Adjunct Associate, University of Canberra

With specialisation in integrating economics with social-ecological context, Leonie’s role as an associate academic and as leader of Major Research Projects at the Regional Australia Institute builds on her earlier work investigating why communities adapt and transform to achieve sustainable futures. Having lived in five Australian States and Territories in both regional and metropolitan cities, as well as overseas, Leonie is passionate about working with people in the regions and understanding ‘the local story’.


  • 2016–2017
    Associate, IGPA - University of Canberra
  • 2016–2017
    Leader, Major Research Projects, The Regional Australia Institute
  • 2012–2015
    Senior Research Fellow, IGPA - University of Canberra


  • 2010 
    Australian Institute of Company Directors, GAICD
  • 2003 
    University of Queensland, PhD