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Northern Institute 

Northern Institute is a regional leader in high-quality social and public policy research. Our research teams are led by nationally and internationally recognised human geographers.

Northern Institute is partnership-focused. We work with multiple stakeholders to ensure outcomes meet needs and impact positively on people's lives. 

Northern Institute encompasses four major research themes:

  • Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge & Governance – designing new institutional and governance practices.
  • Demography & Growth Planning – focused on dynamic remote and sparsely populated areas.
  • Evaluation & Knowledge Impact – evaluating public service delivery strategies, policy and community partnerships.
  • Regional, Economic & Workforce Development – exploring integrated and sustainable regional and economic development in diverse contexts.

Find out more about Northern Institute.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) 

Consider expanding your knowledge by pursuing a Higher Degree by Research at CDU. We're committed to research that explores emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts.


The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & 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 successfully complete your degree.

The HDRwebsite can help identify research-active CDU staff who are registered to supervise HDR projects.