Professor Bob Miles is Managing Director of Miles Consulting Services, specialising in regional economic development and natural resource management. As of Jan 2009 the client portfolio included as an example the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affair, Rio Tinto Coal Australia; The Federal Government (Land and Water Australia), Teys Bros, University of the Sunshine Coast, the Local Government Association of Queensland and Catchment Management Authorities.
Bob is an Emeritus Professor and has more than 25 years experience in research related to the sustainable regional economic development and the use and management of Australia’s Natural Resources, including building community engagement and governance. He was awarded his PhD in 1993 following extensive research into the socio economic implications and biophysical processes of land degradation in the Mulga Lands of south west Queensland. Since then he has held a range of senior management positions within Queensland’s DPI. These include General Manager of the Office of Rural Communities (a whole of Government portfolio) and Regional Director for DPI.
Professor Miles has served on many Boards and Ministerial Advisory Committees including the Executive Director and Board member of the Institute for Sustainable Regional Development (ISRD) at Central Queensland University and past President of the University’s Academic Board; Board member of the Queensland Wheat Research Institute, the Emerald Agricultural College, the Fitzroy Basin Association and the Central Queensland Forestry Association. Past Chairman of CQ a New Millennium, the regional growth management framework for Central Queensland. Initiated the South West Strategy for the Mulga Lands of Western Queensland, and facilitated the establishment of the Queensland Centre for Climate Applications. He is an appointed Fellow of Australian Institute Management.
Over the past three years Professor Miles has been the Principle Consultant to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs on Engaged Government, the Poverty-Environmental nexus Central and Southern Asia and now Climate Change Impacts in the Asia Pacific and International Consultant to the Central Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the Asia Development Bank on the economic development of the Gansu Province.