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Professor Susan Kinnear

PhD, B Sci (Biol)(Hons), B Environ Science
Dean, School of Graduate Research
Research Division
Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities
(07) 4930 9336
Rockhampton North
Building 32 - Room 2.49
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 the nexus between sustainable regional development, regional policy, regional advantage, innovation and environmental management. 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
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, which includes Chairing the Research Higher Degree Committee and participation in Academic Board, Research Committee (Deputy Chair), and the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee. 

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)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Human Geography
  • Other Studies in Human Society

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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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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