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Welcome to Northern Institute (NI). We were established in 2011 through a partnership between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Northern Territory Government (NTG) 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, 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 NI'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 to support effective decision making. 

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

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Professor Kim Humphery
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Northern Institute Events


  • The simulation was developed by members of Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute alongside the Indigenous Desert Alliance.

    Desert fire simulation a gamechanger for education and engagement

    A new simulation game is helping indigenous rangers, landowners, children and more to learn about fire behaviour and how they can mitigate the increasing threat of infernos. 

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  • Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute Director Professor Kim Humphery reflected on the need to support and uplift trans and gender diverse people in academia.

    Trans and gender diverse visibility in academia critical in higher education

    A year on from taking the helm of Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Northern Institute, Professor Kim Humphery is celebrating and reflecting on more than a work anniversary. 

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  • The project by three Charles Darwin University experts will delve into how weather events affect where people choose to live.

    Project to examine the relationship between severe weather and migration

    A new Charles Darwin University (CDU) project will explore how extreme weather events are affecting where Australians choose to live and how this migration could have consequences for service provisions, infrastructure planning, disaster management and more. 

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Northern Institute acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country on which we live and work and recognises their continuing connection to communities, land and waters. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and elders past and present. Our Research Support Services is located on beautiful Larrakia Land at CDU Casuarina Campus. Find out more about Larrakia Nation (Saltwater People)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website & linked publications and content may contain images, voices, names of deceased people. 

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