Jennifer Cleary

Jennifer Cleary

School of Economics and Public Policy

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


Dr Jen Cleary is a geographer, with a background spanning vocational and higher education, regional, rural and remote research, development, social services and social policy. She is currently the CEO of Centacare Catholic Country SA (CCCSA), a for purpose organisation providing social services in regional, rural and remote communities in South Australia, across a footprint of some 980,000 km2.

Dr Cleary is a member of the SEGRA (Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia) National Steering Committee; SACOSS Policy Advisory Council and the TAFESA Board. She has led major national research projects with the University of SA; the University of Adelaide and the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. She continues to write and publish in her areas of interest, including rural, regional and remote social and economic policy, development; governance; and decision-making. Her research strengths are participatory research and community engagement; participatory planning and social impact assessment.

Dr Cleary is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise and knowledge of rural, regional and remote social and economic development. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of SA

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Cleary, J. (2020). Post COVID-19 in rural, regional and remote Australia. Eureka Street, 30(9), 16-19.
    2018 Fordham, A. E., Robinson, G. M., Blackwell, B. D., & Cleary, J. (2018). Contributing to sustainable community livelihoods: corporate social responsibility programmes of resource companies. Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia, 27(3), 1-21.
    DOI Scopus4
    2018 Fordham, A. E., Robinson, G., Cleary, J., Blackwell, B. D., & van Leeuwen, J. (2018). Use of a multiple capital framework to identify improvements in the CSR strategies of Australian resource companies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 200, 704-730.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS5
    2017 van Caenegem, W., Cleary, J., & Treguier, L. (2017). The Protection of Origin Marks in China and Japan. Australian Intellectual Property Journal, 27(3), 131-146.
    2016 Cleary, J., & Hogan, A. (2016). Localism and decision-making in regional Australia: the power of people like us. Journal of Rural Studies, 48, 33-40.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5
    2013 Raymond, C. M., & Cleary, J. (2013). A tool and process that facilitate community capacity building and social learning for natural resource management. Ecology and Society, 18(1), 15 pages.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16
    2011 McAllister, R. R. J., Holcombe, S., Davies, J., Cleary, J., Boyle, A., Tremblay, P., . . . Rola-Rubzen, M. F. (2011). Desert networks: A conceptual model for the impact of scarce, variable and patchy resources. Journal of Arid Environments, 75(2), 164-173.
    DOI Scopus12
    2010 Carson, D., & Cleary, J. (2010). Virtual realities: How remote dwelling populations become more remote over time despite technological improvements. Sustainability, 2(5), 1282-1296.
    DOI Scopus10
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2017 van Caenegem, W., & Cleary, J. (Eds.) (2017). The Importance of Place: Geographical Indications as a Tool for Local and Regional Development. Springer.
    2017 van Caenegem, W., & Cleary, J. (Eds.) (2017). The Importance of Place: Geographical Indications as a Tool for Local and Regional Development. Springer.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2017 Daniell, K., Hogan, A., & Cleary, J. (2017). Breaking Down the ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Approach to Rural and Regional Policy: Enhancing Policy Initiatives through Multi-level Governance. In K. Daniell, & A. Kay (Eds.), Multi-level Governance: Conceptual challenges and case studies from Australia (First ed., pp. 403-428). Canberra: ANU Press.
    2017 Cleary, J., & van Caenegem, W. (2017). Mitigating 'One-size-fits-all' Approaches to Australian Agriculture: Is there a case to be made for Geographical Indications?. In W. van Caenegam, & J. Cleary (Eds.), The Importance of Place: Geographical Indications as a Tool for Local and Regional Development (1st ed., pp. 111-145). Cham Switzerland: Springer Nature.
    DOI
    2016 Carson, D., Cleary, J., de la barre, S., Einermann, M., & Marjavaara, R. (2016). New mobilities - new economies? Temporary populations and local innovation capacity in sparsely populated areas. In A. Taylor, D. Carson, P. Ensign, L. Huskey, R. Rasmussen, & G. Saxinger (Eds.), Settlements at the Edge: Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations (1 ed., pp. 178-206). Cheletenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
    DOI Scopus8
    2014 Hogan, A., Cleary, J., Lockie, S., Young, M., & Daniell, K. (2014). Localism and the policy goal of securing the socio- economic viability of rural and regional Australia. In A. Hogan, & M. Young (Eds.), Rural and Regional Futures (pp. 260-281). Routledge.
    DOI Scopus2
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