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Theme Lead, Sustainable and Prosperous, Public Policy Institute; President of the Georgraphical Society of NSW; Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Western Sydney University

Dr Rae Dufty-Jones is an economic and social geographer at Western Sydney University. She is currently the Co-Lead of the 'Sustainable and Prosperous' Theme in the Public Policy Institute (2020-2022) and President of the Geographical Society of New South Wales (2018-2021).

Rae's research interests and expertise include: Australian housing policy and internal migration; peri-urban economic development; the restructuring of horticultural industries; New Immigration Destinations (international migrants settling in rural and regional communities) and rural youth migration. Her research work has been funded by nationally competitive grants including the Australian Research Counci (ARC); the Australian Housing and Urban Research Instititute (AHURI) and the federal Department of Environment.

Rae's current research projects include: 'The locational aspirations of public housing tenants listing on the "Our House Swap" website' and the 'Werrington Park Corporate Centre Evaluation'.

At Western Sydney University Rae teaches the history and theory of planning (Managing Cities 101633) and coordinates the placement program for WSU planning students. She has also taught urban studies and economic geography.

Before joining WSU in 2010, Rae was previous employed as a Lecturer in Geography and Planning at the University of New England (2008-2010) after completing her PhD at the University of New South Wales (2008).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Western Sydney


  • 2008 
    University of New South Wales, PhD/human geography