Dr Riccardo Welters obtained his Masters degree at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands in August 1997. After completing his Masters degree, Riccardo was engaged as a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), which is based at the University of Maastricht. He subsequently received scholarship support to pursue a PhD study at the University of Maastricht, titled “Efficiency of Employment Subsidies & Firms’ Recruitment Strategies”. Riccardo completed his doctoral dissertation in May 2005.

He then accepted a Fellowship at the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), which is located at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Subsequently he accepted a position at JCU early 2008. While at JCU, he has furthered his research agenda in areas relating to socio-economic disadvantage.

He also lead consultancy projects for Advance Cairns (FIFO workforce in Cairns: Perspectives from FIFO workers and potential FIFO workers – 2012); for Townsville Enterprise Limited (Has Townsville ‘come of age? – 2011 and North East Minerals Province Economic Potential – 2010) and for the Australian Defence Organisation (A holistic analysis of the socio-economic impact of the Australian Defence Organisation and its interaction with the city of Townsville – 2009).

  • BX2124: Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy (Level 2; TSV)
  • BX3023: Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EC5205: Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EC5214: Case Studies in Applied Economics and Finance (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5217: Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5600: Independent Study (Level 5; TSV)
  • Socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Un(der)employment
  • Casualisation of the labour market
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Regional economic growth
  • 2016 to present - Associate Professor in Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer in Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2014 - Head Academic Group - Economics & Marketing, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Head of Economics Discipline, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Course coordinator - Graduate Diploma of Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Course Coordinator - Bachelor of Economics (Honours), JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Course coordinator - Master of Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Lecturer in Economics, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2005 to 2008 - Research Fellow / Lecturer in Economics, University of Newcastle (Newcastle, Australia)
  • 2001 to 2005 - PhD student, Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 1999 to 2001 - Associate Lecturer in Economics, Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
  • 1997 to 1999 - Research Consultant, Maastricht University (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - Fellow - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (University of Maastricht, the Netherlands)
  • 2008 - Fellow - Centre of Full Employment and Equity (University of Newcastle, Australia)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 49+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Riccardo Welters from 2005 onwards.

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QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Tenders

Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE)

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$508,727 over 3 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, Rob Cramb, Helen Ross, Stewart Lockie, Zhang-Yue Zhou, Trina Myers, Riccardo Welters, Diane Jarvis and Jennifer McHugh (University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University, Cairns Institute, The University of Queensland, College of Business and Law & Governance)
Rural Economies

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods for Northern Australia. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Propensity Score Matching for Enhanced Valuation of Flexible Learning in the Neoliberal Australian Political Economy. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • People Building Stronger Regions: an Empirical Investigation into the Determinants of Migration (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Quantifiable Evidence of the Integrative Model of Behavioural Prediction and Change (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Teaching 'Hope': Incorporating Hope Theory in Australian Law Students' Academic Experience (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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