Professor Dean Carson

Ph.D (Environmental Science and Management), M.Science/IT, M.A. (Sociology), B.A.

Senior Research Fellow

Dean is currently leading an international ‘northern research’ collaboration involving Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University, the Sweden Centre for Rural Medicine (GMC) Storuman, and Akademi Norr, Sweden. Dean is currently based in Swedish Lapland contributing to international research collaborations focussed on small area demography, and the recruitment and retention of professional staff to rural and remote areas.

Dean has spent the past 20 years researching who lives in, works in, and visits sparsely populated areas, and how and why these patterns change over time. Dean has worked with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics Unit with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the National Rural General Practice Study run out of Monash University in the mid 1990s, as Head of the Centre for Regional Tourism Research at Southern Cross University, and Head of Population and Tourism Studies at Charles Darwin University. He is currently Chair of the SPADE (Sparsely Populated Areas Demography) research network.

Research Interests

Dean's current interests involve understanding social, economic and demographic change at the local level, and developing new pathways for local people to engage in the health workforce.

  • Mapping population change at the local level (using GIS, agent based modelling, and microsimulation)
  • Analysing the flows of labour into, through, and out of rural and remote regions in Australia
  • Comparing patterns of social, economic and demographic change in rural and remote Australia with those in Canada, Alaska, and the sparsely populated areas of Europe

Key Responsibilities

  • Examining demographic and social change in Northern Territory Indigenous Communities
  • Working with the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC looking at the wellbeing of rural communities across Australia
  • Investigating new pathways for entry into the health workforce for Aboriginal people
  • Modelling the lifetime mobility of rural and remote health professionals
  • Examining the impacts of new media technologies in remote Aboriginal Arts Centres on the lives and livelihoods of Aboriginal people and communities
  • Supervise a number of graduate research students and manage a research student exchange program with the University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria
  • Teach a masters course on "Human Geography: A remote perspective" with Charles Darwin University
  • Teach "Cooperations Management", a masters course with the tourism program at the University of Applied Sciences, Krems (Austria)
  • Supervise a number of graduate students whose research is about human activity systems in rural and remote locations

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Publications & Resources

Books

Bird, D., Govan, J., Murphy, H., Harwood, S., Haynes, K., Carson, D.B., et al. (2013). Future change in ancient worlds: Indigenous adaptation in northern Australia. Gold Coast, QLD: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Book Chapters

Carson, D.B., Sköld, P., Carson, D.A., & Nilsson, L. (in press). The local demography of resource economies: long term implications of natural resource industries for demographic development in sparsely populated areas. In A. Taylor, D.B. Carson, P. Ensign, et al (eds.), Settlements at the edge: remote human settlements in developed nations. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Carson, D.B., Wenghofer, E.F., Timony, P.E., Schoo, A., Berggren, P., Charters, B., White, D., Vuin, A., & Garrett,  J. (in press). Recruitment and retention of professional labour – the health workforce at settlement level. In A. Taylor, D. B. Carson, P. Ensign, et al (eds.), Settlements at the edge: remote human settlements in developed nations. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Peters, P. A., Taylor, A., & Carson. D.B.  (in press). Modelling settlement futures. In A. Taylor, D. B. Carson, P. Ensign, et al (Eds.), Settlements at the edge: remote human settlements in developed nations. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Haynes, K., Bird, D., & Carson. D.B. (2014). Indigenous experiences and responses to Cyclone Tracy. In J. Palutikof, S. Boulter, J. Barnett & D. Rissik (eds.), Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation. Oxford: John Wiley and Sons.

Carson, D.A., Carson. D.B., & Hodge, H. (2015). Understanding local innovation systems in peripheral tourism destinations. In A. A. Lew (ed.), Managing and Adapting to Global Change in Tourism Places. New York: Routledge.

