Associate Professor Ian Gray's current research focuses on rail transport and its relationship to regional development and social issues. His latest publication, with Dr Merrilyn Crichton and published in the Journal of Social Exclusion, examines the social impacts of the cessation of train services.
Ian has continued to push for the revival of regional rail. To that end, he has helped instigate three successful seminars on the subject in regional NSW. The first, held in Wagga in 2007, the second seminar, held in Blayney, May 10, 2013 and the third event was held on September 17, 2014 at CSU's Albury-Wodonga campus. He delivered a presentation at SEGRA 2015 on "Rail Freight for Regional Development".
Video on" Regional Rail Development" Revised in June 2016. Produced from research presented at SEGRA 2015.
Video produced from Getting on the Rails Symposium, held at the Albury-Wodonga CSU campus in September 2014.
He has previously conducted many research projects includine one on regional transport for the Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales and a national project on regionalism funded by the Australian Research Council.
Bachelor of Arts (Geography), Macquarie University, 1977
Graduate Diploma in Recreation Planning, Canberra College of Advanced Education, 1979
Master of Arts (Sociology) ,The Australian National University, 1984
PhD (Sociology), The Australian National University, 1989
Peer Reviewed Papers
Gray, I and Crichton, M. (2014) Replacing trains with coaches: implications for social inclusion in rural NSW Journal of Social Inclusion, 5(2), pp 89 – 113. https://www104.griffith.edu.au/index.php/inclusion/article/view/549
McLean, D. and Gray, I. (2012) 'History for Policy: What is the value of history for the in-principle assessment of government intervention in rural Australia?'Rural Society, 21 (3): 190-197
Gray, I. (2004). A future for regional passenger trains in New South Wales. New South Wales Local Government and Shires Association and Centre for Rural Social Research, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Full report PDF, Appendices PDF
Gray, I. (2015) Rail Freight for Regional Development, presented at SEGRA conference, Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Reviving Regional Railways, Gray,I. ILWS. (2008-ongoing) Project details
What are the factors affecting the ability of agriculture to attract and retain young people? Gray, I. DPI, Victoria, $14,000 (2011) Project details