Paul Collits is a “pracademic” who has worked in regional development analysis, policy and practice for 25 years, in the three Eastern States of Australia and now in New Zealand. He has worked in universities, parliaments, all three levels of government in Australia and in consulting. His longer career of 30 years has also included working in research and analysis in government at national level, industry and politics. Currently he is Economic Development Projects Manager in Napier and Economic Development Adviser for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council NZ. He also has been an Adjunct Professor in the Business School at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has been co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. He is a Past President of the ANZ section of the Regional Science Association International, Australasia’s leading scholarly association for regional development and analysis. He completed BA (Hons) and MA degrees in political science at ANU and a PhD at the University of New England in geography and planning.