Diana is currently an Associate Lecturer in Economics within the College of Business, Law and Governance at James Cook University. Her teaching experience in the higher education sector spans over 12 years across both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings. Diana is a recipient of the Sessional Staff Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for the years 2010 and 2019 at JCU.

Diana is also a member of the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia and a Postgraduate Fellow at The Cairns Institute at JCU.  Her research interests are in the area of understanding individual decision-making, sustainability of regions and spatial econometrics.

Her PhD in economics is in the area of interregional migration in Australia where her overall research objective seeks to understand what makes people want to stay, move away from or move into a region. The potential outcomes of this research includes identification of individual factors (such as gender, age, post school qualifications) which influence migration decisions of different types of people and identification of regional characteristics (economic, social and environmental factors) which serve to attract (or repel) different types of people to different regions.

Diana also draws on her experience within the private sector where she worked as a research economist undertaking social and economic impact assessments.


November 19, 2020: JCU Inspiration On Tap Series Public Webinar on How to Build a Resilient Economy

February 25, 2021: Townsville Vol 26 PechaKucha Public Presentation on People Building Stronger Regions

 February 25, 2021: ABC Radio North Queensland – Host of Early Morning Country and Early Morning Breakfast Michael Clarke Interview 



Associate Editor: Economic Effects of Natural Disasters: Theoretical Foundations, Methods, and Tools, Elsevier, 2021

 Copy Editor:   Journal of Resilient Economies (JRE)

  • BU1003: Principles of Economics (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • BU1007: Principles of Data Analysis for Business (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • BU1807: Principles of Data Analysis for Business (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • BU1903: Principles of Economics (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • 2021 - Associate Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2009 to 2021 - Sessional Academic, James Cook University
  • 2006 to 2009 - Research Economist, Transpac Consulting, Urban Analytics Australia
  • 2019 - JCU Sessional Teaching Award
  • 2010 - JCU Sessional Teaching Award
  • 2006 - Australian Institute of Management (North Queensland Regional) Prize To the graduating student who has the greatest potential to contribute to the North Queensland economy.
  • 2019 to 2022 - Postgraduate Fellow The Cairns Institute
  • 2018 - Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia

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