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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.

Since its formation in 2010, Northern Institute has become a regional leader in high-quality social and public policy research. We aim to understand regional development and provide strong evidence for policy development and capacity building whilst responding to the needs of governments and communities.

Director's message

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

Research that matters is underpinned by a deep understanding of partners’ and communities strengths and challenges, understanding complexity in regional and remote areas and a clear focus on accurate, at times challenging, analysis for communities, industry and governments. Much of the Northern Institute’s research is recognised by a commitment to co-design that ensures research is undertaken in ways that strengthen voices that are often unheard and develop the evidence that supports effective decision making.

Our researchers are committed to excellence and research that makes a difference. 

Welcome to Northern Institute.

- Professor Ruth Wallace, Director, Northern Institute

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Ruth Wallace
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Looking for study opportunities with the Northern Institute? Find available postgraduate research projects, courses, Indigenous micro-credentials and upcoming workshops.

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Meet the people who are making a difference at the Northern Institute. Find a profile or get in touch with a researcher. 

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  • The CDU First Nations Success website aims to promote research that improves higher education outcomes for First Nations students studying at CDU and to improve rates of First Nations students entering into education degrees in the Territory.

    New research to support First Nations students in the Territory

    New research from Charles Darwin University (CDU) aims at further improving higher education outcomes for First Nations students and to bolster the rates of First Nations students commencing teaching degrees in the Territory.

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    New Alice Springs demography insights to be unveiled at CDU Open Day

    Analysis of the latest demographic data shows the Alice Springs population is larger than previously thought, at 28,601, ageing, female-dominated and increasingly multicultural.

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  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) is helping more women to pursue a career in politics with applications opening for the newly launched Northern Territory Pathways to Politics Program for Women.

    A new pathway to public office for women in the Territory

    Women aspiring to become politicians are encouraged to apply for a new program run for the first time in the Territory by Charles Darwin University (CDU), which aims to push for gender equity in government.

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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. 

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

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