Carson, D.B., & Stehlik, D. (2012). Temporary guides and long term policy challenges: the view from remote Australia. In S. Sjöblom, K. Andersson, T. Marsden & S. Skerratt (eds.), Sustainability and short-term policies: improving governance in spatial policy interventions (pp. 81-98). Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

Ali, A., & Carson, D.B. (2011). Information and communications technology (ICT) and the challenge of sustainable self-drive tourism. In B. Prideaux & D. Carson (eds.), Drive Tourism: Trends and Emerging Markets (pp. 124-145). Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Barakat, B., Carson, D.B., Taylor, A., Basu, R., & Wang, L. (2011). Education, remoteness and population dynamics. In D. Carson, R.O. Rasmussen, P. Ensign, L. Huskey, A. Taylor (eds.), Demography at the Edge: Remote human populations in developed nations (pp. 255-270). Farnham, England: Ashgate.

Carson, D.B., & Cartan, G. (2011). Touring routes - types, successes and failures: an international review. In B. Prideaux & D. Carson (eds.), Drive Tourism: Trends and Emerging Markets (pp. 296-310). Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Carson, D.B., & Prideaux, B. (2011). What now? Concluding remarks. In B. Prideaux & D. Carson (eds.), Drive Tourism: Trends and Emerging Markets (pp. 369-374). Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Taylor, A., & Carson, D.B. (2011). Four-wheel-drive tourism in desert Australia: the charge of the 'might brigade'?. In B. Prideaux & D. Carson (eds.), Drive Tourism: Trends and Emerging Markets (pp. 224-245). Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Carson, D.B., (2011). Population policies at the edge: the demographic ambitions of frontiers. In D. Carson, R.O. Rasmussen, P. Ensign, L. Huskey & A. Taylor (eds.), Demography at the Edge: Remote human populations in developed nations (pp. 321-332). Farnham, England: Ashgate.

Carson, D.B., Ensign, P., Rasmussen, R.O., & Taylor, A. (2011). Perspectives on 'demography at the edge'. In D. Carson, R.O. Rasmussen, P. Ensign, L. Huskey & A. Taylor (eds.), Demography at the Edge: Remote human populations in developed nations (pp. 3-20). Farnham, England: Ashgate.

Harwood, S., Carson, D.B., Marino, E., & McTurk, N. (2011). Weather hazards, place and resilience in the remote Norths. In D. Carson, R.O. Rasmussen, P. Ensign, L. Huskey & A. Taylor (eds.), Demography at the Edge: Remote human populations in developed nations (pp. 307-320). Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

Martel, C., Carson, D.B., Lundholm, E., & Muller, D. (2011). Bubbles and Craters: Analysing Ageing Patterns of Remote Area Populations. In D. Carson, R.O. Rasmussen, P. Ensign, L. Huskey & A. Taylor (eds.), Demography at the Edge: Remote human populations in developed nations (pp. 107-124). Farnham, England: Ashgate.

Prideaux, B., & Carson, D.B. (2011). The structure and role of drive tourism. In B. Prideaux & D. Carson (eds.), Drive Tourism: Trends and Emerging Markets (pp. 3-13). Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Carson, D.B., & Schmallegger, D. (2011). Drive tourism: a view from the road. In B. Prideaux & D. Carson (eds.), Drive Tourism: Trends and Emerging Markets (pp. 358-368). Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Carson, D.B., & Wellstead, A. (2016). Government with a Cast of Dozens: Policy Capacity Risks and Policy Work in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(2), 162–175.  doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12124. 

Schoo, A., & Carson, D.B. (2016). Towards Equity and sustainability of rural and remote health services access: Supporting social capital and integrated organisational and professional development. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 1-5. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1359-9.

Zander, K.K., Taylor, A., & Carson, D.B. (2016). Impacts of Service and Infrastructure Provision on Indigenous Temporary Mobility in the Northern Territory of Australia: Insights from the 2011 Census. Population, Space and Place, 22(1), 99-116. doi: 10.1002/psp.1871.

Carson, D.B., Bidargaddi, N., Schrader, G., Allison, S., Jones, G., Bastiampillai, T., & Strobel, J. (2016). The geography of primary mental health care through the Better Access initiative in South Australia 2006-2010. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(3), 188-192. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12237.

Taylor, A., Carson, D.B., Carson, D.A., & Brokensha, H. (2015). Walkabout tourism: The Indigenous tourism market for Outback AustraliaJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 24, 9-17. doi: 10.1016/j.jhtm.2015.04.002.

