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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


  • A new MoU between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Remote Indigenous Parents Australia National Indigenous Corporation (RIPA) has been signed. Pictured L-R: CDU’s Professor Ruth Wallace, RIPA member Noele Anderson, CDU’s Reuben Bolt, CDU’s Northern Institute researcher Michaela Spencer and RIPA member Bjorn Christie-Johnston.

    MOU to focus on using Indigenous knowledge to empower remote NT communities

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Remote Indigenous Parents Australia National Indigenous Corporation (RIPA) will aim to create more connected and inclusive schools and communities in the Northern Territory.

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  • CDU researchers tackle remote waste management in remote communities.

    CDU researchers tackle remote waste

    In faraway outback towns across the Northern Territory, the tyranny of distance resulting in high transport costs means goods arrive, but sometimes never leave. 

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  • Rohan Fisher develops web app to study fire edges.

    New fire-edge maps helping to understand how landscapes stop fires

    A land’s topography and landscape features have an influence on how fires behave, which is why local knowledge is vital in fire management.

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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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