Cluster Development in Practice – Four Part Webinar Series

A special 4-week webinar program showcasing the power of clusters in economic development.

Globally recognised cluster expert, Ifor Ffowcs-Williams will lead this unique program which introduces the relevance and practicalities of economic development centred on a region’s specialisations. The program will share successful experiences from around the world, including the Oceania region. Co-opetition between clusters will be highlighted. There will be opportunities to identify cluster partners across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

All participants will receive a copy of Ifor’s best selling Cluster Development Handbook.

This program is a collaboration between Economic Development Australia, Economic Development New Zealand and the TCI Network – Oceania Chapter.


For policy managers, economic development & support institutions

  • Logic for cluster engagement; emphasis on regional specialisations
  • Roles of national & regional public agencies
  • Connecting cluster development & precincts, hubs, investment & talent attraction
  • Knowledge institutions as core partners
  • Prioritising clusters for public support
  • Measurement & evaluation

For cluster organisations

  • Process of cluster development
  • Triple helix cluster leadership, business led
  • Roles, attributes of cluster managers
  • Forms of business collaboration


Four 90-minute webinars over four weeks, starting on Thursday 18 May 2023.

AEST, PNG12pm – 1:30pm
NZ, Fiji2pm – 3:30pm

The host opening each webinar will introduce their perspective on cluster development, followed by a presentation by the course leader. Invited participants will then share their experiences, concluding with an open Q&A


Webinar 1: Thursday 18 May  12pm- 1.30pm AEST
Cluster Development: The What? And the Why? International examples
Host: Mirjana Prica, Chair, TCI – Oceania & CEO, Food Innovation Australia Ltd

Webinar 2: Thursday 25 May 12pm- 1.30pm AEST
Cluster Development in Practice: The How? 12 Steps
Host: Vaughan Cooper, Chair, Economic Development New Zealand

Webinar 3: Thursday 1 June 12pm- 1.30pm AEST
Cluster Engagement: Flexible business collaborations; Roles of a cluster manager
Host: Jacqueline Brinkman, CEO, Economic Development Australia

Webinar 4: Thursday 8 June 12pm- 1.30pm AEST
Responding to survey topics
Host: Professor Allan O’Connor, University of South Australia, Adelaide

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