Professor Hurriyet Babacan has a distinguished career over the last 25 years with a proven track record of achievement in senior leadership and strategic management roles. She has a distinguished record in scholarship in research, teaching and learning and community and professional service. She has held senior roles in higher education, public administration, and research and training such as Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research), Dean, Head of School and Director of research Institutes. She was the Foundation Director of the Cairns Institute (2009-2012) and Director of the Institute for Community, Engagement and Policy Alternatives at Victoria University. In the public sector she has held roles such as Victorian Manager, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Executive Director Community Outcomes Branch in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Commissioner with the inaugural Multicultural Commission and CEO of Tablelands Regional Council.

Professor Babacan brings extensive track record of leading multidisciplinary research in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Hurriyet has published widely in national and international publications relating to economic and social development including two publications for UNESCO. She has delivered keynote presentations at numerous national and international conferences. She has been Convenor or Steering Committee member of numerous high level conferences including the United Nations- Queensland Government Conference on Engaging Communities. Professor Babacan has been an expert member on numerous departmental and international working parties including the Council of Europe/OECD working party on wellbeing and Ministerial or Premier’s advisory committees relating to women, immigration and settlement, child protection, economic development, employment and education, multiculturalism, equal opportunity and regional development. Professor Babacan is a reviewer for the Australian Research Council. She is also editorial board member or reviewer for numerous international journals.

Professor Babacan has been recognised for her work through a number of awards including the Order of Australia 2014 (AM) for outstanding contribution, as academic and author, and for furthering multicultural community, education and social policy development; Bi-Centenary Medal awarded by the Prime Minister, 2002 and the Multicultural Services Award by the Premier of Queensland. Hurriyet was the Queensland State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award in the for Community and Public Service category in 2003. Professor Babacan name has been listed in the Australian Women’s Archives as recognition of women leaders who have contributed to Australia

  • Professor Babacan’s research is multidisciplinary and espouses the principles of ‘engaged scholarship’. Her research interests include: Social /community development and wellbeing Regional economic development Culture and diversity Governance and policy Gender
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Socio-Economic Objectives

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 74+ research outputs authored by Prof Hurriyet Babacan from 2005 onwards.

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Charters Towers Regional Council - Contract Research

Charters Towers Agricultural Sector Development and Resilience Project

Indicative Funding
$376,000 over 3 years
To develop economic and social resilience of the Charter Towers agricultural sector in the face of transition and climate change. The key project elements include: ? Developing an evidence base through research at granular level ? Developing capacity ? Workforce development An evaluation component will be used to inform the project as it evolves and also identify lessons for other regional councils.
Hurriyet Babacan and Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Regional development; Regional economic development; Regional economic

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Regional Drought Resilience Planning

Regional Drought Resilience Plans (RDRP)

Indicative Funding
$194,456 over 1 year (administered by The University of Queensland)
This subcontract pertains to the delivery of the Regional Drought Resilience Planning (RDRP) Round 2 deliverables by The University of Queensland for the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence in Queensland (the RECoE). Background: The Future Drought Fund (FDF) is a fund initiated by the Australian Government to provide secure, continuous funding for drought resilience initiatives. Eight programs were initiated under the FDF on 1 July 2020 designed to build resilience to future droughts. One of these programs is Regional Drought Resilience Planning (RDRP). The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is the lead agency responsible for administering Queensland's RDRP. JCU will support the UQ Project team to deliver the RDRP Project in three (3) regions: North West Queensland, Townsville and Palm Island, and South East Queensland (in partnership with USQ). The Specified Personnel will contribute to all RDRP Project deliverables, including quarterly reporting, DAF Dashboard Reporting, and monthly Project Control Group meetings. The Specified Personnel be responsible for the following elements of the Project: 1. Regional stakeholder engagement, including co-design activities and management of Regional Forums; 2. Preparation of the literature review/discussion paper; and 3. Evaluation interviews and quality assurance for evaluation interviews conducted as part of the Project. The Project will be undertaken in accordance with the Project Management Plan and Funding Contract, as amended in writing from time to time.
Hurriyet Babacan and Brian Fairman (Cairns Institute)
Drought; Economic resilience; Water security

QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Tenders

Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE)

