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NI meet Tanya Plibersek & Luke Gosling

NI staff meet with Tanya Plibersek & Luke Gosling MP

24 April 2019

We are at beautiful Charles Darwin University Palmerston campus with Tanya Plibersek & Luke Gosling MP who are talking with Indigenous students, teachers & researchers about NT Indigenous education.

Dr Deepika MathurExperts seek solutions to conquer mountains of waste

18 April 209

Experts from industry, government and academia will put their heads together at a workshop in Darwin next week to explore how to deal with ever-rising mountains of construction and demolition waste produced by a global building boom that shows no sign of abating.

Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur said the two-day workshop would provide an opportunity to discuss the social, environmental and economic issues associated with construction waste management and identify opportunities and potential solutions.

“This workshop, which follows a similar one in India in January, draws together a cross-section of decision-makers, thinkers and other stakeholders determined to address crucial construction and demolition waste management issues, by learning from each other’s experiences,” Dr Mathur said. Read more.....

Dr Anne Lindblom and Dr Linda FordVisit to CDU by Erasmus Scholar by Dr Anne Lindblom

17 April 2019

In her words...

Through the Erasmus program, I was able to do an 11 day teacher exchange from Karlstad University, Sweden, to Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus. This was my third time to Australia, but the first time in the Northern Territory. Apart from the humidity, heat and the way it made my hair go frizzy, the biggest, and most pleasant surprise, was how eager everyone was to make me feel at home, and welcome.

On my first day I met Dr Linda Ford, who took me out to dinner, engaged in research discussions and introduced me to researchers. Read the full story...

The Erasmus program (short for the European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is an initiative run by the European Union (EU). It provides opportunities for students to study or gain work experience in a different European country while completing a degree. Link to more info

Telehealth in rural and remote medicine

Rural Medication Australia 2018 Conference is now available to view online

15 April 2019

Telehealth - Simply closing the gap in very remote Indigenous health by Marianne St Clair, Research Fellow Northern Institute. Link to video

Telehealth a game changerNew Paper Just Published

08 April 2019

The Medical Journal of Australia 'Telehealth a game changer: closing the gap in remote Aboriginal communities' a paper written by:

- Marianne St Clair (Researcher, Northern Institute)
- David Murtagh (Researcher, Northern Institute)
- John Kelly (Laynhapuy Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Yirrkala)
- Jeff Cook (Laynhapuy Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Yirrkala)

Read the paper online

Nikki CurtinCultural tourism building understanding

18 March 2019

The opportunities for tourism to be a vehicle for greater understanding of Indigenous cultures in Australia, and the possible benefits for the reconciliation process, are being investigated by a PhD candidate from Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute.

Nikki Curtin’s research seeks to look at tourism within a broader context than just the economic impacts.

“Indigenous tourism has social and cultural dimensions as well as economic. It has the potential to improve non-Indigenous Australians’ understanding and contact with Indigenous people and can cross the cultural divide,” Nikki said.  Read more.....

Academic Promotion

NI researchers work recognised

14 March 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to NI researchers Dr Linda Ford, Dr Kerstin Zander & Dr Andrew Taylor on being awarded Academic Promotion - very well-deserved recognition.

Barry Judd Converstaion storyThe summer bushfires you didn’t hear about, and the invasive species fuelling them - The Conversation

12 March 2019

An article by Professor Barry Judd, Professor in Indigenous Social Research, Northern Institute, and Christine Schlesinger, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Ecology, Charles Darwin University.

Read the full article HERE

IWD 2019

NI Celebrates International Women's Day 2019

11 March 2019

Over 85 guests gathered on CDU campus March 8 for Northern Institute’s annual International Women’s Day event last week. This year Northern Institute (NI) celebrated #IWD2019 with an afternoon event of inspiring speakers followed by sparkling and nibbles.

NI Director and Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society Professor Ruth Wallace MC'd and Bilawara Lee, CDU’s Indigenous Academic in Residence provided the Welcome to Country.

The event was officially opened by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O'Halloran, NT Administrator then followed a selection of presentations by diverse voices including:

- Dr Elaine ‘Lawurrpa’ Maypilama, Indigenous Academic & Leader
- Mr Charlie King OAM, Anti-Family Violence Campaigner
- Dr Belinda Chaplin, Transgender Women’s Advocate

This year’s International Women's Day theme was #BalanceforBetter. This was the ninth year the Northern Institute has held an event celebrating International Women's Day on CDU campus.

Each year the money raised from cupcake sales and gold coin donations go to a worthy charity - this year NI collected for White Ribbon Australia to help stop violence against women. You can donate directly to White Ribbon Australia at their website here

View the pics of the event HERE

Fords in Hawai

NI experts hold workshops in Hawaii

28 February 2019

This week Dr Payi Linda Ford, Chloe & Emily Ford along with Dr Clint Bracknell of Edith Cowan University are at the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC 6) at University of Hawai'i at Manoa holding several 'Talk Story Sessions' on best-practice techniques for recording, documenting & archiving songs in endangered languages.Here they are pictured together at the conference.