Carson, D.B., Schoo, A., & Berggren, P. (2015). The 'Rural Pipeline' and Retention of Rural Health Professionals: a comparison between six northern European countries. Health Policy, 119(12), 1550-1556. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2015.08.001.

Carson, D.B., & Wellstead, A. (2015). Government with a Cast of Dozens: Policy Capacity Risks and Policy Work in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Public Administration, doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12124.

Carson, D.A., & Carson, D.B. (2014). Mobilities and path dependence: challenges for tourism and 'attractive' industry development in a remote company town. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 14(4), 460-479.

Carson, D., Carson, D.B., & Hodge, H. (2014). Understanding Local Innovation Systems in Peripheral Tourism Destinations. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and environment, 16(3), 457-473. doi: 10.1080/14616688.2013.868030

Carson, D.A., Carson, D.B., & Lundmark, L. (2014). Tourism and mobilities in sparsely populated areas: towards a framework and research agenda. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism,14(4), 353-366.

Zander, K.K., Taylor, A., & Carson, D.B. (2014). Impacts of Service and Infrastructure Provision on Indigenous Temporary Mobility in the Northern territory of Australia: Insights from the 2011 Census. Population, Space and Place, 1(1), 1-18

Zander, K.K., Dunnett, D., Brown, C., Campion, O., Daniels, C., Daniels, G., Nelson, E., Daniels, G., Blitner, G., Carson, D.B., & Garnett, S.T. (2014) Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resources Management and Mobility in Arnhem Land, Northern AustraliaHuman Ecology, 42(1), 443-453. DOI 10.1007/s10745-014-9657-5.

Taylor, A., & Carson, D.B. (2014). It's Raining Men in Darwin: Gendered Effects from the Construction of Major Oil and Gas Projects. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 9(1), 24-40.

Taylor, A., Carson, D.B., & Carson, D.A. (2014). 'Walkabout Tourism': is there an Indigenous tourism market in Outback Australia? Athens Journal of Tourism, 1(4), 239-252.

Carson, D.B., & Carson, D. (2014). Local economies of mobility in sparsely populated areas: Cases from Australia's spine, Journal of Rural Studies, 36, 340-349.

Harwood, S., Carson, D.B., Wensing, E., & Jackson, L. (2014). Natural Hazard Resilient Communities and Land Use Planning: The Limitations of Planning Governance in Tropical Australia. Journal of the Geography of Natural Disasters, 4(2), 15.

Voit, K, & Carson, D.B. (2014). Post-retirement intentions of nurses and midwives living and working in the Northern Territory of Australia. Rural and Remote Health, 14(3 Art No 2339), 1-9.

Carson, D.B., & Koch, A. (2013). Divining the local: Mobility, scale and fragmented development. Local Economy, 28(3), 304-319. doi: 10.1177/0269094212474869.

Martel, C., Carson, D., & Taylor, A. (2013). Changing patterns of migration to Australia's Northern Territory: Evidence of new forms of escalator migration to frontier regions? Migration Letters, 10(1), 101-114.

Heidelbeer, D., & Carson, D.B. (2013). Experiences of non-resident nurses in Australia's remote Northern Territory. Rural and Remote Health, 13(2464), 1-12.

Bird, D., Bell, L., Carson, D., & Yuhun, P. (2013). Migration as an Adaptation to Climate Change for Remote Indigenous Communities: What might we expect? Inner Asia Studies in the Humanities, 2, 92-111.

Carson, D.B., & Carson, D. (2013). Mobilising Labour in Remote 'Boom' Towns for Economic Diversification: The case of Tennant Creek, Australia. Inner Asia Studies in the Humanities, 2, 31-44.

Carson, D.B., Taylor, A., & Carson, D. (2013). Indigenous Long Grassers: Transients or problem tourists? Annals of Tourism Research, 42. doi: 10.1016/j.annals.2013.01.009.

Kainz, T., Carson, D., & Carson, D.B. (2012). Temporary Indigenous mobility in remote South Australia: Understanding the challenges for urban based health and social service delivery. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 7(1), 16-35.

