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People. Policy. Place.

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Director's message

Northern Institute was established in 2011 through a partnership between Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government to undertake high quality analysis in social and policy research and build research capacity and leadership in Northern Australia.

Over the past decade, under the Directorship of Professor Ruth Wallace, the NI has grown to become a major ‘think tank’ in Australia’s north and a known hub for research expertise and training.    

Our research is underpinned by a deep understanding of partners’ and communities’ strengths and challenges, is informed by the complexity of issues facing regional and remote areas, and has a clear focus on delivering accurate, at times challenging, analysis for communities, government and industry. Much of the Northern Institute’s research is recognised by a long-held commitment to co-design that ensures research is undertaken in ways that strengthen voices that are often unheard and develops contextually meaningful evidence that supports effective decision making. 

Our researchers and research students are committed to undertaking work of relevance, excellence and, above all, social impact. 

Welcome to Northern Institute.

- Professor Kim Humphery, Director, Northern Institute

Northern Institute Events


  • Researchers from Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Northern Institute have released the Northern Territory’s first Social Capital Index which measures the strength of community connection and social relationships in the Territory.

    CDU launches Territory’s first measure of social capital

    Charles Darwin University researchers have released the Northern Territory’s First Social Capital Index which shows that more than half of the measured opportunities for community connection are being used by Territorians to build social capital.

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  • Women in the Northern Territory are being encouraged to apply for Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Pathways to Politics Program for Women. The program will run in Darwin from September 11-15, 2023. Pictured: Last year’s graduates with Patron of the NT program The Hon Vicki O'Halloran AO, former Administrator of the Northern Territory.

    CDU program opens pathways for Territory women to enter politics

    Women who aspire to shape the Northern Territory’s political sphere are being encouraged to apply for Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Pathways to Politics Program for women, a free leadership program that aims to increase women’s representation in all levels of government.

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  • A study with Charles Darwin University (CDU) has explored how social media users behave on Twitter during heat waves.

    Twitter users feeling hot, hot, hot during heat waves according to study

    A first of its kind study into global Twitter activity during heatwaves has revealed why social media should be leveraged to spread information about extreme temperatures.

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Northern Institute acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country in which we live and work throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to the land, waters, and seas. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and elders, past, present, and emerging. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website & our publications may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

Our Research Support Services are located on Larrakia Land. 

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