About our research
The distinctive characteristics of the Northern Territory present researchers and research students at Charles Darwin University with unique experiences and opportunities.
CDU has established itself as an exciting and progressive research intensive university with a regional focus that prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We have developed cross-disciplinary research teams, as well as partnerships and collaborative relationships with external agencies to build world-class research capability.
Our goal to maintain and develop our high-impact research profile in areas of strength including Environment and Livelihoods; Human Health and Wellbeing; Social and Public Policy; Education at the interface with Health; and Energy. Indigenous Knowledges is a cross-cutting research focus.
Research institutes, centres and groups, including the Menzies School of Health Research provide a strategic framework for research engagement, bringing specialised, regionally informed knowledge to our work. Our research and capacity building activities engage with countries and communities to our north to ensure a global perspective and contribution to our region. International recognition of our success is evident in our institutional rankings and in our research performance.
Research at CDU is supported by the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) under the strategic leadership of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sharon Bell. CDU invests in research that directly addresses critical issues facing Australia's north and the world's tropical zones: our research is relevant, collaborative, and engaged. The research team at CDU looks forward to exploring research collaboration, research training, and innovative new programs with you.