Carson, D.B., & Koster, R. (2012). Addressing the problem of Indigenous disadvantage in remote areas of developed nations: a plea for more comparative research. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 7(1), 110-125.

Voit, K., & Carson, D.B. (2012). Retaining older experienced nurses in the Northern Territory of Australia: a qualitative study exploring opportunities for post-retirement contributions. Rural and Remote Health, 12(2).

Taylor, A., Larson, S., Stoeckl, N., & Carson, D.B. (2011). The haves and have nots in Australia's Tropical North - new perspectives on a persisting problem. Geographical Research, 49(1), 13-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2010.00648.x.

Carson, D.B., & McConnel, F. (2011). Indigenous health and community services employment in remote Northern Territory: a baseline examination of 2006 and 2001 Census data. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19(5), 255-258. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01220.x.

Carson, D., & Carson, D.B. (2011). Why tourism may not be everybody's business: the challenge of tradition in resource peripheries. Rangeland Journal, 33(4), 373-383. doi: 10.1071/RJ11026.

Carson, D.B. (2011). Political economy, demography and development in Australia's Northern Territory.The Canadian geographer. Le Géographe canadien [The Canadian Geographer], 55(2), 226-242. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-0064.2010.00321.x.

Carson, D.B. (2011). Skilled labour migration flows to Australia's Northern Territory 2001-2006: beyond periphery? Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 14(1), 15-33.

Schmallegger, D., Taylor, A., & Carson, D.B. (2011). Rejuvenating outback tourism through market diversification: the case of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. International Journal of Tourism Research, 13(4), 384-399. doi: 10.1002/jtr.851.

McConnel, F., Demos, S., & Carson, D.B. (2011). Is current education for health disciplines part of the failure to improve remote Aboriginal health? Focus on Health Professional Education: a Multidisciplinary Journal, 13(1), 75-83.

Conference Papers & Presentations

Porter, R., Schoo, A., & Carson, D.B. (2015). Occupational and Spatial Mobility of Rural Physiotherapists: Insights for workforce development. 13th National Rural Health Conference. Darwin, Australia.

Walters, L., Carson, D., Porter, R., Greenhill J., & Schoo, A. (2014). Network theory: a new method of evaluating the impact of rural training pipelines? Rural Medicine Australia. Sydney, Australia.

Research Reports

Hogan, A., Carson, D., Cleary, J., Donnelly, D., Houghton, K., Phillips, R., & Tanton, R. (2014). Community Adaptability Tool: Securing the wealth and wellbeing of rural communities. Canberra, Australia, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. 14/041.

Hogan, A., Carson,S. Cleary, J., Carson, D.A., Mercer, R., Donnelly, D., Houghton, K., Tanton, R., & Phillips, R. (2014). The Community Adaptability Tool - guide: A guide to using the Community Adaptability Tool to secure the wealth and wellbeing of rural communities. Canberra, Australia, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. 14/042.

Skerratt, S., Atterton, J., Brodie, E., Carson, S.  Heggie, R., McCracken, D., & Thomson, S. (2014). Rural Scotland in Focus 2014. Edinburgh, Rural Policy Centre, SRUC, Scotland's Rural College.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

Professional Positions

  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Applied Sciences, Krems (Austria)
  • Adjunct Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)
  • Visiting Fellow with the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden)

Awards

  • 2016, Sam Richardson Award for the Most Influential Paper: Australian Journal of Public Administration/Institute of Public Administration Australia. 
  • 2012, Recipient of the 2012 Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Sweden (Swedish Exchange Program Fellowship)

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Changing migration patterns of Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory (PhD)
  • Patterns of population ageing in the Northern Territory (PhD)
  • Pathways to work in the health professions for remote dwelling Aboriginal people (PhD)
  • Engaging nurses in nursing workforce research (Masters)
  • Peri-urban development around tropical cities (Masters)
  • Prospects for tourism development based on 4WD touring routes (PhD)
  • Social and economic impacts of new media technologies used in Aboriginal Art Centres (PhD)
Professor Dean Carson

Contacts

T: +46 (0)90 786 6303
E: dean.carson@umu.se

Arctic Research Centre
Umeå University, Sweden

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