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College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts


T H R I V E: Transforming Human Resilience in Vulnerable Environments.

THRIVE Lab is focused on building scientific foundations for developing resilient, adaptable and sustainable communities. It will explore issues such as humanitarian aid, disaster management, community development, governance and policy, and built infrastructure.


THRIVE Lab brings together researchers, practitioners, teachers and students to work collaboratively on contemporary challenges of human-environment relations.

We examine and engage in active research and learning about:

  • disaster and emergency management
  • climate change impacts and adaptation
  • changing geographies of settlement and work
  • food security and natural resource management.

To gain fresh insight and develop practical responses to these issues, we draw on:

  • transdisciplinary approaches
  • action research principles
  • work-integrated learning
  • collaborative, practitioner-enabling research practices
  • student-integration into research and practice.


Our research funders and partners include:

Teaching and Learning

Our courses provide teaching, training and research in areas central to the THRIVE Lab.

Projects to date include:

  • Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement: A Focus on Biosecurity Threats
  • NT Department of Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch - Heat Stress, Alcohol Use and Economic Participation Among Labour-intensive Workers in Tropical Conditions.
  • Scoping Study for Department of Defence, Joint Force Analysis, Preparedness and Mobilisation - Implications of heat stress for Australian Defence preparedness and operations under current and future climatic conditions.
  • Development of a Heat Stress Management App for the Northern Territory.
  • Handbook for Migrants Looking for Work in the Northern Territory, NT Department of Territory Families.
  • Global mapping of political will – Measuring countries commitment to disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation.
  • Social network and disaster research.
  • Urban climate adaptation in Indonesia.
  • Community-based both-ways disaster risk reduction.
  • Disaster governance in Southeast Asia.
  • Food systems under changing climate.