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Dr Anthony Kent
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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B. Letters. Human Geography (Hons.); Grad. Dip. Env. & Planning, RMIT; Master Env. Sc., Monash Univ; Ph,D RMIT

Professional experience
Anthony joined CSES in 2011 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the ARC Linkage Project Rural Adjustment or Structural Transformation? Discovering the Destinations of Exiting Farm Families. Previously he was Lecturer of Environment and Planning at RMIT University in 2011, and Research Fellow GAMUT (a collaborative research centre dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable urban transport in Australia and the Asia Pacific region), University of Melbourne. In 2009 he was Coordinator, Online Learning, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, at Curtin University. From 2004 to 2008 he was Administrator of Urban Policy and Research, being Production Coordinator from 2006 of the same journal.

Research interests

  • Asian megacities

  • Sustainable urban form

  • Industrial districts

  • Local labour markets

  • Urban transport.


Journal articles refereed

Kent, A. forthcoming 2013, ‘Through thick or thin? The performance and operation of firms and the institutional thickness model’, Space and Polity.

Kent, A. and Ikopolengo,H. 2011, ‘City profile: Gaborone’, Cities, vol. 28, pp. 478–494.

Kent, A and Mercer, D 2006, 'Australia's mandatory renewable energy target (MRET): An assessment', Energy Policy, vol. 34, no. 9, pp. 1046-1062.

Conference presentations and proceedings

Kent, A. 2009, ‘Local Institutions and Local Economic Development’ paper presented at the State of Australian Cities Conference 09, University of Western Australia, Perth, 24-27 November.

Kent, A. 2007, ‘Industrial Clusters, Local Labour Markets and Innovation: A Case Study of an ‘Unglamourous Industry’ ‘, paper presented to the State of Australian Cities Conference 07, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 28 to 30 November, at http://www.unisa.edu.au/soac2007

Kent, A. 2005, ‘Labour Market Issues in Melbourne’s North’, paper presented at the State of Australian Cities Conference 05, Griffith University, Brisbane, 30 November – 2 December, at