Central Australian Research Group (CARG)

Recognising and addressing social and systemic barriers to diverse group participation, economic activity, active citizenship and their links to the development and implementation of social policy. carg3

The Central Australian Research Group (CARG) undertakes interdisciplinary research in areas of social and public policy in regional and remote contexts that are critically important to central Australia and its near neighbours.

Central Australian research has been developed by investing in researchers recognised for their local partnerships, knowledge and expertise adapted for the region's profile and is a hub for postgraduate student research and forms multi-disciplinary teams to carry out research and evaluation. CARG draws on outside expertise, enabling consolidation and facilitation of research in Central Australia. With a range of long-term researchers based in Central Australia, they research future development, local adaptation and building local capacity to the changing environmental, economic, social and policy conditions in Central Australia.

The disciplines of academic focus weave into the other Northern Institute themes due to the strong focus on regional development, Indigenous knowledge and engagement. CARG recognises and addresses social and systemic barriers to diverse group participation, economic activity, active citizenship and their links to the development and implementation of social policy. The interdisciplinary research explores industry economics, tourism management, community participation, natural resources management and the environmental management field. CARG’s projects have identified key issues for developing industries with Indigenous people and ensuring they are engaged in these potentially lucrative industries.

The team is skilled in developing international partnerships in research to understand issues that affect our diverse communities and the knowledge and development in the region. For example, a scoping study on Indigenous Knowledge for environmental management has been developed into an international comparative research project in Australia, Taiwan and mainland China. Thus fostering a commitment to understanding the way people and systems operate in the region.

 

The CARG team 

Core Capabilties

  • Social inclusion, local economies and community engagement
  • Impacts and benefits of services on local communities including poverty issues, assessing local economies and social inclusion, where all community member’s input is valued and respected
  • Sustainability and natural resource management and identification of environmental, ecological, economic and social consequences of planned and existing developments and interventions including impacts of climate change, infant or new industries in marginal economies, and feral pest management
  • Knowledge and understanding of arid zone ecosystems and major threatening processes
  • Local and Indigenous governance, examining the administrative organisation and government effects on remote and Indigenous local governments
  • Tourism economics including tourism management, including community engagement
  • Education, including Vocational Education and Training (VET), teacher education, languages, remote and Indigenous education encompassing the Central Australian Education and Training Network (CAETN)
  • Chinese matters, including Chinese State-Owned Enterprises, Chinese women's political participation and the Chinese outbound tourism sector
  • Future Development, focusing on local adaptation to climate and building local capacity to the changing environmental, economic, social and policy conditions
  • Environmental management/Natural resources management: future development, focusing on local adaptation and building local capacity to the changing environmental, economic, social and policy conditions in Central Australia
  • Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge

Our Impact

As the face of the university in central Australia, CARGs impacts on research and education include:

  • A network to support researchers and students whose work rely on central Australian partnerships.
  • Place based knowledge to achieve socio-economic impacts: art centre business.
  • Links from our place-based expertise with national and international collaborators: Taiwan Indigenous Ecological Farmers