Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay

Ph.D. (Economics), M.A. (Economics), B.Bus (Tourism)

Associate Professor in Northern Australian Development

Pascal is an economist undertaking research connected to Northern Australia’s development. He has been in the Northern Territory for nearly 30 years starting at the former Northern Territory University and lecturing in economics and later tourism and hospitality. He had previously taught at the University of Tasmania, the University of British Columbia and the Université du Québec à Montréal. His Ph.D. dissertation (University of Melbourne, 1998) examined the nature of economic coordination in the tourism system, and the role played by distinct inter-firm networks supporting differentiated learning strategies. It was awarded the TTRA W.B. Keeling tourism dissertation award for 1996-1998.

He became Chair of Tourism (within NTU and subsequently CDU) from 2002 until 2010, during which the Tourism Research Group was established from which a vibrant tourism research agenda grew, focused on Northern and Central Australia. Tourism research which he headed at that time covered the areas of strategic destination positioning, the use of wildlife (and crocodiles) as tourism attractions, inter-firm collaboration strategies for remote tourism regions, the economic value of parks and other natural/ cultural assets through tourism, and various aspects of Indigenous Tourism development. Most of these grew out of partnerships with a number of CRCs, direct tourism industry involvement, Tourism NT and other NTG departments.

From 2010-2014, he has been employed by the Department of Education in the Northern Territory Government as Senior Manager for Research and Evaluation leading the development of the school education research  management process and undertaking a number of internal evaluations. He  was active as a private consultant undertaking mainly assessments of large-scale programs and evaluation projects undertaken for various agencies involving the Australian and NT government, NGOs and national advocacy groups.

As an economist within the Northern Institute, his current research interests relate to the themes of northern economic expansion and regional inclusion; focusing on the development of economic institutions and business models beneficial to the expansion of economic capabilities (conventional skills and entrepreneurial competencies) in north Australia, with a specific interest around economic inclusions of people living in remote regions. From a disciplinary perspective, he has a specific interest in capabilities-based, evolutionary, cognitive-Austrian and institutional approaches to economic development.

Research Interests

  • Application of the theory of economic capabilities to Northern Development 
  • The influence of alternative business models on regional innovation and the acquisition of economic capabilities in Northern Australia
  • Consultancies linked to applied sectoral economics (transport, health, education, infrastructure, workforce development)
  • Application of marketplace literacy research to remote Indigenous contexts, extending to consumer and financial capabilities
  • Regional Economic Development and Geography themes pertinent to Northern Australia
  • Tourism and arts markets in Northern Australia

Current Research Projects

  • Developing consumer capabilities in and around remote communities - To assess and design institutions enhancing Indigenous and other remote residents’ marketplace literacy,  to enable greater financial and economic inclusion in the mix-mainstream economy
  • Does public sector innovation in remote regions lead to crowding out? - To evaluate the institutional mix most likely to optimize the retention of capabilities in northern Australia
  • Wild rice Indigenous enterprises - Assessing business models and industry attributes appropriate effective in enhancing economic capabilities in remote regions
  • Investigating young jobseekers in regions concurrently facing high skills shortages - To understand the motivations and strategies of young jobseekers, and attitudes towards seasonal (harvest labour) and casual work (hospitality)

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision

  • Rens Van der Vegt (PhD): Can risk governance be improved through public engagement? A case study of the Australia Pacific LNG Project in Gladstone Harbour.
  • Matt Willis (PhD): Planning for a C change: Using realist synthesis to determine methods for controlling the effects of volatile contexts in the evaluation of criminal justice programs.
  • Ilonka Guse (PhD): What work related factors have an influence on the decision of older employees in the NT Public Service to continue working past retirement age?
  • Christine Tarbett-Buckley (PhD): A Comparative Study of Policy and Systems for Cultural Heritage Management

Link to Research Publications

Pascal Tremblay


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