Jim Cavaye, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Professor, Program Director | Institute for Resilient Regions

University of Southern Queensland | Australia



Dr. Cavaye is an accomplished practitioner, educator and researcher in community development with 35 years of experience working with rural and regional communities. He has assisted more than 130 local communities across Australia and internationally with community appraisals, community engagement processes, community planning and economic development strategies. Globally respected and well published in the field of rural community development with a particular interest in applied research in rural tourism capacity building, Jim is our first and only International Fellow, but hopefully not for long.

As Professor of Regional Community Development at the University of Southern Queensland, he leads a collaborative research program addressing key issues for regional communities. He was formerly a well-known consultant and a Principal Rural Development Officer with the Queensland Government. He is a board member of the Community Development Society and an international speaker and author.



  • Rural Community Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Economic Development


  • Doctorate, University of Wisconsin



  • ACIAR Value Chains and Community Development in the Philippines
  • CCSG Interactions between Agriculture and Coal Seam Gas
  • Central West Queensland Digital Research Study