Chief Economist, Regional Australia Institute

Dr Kim Houghton manages the policy and research portfolio to ensure the Regional Australia Institute’s work has practical application and supports a better policy environment and more vibrant regional economies. Having worked on regional economic development in Australia for almost 20 years, Kim has a passion for engaging, motivating, informing and connecting entrepreneurial business owners.


Dr Houghton’s previous roles include: Associate, Elton Consulting; Chief Economist, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia; Policy Officer, Economic Planning Advisory Commission; Executive Officer, Australian Japan Research Centre and Policy Officer, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Independent and informed by both research and ongoing dialogue with the community, the RAI develops policy and advocates for change to build a stronger economy and better quality of life in regional Australia – for the benefit of all Australians.


Monday 14th Sept

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