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Ms Diana Castorina

Ms Diana Castorina

Ms Diana Castorina

PhD Candidate (Res)

College of Business, Law and Governance - JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas

Diana is both a PhD candidate and sessional academic in the College of Business, Law and Governance at James Cook University. Her teaching experience in the higher education sector spans ten years across both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings. Diana is a recipient of the Sessional Staff Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for the years 2010 and 2019 at JCU.

Diana is a member of the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia and a Postgraduate Fellow at The Cairns Institute at JCU.  Her research interests are in the area of understanding individual decision-making, sustainability of regions and spatial econometrics. She is currently completing her PhD in economics in the area of interregional migration in Australia where her overall research objective seeks to understand what makes people want to stay, move away from or move into a region. The potential outcomes of this research includes identification of individual factors (such as gender, age, post school qualifications) which influence migration decisions of different types of people and identification of regional characteristics (economic, social and environmental factors) which serve to attract (or repel) different types of people to different regions.

Diana also draws on her experience within the private sector where she worked as a research economist undertaking social and economic impact assessments.