Issue 7
Monday, 02 September 2019
Charles Darwin University
The mini-conference will contemplate North Australian futures in Southeast Asia. Photo: iStock
The mini-conference will contemplate North Australian futures in Southeast Asia. Photo: iStock

Plotting the future of regional relationships

By Andrew Hall

As part of National Social Sciences Week in Australia, the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society will host the “Meeting the challenges of the future for South-east Asia and Northern Australia” mini-conference and networking event on Wednesday, 11 September.

The event aims to discuss contemporary social sciences research related to South-east Asia that can make an impact on the future and will examine how researchers in Northern Australia are contributing to the responses required to the challenges of our time. 

A 2016 CSIRO report, “Australia 2030: Navigating Our Uncertain Future”, identified the increasing power of Asian economies and societies as being a key global megatrend of which Australia needed to account for as it planned for the future.

A 2017 Australian Government White Paper stated: “South-east Asia and Northern Australia are geographically close, sharing similar climates and concerns in areas such as security, technology, environment, and economic development.”

Questions to be addressed at the conference include: 

How are researchers in Northern Australia contributing to the response required to the challenges of our time? 

How are they assisting with fostering greater wellbeing in a time of rapid transformation in this region? 

Can research collaborations be built across several areas of concern, such as health, education, natural disaster preparedness and livelihoods?

The event is free and open to the public, with registration required at:


Date and Time: Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon ACST (registration and seating at 8.20am)

Venue: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus, Building Yellow 1.2.48 (Savannah Room) 

For further information contact Dr Vannessa Hearman:  


T: (08) 8946 7044