NI News

Prof Lisa's Farewell

NI Farewells Deputy Director

11 December 2017

On December 6, staff came together to farewell Northern Institute’s Deputy Director Professor Lisa McManus. Lisa has been with NI since August 2016 and proved a truly valuable member of the team when she stepped up as Acting Director while Professor Ruth Wallace spent 6 months in the USA for her Fulbright scholarship. Lisa was also the Dean of Research and Research Training for the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts at CDU and prior to that headed the School of Business at the Waterfront.

CDU’s loss is University of Tasmania’s gain as Lisa will be heading the ‘Tasmanian School of Business and Economics’ in the new year. Lisa’s happy and lively personality will be greatly missed. NI staff wished her all the very best on her Tasmanian adventure with Ruth presenting her with an original Alice Springs hand-made beanie to keep her warm in the cold Tassie weather. View more pics

LEBA end of year 2017

LEBA Faculty farewelled

04 December 2017

NI staff joined Faculty of Law, Education, Business & Arts (LEBA) staff at an 'End of Year Celebration' last Friday December 1, 2017. Recently retired PVC of LEBA. Professor Peter Kell (pictured), returned from interstate to attend the event and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the LEBA Faculty team. Professor Kell's wife, Dr Marilyn Kell, who also said a few words, has been a Research Fellow at Northern Institute for many years and will be sorely missed. LEBA is one of two CDU Faculties which will be replaced with Colleges in 2018 so the end of year function doubled as an end of Faculty function.

Dr Tom Wilson

New journal examines population trends

04 December 2017

A free online academic journal that discusses research into Australia’s population has been launched at Charles Darwin University. Northern Institute demographer and journal editor Dr Tom Wilson said the CDU-based Australian Population Studies was the only journal dedicated specifically to population research in Australia.

“It is also the first online open-access journal hosted by the CDU Library,” Dr Wilson said. “And it is a bit different from most journals.”

Dr Wilson said the journal invited three types of contribution, including regular research papers, introductory guides that explained demographic methods and theories, and the use of visualisation to present data in interesting and innovative ways.

“We expect it will be of interest to students, researchers, practitioners, teachers and others wishing to learn about demography,” he said. Read more....

Dr Deepika

Northern Institute researchers win $250,000 for ‘smart city’ idea’

04 December 2017

A research team in Alice Springs has won a $250,000 grant to develop a “smart system” for reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Research Associate Dr Deepika Mathur from CDU’s Northern Institute said the project to develop “smart” rubbish skips had the potential to improve productivity and sustainability in Alice Springs.

“The idea is to fit electronic sensors to a set of commercial waste bins, which would transmit data about the volume and weight of the contents to waste management authorities and the skip operator,” Dr Mathur said.

“With better data, they’ll be equipped to make better decisions on issues such as short-term scheduling, as well as inform them of long-term trends.”

Dr Mathur said the aim of the project was to improve efficiencies within the construction industry. Read more.....

ntg granta

CDU helps build NT’s renewable energy future

04 December 2017

The Northern Territory Government is harnessing CDU’s expertise in renewable energy in three research and development projects valued at $1.1 million. Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss announced at the weekend funding for projects that would help the NT use renewable energy to deliver secure, reliable and affordable power.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram welcomed the university’s role in solving problems related to energy in the Territory. “These projects are prime examples of how knowledge that is developed by the Northern Territory’s university can be accessed for the benefit of the whole community,” Professor Cram said. Read full story here

Indigenous researcher Gotha

Indigenous researcher is NT’s senior of the year

20 November 2017

A senior elder who has worked as an educator and researcher in her community for more than five decades is this year’s Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year.

Kathy Guthadjaka, also known as Gotha, is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small family community on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. Warramiri, the language spoken in Gawa, is endangered. Working as an educator since the mid-1960s, Ms Guthadjaka’s research spans Warramiri language, knowledge, culture and country, and more widely, Aboriginal education, both-ways education, spirituality, identity and religion. A part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute at CDU, Ms Guthadjaka is dedicated not only to preserving traditional knowledge, but also to sharing this knowledge with the greater global community. Read full story here



Roadshow to reveal NT’s population future

20 November 2017

Population experts will tour the Northern Territory to update communities on what the future may hold based on the 2016 Census data. Led by demographic researchers from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, with members of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the team will travel to Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine to deliver region-specific seminars as part of the Territory Population Roadshow.

Senior demographer Dr Andrew Taylor said that every five years the Census provided a base to paint a picture of what the NT population looked like and was vital information for planning the NT’s future. “Population growth is crucial to the Territory and much has changed,” Dr Taylor said. Read more....

Australian of the Year 2018

NI researcher wins NT Senior Australian of the Year!

16 November 2017

At the 2018 NT Australian of the Year awards, held at Darwin Waterfront Convention Centre 15 November, East Arnhem Land educator, pioneering academic & Northern Institute senior researcher Gotha (Kathy Guthadjaka) was named NT Senior Australian of the Year. Gotha, a Gawa elder, was recognised for her work creating a bilingual educational model that delivered high attendance and graduation rates on Elcho Island. Gotha has represented Australia at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva and works as a Yolngu researcher with Northern Institute examining language, traditional knowledge, culture and country.

Gotha received the award from NT Administrator Her Honour Vicki O'Halloran and was congratulated by Chief Minister Michael Gunner. Upon accepting the award she was asked by MC Richard Margetson “What’s your advice to others wanting to make a difference?” she gave her response in her traditional language Warramiri “When you work, keep a clear vision and pathway and your work will make a difference”.

Gotha’s daughter Bettina Danganbarr also won a 2018 NT Australian of the Year award in the NT Local Hero category for her work on Elcho Island as an indigenous youth leader. Bettina has offered her home as a safe haven to dozens of domestic violence victims in her role as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer in the East Arnhem community of Galiwin'ku. Bettina also established the Galiwin'ku Women's Space, a community-led initiative addressing family violence, and trains other Police Officers to understand Yolgnu culture.

Gotha and Bettina will head to the national awards in Canberra on January 25 where the 2018 Australian of the Year will be announced.

Rebecca (Beck) Hardwick

Realist Approaches to Ethnography Workshop

03 November 2017

Rebecca (Beck) Hardwick, a PhD student at the University of Exeter Medical School, visited CDU as part of a week of work building collaborations between CDU and overseas universities. Rebecca ran a workshop at the Northern Institute on the use of ethnographic methods in realist research and evaluation. The workshop explored the benefits of an overarching realist methodology (that is, one concerned with explanation and theory development), and how ethnographic data collection methods and data (observation/field notes respectively) lend themselves to thinking about causation and explanation.

After introductions to both realism and ethnography, participants spent some time 'out in the field' at CDU to do some observation and data collection. This led to a discussion about 'how do social spaces on campus work, for whom, in what circumstances, and why. Participants reported enjoying the time to reflect on and discuss methods and methodologies in research. 

For further info:  @rjlhardwick