About us

The Centre for Jobs & Regional Economy is a think-tank focused on canvassing and exploring policy solutions to deliver good jobs for the regions.

Our core policy position is influenced by a commitment to economic pragmatism.

We work actively with policymakers, academics, businesses, non-governmental organisations, and everyday Australians to develop and advocate policy goals.

Management Team

CEO & Principal Researcher

Bernard Goh has worked in public policy, all levels of government, media and the private sector. He currently works for Senator Helen Polley and serves on the board of the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania.

He looks forward to completing his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tasmania by the end of 2020. He has studied abroad at the Unversity of Nebraska Omaha in diplomacy, civic engagement and public policy.

Bernard is convinced that there needs to be a balanced approach in growing the economy and ensuring equitable access to these economic fruits.

He firmly believes in evidence-based arguments for economic development and the importance of pragmatic social justice. In his sparetime, Bernard works on a couple of startups.

Strategy Director & Editor-at-Large

Elliott Bell is an Adviser to Senator Helen Polley, Senator for Tasmania. Elliott holds an Honours Degree from the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

His thesis studied the power of interests groups in affecting social regulatory policy. After being inspired by Dahl’s Who Governs? Elliott has previously lived in South Carolina studying regional economies.

Elliott is firmly of the view that the best public policy formulation only occurs with first rate empirical evidence and rigorous community consultation.

Elliott’s keen interest in job creation, international politics and market forces helps form his firm belief that although international forces affect market change and democratic thought, all politics is always local.    

Content Director & Researcher

Geordie Wilson is a writer and researcher, having contributed to reporting on the Banking Royal Commission, deregulation of the public sector and labour markets, and other topics. He holds a JD from Melbourne University and is due for admission as a solicitor in 2020.

Technology Advisor & Researcher

A programmer by profession, Shouvojit Sarker genuinely believes in the capability of technology to improve our lives and solve complex problems. As a pragmatist, Shouvojit also realises the importance of competent policy direction and understands that technology is a mere tool that ultimately is used by humans to generate outcomes. Thus his passion lies in constructing and improving policies concerning the technological world, as well as use of cutting age solutions to generate factual insights and make well-informed policy decisions.

Equity Director & Researcher

Stephen Cronin grew up in regional Tasmania and now divides his time between Launceston and Hobart. For the past four years, Stephen has worked in the higher education sector, currently as Senior Resident Tutor at Jane Franklin Hall. He is completing his final year of a combined degree in law, politics and policy at the University of Tasmania.

Stephen has worked in public policy, government and politics. He has a particular interest in education and employment, including for people with disability and mental health issues. Stephen has served on a number of boards and committees including the Premier of Tasmania’s Disability Advisory Council; the College of Arts, Law and Education Board at the University of Tasmania; and a number of committees of the Jane Franklin Hall College Council. He has also been involved in a number of political campaigns and worked for a period in the Office of Senator Helen Polley.