From the Director

Professor Ruth Wallace

Northern and Central Australia are places of innovation and change, and the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University provides leadership in research to understand and develop this space with our people by informing policy at all levels. 

The team at the Northern Institute are committed to making a difference through their long standing connections and commitment to understanding the ways people and systems operate in the region. This includes our near neighbours in Timor Leste, Eastern Indonesia and beyond. We know that together we can find ways to support effective decision making for the future of the region.


The success of the Northern Institute as a social and policy research institute is founded on our ability to contextualise research thinking and approaches for the local setting. Our researchers demonstrate the highest standards in research that is useful and applicable to policy, industry and communities in the region. We work in partnership with Indigenous communities, the Northern Territory Government, and international and national agencies to understand the complexity of our world and the ways different knowledge and governance systems operate to improve our lives and opportunities.

In 2013, we established a number of initiatives to share the outcomes of research, engage international expertise and attract outstanding post doctorate researchers to create a program of national collaborative social, industry and government research and innovation in the northern Australian region. As a team, we recognize the value of the support from the management and staff at Charles Darwin University and our partner agencies.

2014 has many challenges: the potential growth of Northern Australia, opportunities to support effective partnership and leadership models for co-benefit in the region, building the social infrastructure of a cohesive and productive society and meeting the challenges that need a growing, culturally competent and skilled workforce.

The investments made in 2013 prove we are able to provide significant leadership in social policy research that informs public policy and our region’s development.

Professor Ruth Wallace
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