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Research Biography

John Spoehr is Pro-Vice Chancellor - Research Impact at Flinders University. He is also Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute and leads a multi-discplinary team focusing on industry and workplace transformation in the context of technological change and innovation.

John has written extensively on economic and industry development, employment, unemployment and the socio-economic impact of change. He is Edtior of 'State of South Australia', published by Wakefield Press and a columnist for the Adelaide Review.

He co-founded the Stretton Centre, a regional innovation facility in Northern Adelaide, in partnership with the City of Playford, the Government of South Australia and the Australian Government. More recently he led the establishment of the Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub - a node of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.

As Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Impact he is actively involved in the development of industry, government and community research partnerships at a local, national and international level.

Research Interests

  • Economic and industry development
  • Industry 4.0
  • Industrial and workplace change
  • Human dimensions of technology
  • Socio-economic impacts of shocks
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Industrial transformation
  • Urban renewal
  • Design and creativity
  • Inequality
  • Sustainability


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