Research focus

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is known for its expertise in research by specialising in tropical and desert knowledge in the Australian and Asia-Pacific region.

CDU's core research strengths are in:

  • natural and cultural resource management
  • human health and wellbeing
  • teaching, learning and living
  • community, development and identity

Staff at CDU provide a wealth of experience for stakeholders and students undertaking collaborative projects.

Learn more about research at CDU and it's programs.

The future of research at CDU

By 2014, the University aims to:

  • attract funding to advance its research strengths in tropical, desert and Indigenous knowledge and focus on the unique and complex needs of regional Australia, and our near neighbours, in a wider global context.
  • respond to the needs of the community for knowledge and information to maximise beneficial social, cultural, economic, environmental and health outcomes.
  • attract and retain high quality and motivated researchers and postgraduate students by establishing a research environment that is stimulating and provides professional support as well as quality infrastructure and equipment.
  • build capacity in research through key partnerships with other agencies, industry and Indigenous organisations as well as major universities, particularly the Australian National University and the Innovative Research Universities Group.
  • expand its international research linkages, particularly with near neighbours such as Timor Leste and Indonesia
  • seek greater engagement with industry to provide the knowledge it requires.

Find out more about CDU's research goals