: CRC Developing Northern Australia
    Total Funding: $305,454.55
    Research Supervision

    I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

    • 4406 Human Geography
    • 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
    • 0502 Environmental Science and Management

    At the level of Principal Supervisor

    Current Capacity
    I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
    Current Supervision
    Master of Business
    Business Impacts of Extreme Weather Events: A Case Study of Central Queensland Fruit Growers.
    Associate Supervisor
    Doctor of Philosophy
    The role of universities in regionalisation
    Associate Supervisor
    PhD (Offshore)
    Options for avoiding land-mining conflicts in developing countries: A case study from the Côte dIvoire
    Associate Supervisor
    Complete Supervision
    Master of Business
    Factors affecting the accessibility of Anbessa City bus service in Addis Ababa: A case study of Kolfe-Keraniyo Sub-City.
    Principal Supervisor
    Master of Business
    Defining 'incubation leadership': identifying important behavioural traits in managers of Australian business incubation enviornments.
    Principal Supervisor
    Doctor of Philosophy
    The influence of humic substances on the toxicity of low pH and acid mine drainage to freshwater organisms
    Associate Supervisor
    Research Interests
    Environmental Sciences

    Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
    Climate change; Freshwater Ecology, Weeds, Toxicology

    Studies In Human Society

    Human Geography - Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
    Regional Innovation Systems; Collaboration Platforms; University-industry and university-SME linkages; regional planning and development; Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, and Analysis. If you are interested in undertaking study for a research masters or PhD, then please feel free to contact me to discuss possible topic areas. (See also the "Expertise" tab for areas of research supervision).

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