Indicative Funding
$1,650,594 over 6 years (administered by University of Southern Queensland)
The Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) is a multi-site centre of expertise in rural economic development located in regions across Queensland. It will be based in Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, Emerald, Malanda and Gatton. It is a partnership between universities with key rural economic development expertise across the state:(i) The University of Southern Queensland; (ii) Central Queensland University; (iii) James Cook University; and (iv) The University of Queensland.
Jim Cavaye, John Rolfe, Allan Dale, John Mangan and Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Stewart Lockie, Diane Jarvis, Riccardo Welters, Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar and Jennifer McHugh (University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University, Cairns Institute, The University of Queensland, College of Business, Law & Governance and College of Science & Engineering)
Rural Economies

Cooperative Research Centres - Fight Food Waste

Horticultural Sector Action Plan (SAP)

Indicative Funding
$30,000 (administered by Central Queensland University), in partnership with the Central Queensland University ($40,000)
This project will develop an action plan to reduce food waste across the horticulture sector of Australia and to support the development of strategies towards national target to halve food waste across the horticultural supply chain. The project involves the development of three Sector Action Plans. This will consist of an overall national strategic framework and specific plans for two commodities (i.e. banana and melon). The project is led by CQU and is a collaboration across a number of universities including RMIT, CDU and JCU. Key industry peak groups and businesses form project references group. The Specified Personnel from JCU are responsible for the following elements of the Project: 1. Oversight of methodology 2. Development of toolkits for consultation 3. Contribute to the development of 3 SAPs
Hurriyet Babacan (Cairns Institute)
Drought; Economic Resilience; Water Security

Cairns Regional Council - Contract Research

COVID-19 Rapid Social Needs Assessment

Indicative Funding
$54,418 over 2 years
Preliminary evidence suggests that the suppression management of the COVID-19 crises in the Cairns region has had significant impact on the social and emotional health of the local population. Conduct a time-critical rapid social needs assessment to provide an understanding of the short-term needs of the broader community and social service sector. This may include deeper dives into the needs of more vulnerable cohorts and issues ? seniors, people with a disability, homeless sector, domestic violence and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Hurriyet Babacan and Allan Dale in collaboration with Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Pandemic; Social and Community Wellbeing

Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective Ltd - Contract Research

NRM Structural Change Review

Indicative Funding
$44,967 over 1 year
The project aims to review recent structural changes undertaken by the Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective LTD. The project will involve 6 stages and include a review of the literature, engagement activities and secondary data collection. The project will create a final report of the findings.
Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Nrm; Structural adjustments

Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance Inc - Contract Research

TCICA Region Telecommunications and Digital Connectivity Strategy for the TCICA region.

Indicative Funding
$70,000 over 1 year
The strategy should identify options for the deployment of fibre, wifi, satellite and mobile technologies across the region to help boost economic growth, digital inclusion and deliver a range of social benefits including the more effective provision of local public services like health and education. It is also expected to support councils to develop their own digital strategies to achieve cost efficiencies and increase community access to council.
Hurriyet Babacan and Narayan Gopalkrishnan in collaboration with Jancy McHugh, Allan Dale and Amber Marshall (Cairns Institute, College of Arts, Society & Education and Queensland University of Technology)
Digital connectivity; Northern Australia

Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd - Contract Research

Governance and Leadership Capacity Building

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 1 year
This project builds the capacity and governance of Cape York Natural Resource Management through a range of activities including training, research and development and mentoring.
Hurriyet Babacan in collaboration with Jennifer McHugh (Cairns Institute)
Cape York; Natural Resource Management; Capacity building

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Reframing Smart Supply Chains in Northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$90,000 over 1 year
The project involves a renewed examination of supply chains (SC) in Northern Australia (NA), with a view to develop alternative models of SC management which are effective, smart and agile. The processes of globalisation, new types of consumer demand, and next-generation digital technologies are bringing disruption with associated risks. Facilitative and smart SC will be a catalyst for greenfield and ongoing development in NA. While this project will focus on agriculture, the benefits of effective SC to areas such as aquaculture, tourism, energy, defence services, and health and human services will also be considered.
Hurriyet Babacan, Pascal Tremblay and Jancy McHugh (Cairns Institute and Charles Darwin University)
Economic Development; Supply Chains; Northern Australia development

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  • ReStorying: Place (in)Vested Governance (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Student Agency Approach to Classroom Engagement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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