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Faculty of Arts and Society


Creative Futures Research

The Faculty of Arts and Society has a vibrant research culture and supports research in a wide range of areas. The faculty, its research institutes and laboratories undertake research that positively impacts organisational and educational practices, as well as the lives of people and culturally diverse communities.

Key areas of research

Business and economic research to create responsible and sustainable behaviour and organisational practice. 

  • Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge and governance – designing new institutional and governance practices. 

  • Criminal and corporate law, human rights, cyber law and customary law. 

  • Demography and growth Planning – focused on dynamic remote and sparsely populated areas. 

  • Educational contexts, institutions, workplaces, and the community, and supporting aspirations for diverse people, places, partnerships and programs. 

  • Educational programs, EdTech, data literacy and digital futures, wellbeing and harm prevention programs, as well as the diverse nature of teachers and learners and questions of equity. 

  • Evaluation and knowledge Impact – evaluating public service delivery strategies, policy and community partnerships. 

  • Regional, economic and workforce development – exploring integrated and sustainable regional and economic development in diverse contexts. 


The Faculty of Arts and Society supports research students in a broad range of areas. The right supervisor can help you develop your project outline and provide the support needed to help you complete your degree. 

The CDU Research Web Portal can help identify faculty staff who are registered to supervise HDR projects in your area of interest. Use the search function to search by area of expertise or click on 'profiles' to browse by name. 

RIEL researchers

Apply for a Higher Degree by Research

Expand your knowledge by pursuing a Higher Degree by Research at CDU. The Faculty of Arts and Society is committed to research that explores emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts, and we have world-leading research experts to guide your HDR study. 

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Postgraduate student at CDU

Postgraduate opportunities

We welcome prospective research students to undertake their research journey with the Faculty of Arts and Society and Northern Institute.  

Our researchers in the fields of humanities, social sciences, business, law and languages have national and international expertise in North Australia, Southeast Asia, the region and beyond. 

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Northern Institute

Northern Institute

At NI we are driven to make positive differences to communities, society and policy through robust and independent research. 

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Creative Futures Research

Centre for Creative Futures

Drawing on First Nations knowledge systems, and under Indigenous leadership, the Centre will support arts-based research projects that use performance, images, music, dance and digital storytelling to expand CDU’s “two-way” research capacity.

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