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Northern Institute

People. Policy. Place.

We are driven to make positive differences in communities, society and policy through robust and independent research.

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Postgraduate opportunities

We welcome prospective research students to undertake their research journey with the Faculty of Arts and Society and Northern Institute.  

Our researchers in the fields of humanities, social sciences, business, law and languages have national and international expertise in North Australia, Southeast Asia, the region and beyond. 

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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


  • Dr Simon Morris has been recognised with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Meritorious Service Award.

    CDU lecturer recognised with prestigious service award

    Teaching accounting to students as far afield as Zambia, Botswana and Vanuatu has helped see a Charles Darwin University Lecturer receive a prestigious national award – the first person from the Northern Territory to be awarded it in over a decade.

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  • New Northern institute Director Professor Kim Humphery plans to focus on what the institute does best by championing collaborative research.

    New Director encourages collaborators to share in Northern Institute research successes

    The new Director of Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Northern Institute wants to build on the successes that it has had over the past decade.

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  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) Research Associate Fiona Shalley from the Northern Institute, led the first study into residents’ social connections with the Territory.

    Results from Territory-wide survey reveals key data about Territorians

    Initial findings from a Charles Darwin University (CDU) social survey revealed four in five Territory participants identify as Territorians despite the highly transient nature of its population.

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Thank you to Country 

In the spirit of respect, Northern Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and seas of Australia. We pay our respects to the elders both past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal Australia. 
Northern Institute Research Support Services are located on Larrakia Land. 

We wish to advise that our website and publications may contain images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are deceased.

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