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Dean and Doris Carson 2017

Umea University highlights NI Demographer Dean Carson

9 June 2017

'Think.' is a magazine & website by Umea University. Their latest publication includes an article about Professor Dean Carson, from NI"s Demography & Growth planning team, and his wife Doris who not only research sparsely populated areas...they live in them!  Read the full article

Realist Evaluation Training group picRealist Evaluation Training

8 June 2017

The Northern Institute's Realist Research, Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI) led by A/Prof Emma Williams and Dr Gill Westhorp has been conducting training this week on realist research and evaluation methods with researchers who have expertise in research with remote Indigenous communities. Participants came from IPSOS, Prime Minister and Cabinet, CDU and the community sector.  Read more about our Evaluation work

Book LaunchCongratulations Don!

7 June 2017

Dr Don Zoellner’s book ‘Vocational Education and Training: The Northern Territory’s history of public philanthropy’ was launched by Pro Vice Chancellor LEBA Professor Peter Kell on June 7 in the lovely surrounds of the Northern Territory Library at Parliament House.  35 people spanning education, industry and government attended the event which was followed by a really informative Q&A session.  You can download the book for FREE at ANU Press. View  the book launch pics

GlasshouseGlasshouse Workshop in Darwin

25 May 2017

Recently, Northern Institute facilitated the first of two Glasshouse workshops in Darwin at the CDU Waterfront campus.  These workshops, sponsored by the NTG Department of Trade Business and Innovation are run to enable Northern Territory women entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers to test and build the business case for their ideas, products and services, and research to create value for the marketplace and science. Professor Isabelle Skinner (Member of NI) and Professor Cathy Robinson (Director, Northern Australian Research Alliance at NI)  ran the first workshop which brought together 23 researchers/scientists and local business women.  The next workshop will be held in Alice Springs Wednesday 14 June.  To find out more and to register visit the Glasshouse Workshop webpage



LoRa NetworkLoRa Workshop

22 May 2017

This LoRa Workshop brought together stakeholders from municipal associations, government agencies and CDU University to explore the opportunities and challenges with engaging with the provision, regulation and use of wireless infrastructure. Northern Institute’s goal is to construct a web-based application to map migration flows in order to improve government services in contexts of high mobility, including in remote Australia and for Indigenous Australians. We are currently working on a project with paring the Wi-Fi with a LoRa (Long-Range WAN) network to enable data collection for a range of usages.
For more information about this project please contact Stephen Neale, Senior Research Fellow - Development and Innovation on email or 8946 7468, See our FaceBook album for more pics.

Ground Endi. Workshop

Ground Up Indigenous Evaluators Workshop

27 April 2017

The Ground Up Indigenous Evaluators Workshop was held from19-20th April, 2017 at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. Senior Indigenous researchers and junior mentorees came to NI and Several generations of researchers worked together to design mentoring and evaluation services products. See more photos...

Dr Supriya

Red hot Alice puts mums and bubs at risk

24 April 2017

The projected rise in Central Australia’s future temperature may pose an increased health risk to women in the late stages of pregnancy, a Charles Darwin University researcher has warned. In a paper published in the current edition of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, lead author Dr Supriya Mathew said researchers had identified a statistically important link between premature births and extreme heat.
“We focused the study on Alice Springs, which has a high preterm delivery rate relative to the rest of Australia,” Dr Mathew said.
“Of the (almost) 17,000 single natural births at Alice Springs Hospital between 1986 and 2013, about 9 per cent (1401) were premature. Read more...


Vilhelmina (Sweden) Rotary Club Welcome NI Researchers

3 April 2017

On March 7 the Rotary Club of Vilhelmina, Sweden invited Northern  Institute researchers to present on their demography research. NI HDR student Ana Vuin talked about her thesis on migration and population decline in the remotest parts of Australia, Croatia and Sweden. The study raises the question why people move and what it is that remains. Ana has worked in Vilhelmina and interviewed people across Sweden in Latikberg, Järvsjöby and Dalasjö.Besides Ana, Northern Institutes Professor Dean Carson and also Ramona Mahringer presented. The titles of the evening lectures were:

  • The future of small villages - Dean Carson
  • What makes a good village? - Ramona Mahringer
  • Migration against the tide - Ana Vuin

The Vilhelmina Rotary club have since commented they found the presentations very interesting and were appreciated by both club members and invited guests. You can read about Ana’s research here

National RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards

National RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards

31 March 2017

NI were delighted to attend the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards at Parliament House this week where Kate Peake won the NT Award. Pictured are members of NT Women in Seafood and Women in Primary Industries.
From left to right, Cheryl Owens, Last year’s NT winner Martina Matzer, Marianne St Clair (Northern Institute & NT Director Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC)), Rachel from Rachel’s Seafood Shack, Carmel Ball – Darwin Fishmarkets, and Debbie van der Rijt – RIRDC National award coordinator.

Ceremony ushers in ‘football’ academic

Ceremony ushers in ‘football’ academic

27 March 2017

New Central Australian scholar Professor Barry Judd has become the first person to be individually welcomed with a smoking ceremony at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs.
Professor Judd, the recently appointed Northern Institute Professor of Indigenous Social Research, said the event was the “appropriate way to begin” his work as a resident in Arrernte country. “It is important philosophically that we continue to hold traditions like this one,” Professor Judd said. “My research and interest is in Indigenous knowledge systems, and to acknowledge and to participate in them is a critical part of the process.” Read more...