You can visit the conference website to view the program HERE


Get ready for International Women’s Day March 8

27 February 2019

This year International Women's Day falls on a Friday (or Fri-YAY!) so Northern Institute have decided to mark it a little differently...with an after work event. We still have an amazing line up of inspiring speakers but we'll follow with drinks and yummy nibbles to start your weekend off.

The opening will be given by Her Hon The Administrator Vicki O’Halloran AM and special guest speakers include:
Mr Charlie King, Anti-Family Violence Campaigner
Dr Elaine ‘Lawurrpa’ Maypilama, Indigenous Academic & Leader
Dr Belinda Chaplin, Transgender Women’s Advocate

Women and men are encouraged to grab a friend (or 3!), hear amazing stories, enjoy truly delicious refreshments and celebrate International Women’s Day with Northern Institute on Friday 8 March 4pm at the CDU Theatre (Orange 3).

This is a FREE and open to the public event but registration is essential. REGISTER ONLINE


Workshop to examine ‘realist’ research, evaluation

20 February 2019

An intensive five-day workshop beginning 4 March at CDU’s Sydney campus will introduce participants to the philosophical assumptions of a realist philosophy of science and their implications for understanding how policies and programs work.

Participants will develop skills in designing and implementing realist research and evaluation, from developing initial questions through to final reporting. The workshop also covers realist review, the realist approach to systematic literature reviews and rapid realist review. Read more....

Ship for world youth

Ship for World Youth visits Darwin

08 February 2019

On 8 February, Professor Ruth Wallace had the honour of representing CDU at the Ship for World Youth (SWY) cocktail reception & dinner on-board the 'Nippon Maru' at Darwin Port, East Arm Wharf. Mr Komagata, Head Administrator SWY, (standing next to Ruth in pic), is wearing a scarf (Yuendumu Design) presented to him by the Vice Chancellor at the official SWY welcome to CDU campus earlier in the week. Mr Komagat wore the scarf to the function and highlighted it during his speech. The Ship for World Youth Program, has over 250 young leaders on board who take part in the program to develop and foster the vision and spirit of international cooperation and global awareness.

To learn more about the Ship For World Youth visit #youthprograms 

Preserving the Kunwinjku language

Preserving the Kunwinjku language of West Arnhem Land

29 January 2019

CDU-ANU PhD scholar Cathy Bow and native Kunwinjku speaker Seraine Namundja, who created multimedia resources for the new course.

The Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Australian National University (ANU) have launched the first university-level course teaching Kunwinjku - an endangered Aboriginal language spoken by the Bininj people of West Arnhem Land in northern Australia. The course is being coordinated by CDU-ANU PhD scholar and NI Research Associate Cathy Bow in collaboration with the Bininj Kunwok Regional Language Centre.

Ms Bow said the course is a positive step forward for Kunwinjku, which is under threat from the increased usage of English and Kriol – an emerging Aboriginal language with a largely English vocabulary. Read more.....

Prof Barry Judd article

Just published: Kapi Wiya: Water insecurity and aqua-nullius in remote inland Aboriginal Australia

14 January 2019

An article by Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, CDU and NI Professor in Indigenous Social Research, Professor Barry Judd.

Abstract: Water has been a critical resource for Anangu peoples across the remote inland for millennia, underpinning their ability to live in low rainfall environments. Anangu bio-cultural knowledge of kapi (water) developed in complex ways that enabled this resource to be found. This paper provides a brief insight into how kapi has become devalued in the context of contemporary remote communities with particular reference to my area of expertise – Aboriginal identity, well-being and Australian sports.

Read the article HERE

Construction Waste Reduction Australia-India collaborative workshop

1st Construction Waste Reduction: Australia-India collaborative workshop

09 January 2019

Construction Waste Reduction: Australia-India collaborative workshop was held on 9-11 January 2019 in New Delhi, India

This is a DFAT funded collaboration between Charles Darwin University, University of Melbourne and Energy and Resources Institute, India (TERI) to host workshops on managing construction and demolition waste in India and Australia. The next workshop will be held in Darwin, Australia on 24-26 April 2019.

The keynote speaker was Dr Timothy Kendall, Economic Counsellor, Australian High Commission in India. View the pics and share on Facebook

Ganesh Koramannil

Research Highlights in Education and Science 2018

01 January 2019

The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Lecturer and NI PhD student, Ganesh Koramannil has had a chapter published in “Research Highlights in Education and Science 2018”. The book is published by The International Society for Research in Education and Science (ISRES).

The chapter title is “ Reading Between Lines and Going Beyond the Data – Towards a Qualitative Outlook for Quantitative Findings: A Second Reading of the Report ‘Completing University in a Growing Sector: is Equity an Issue?’”.

Read the full article HERE

NI PhD student Thi Tam Duong

PhD student Tam gets published  

13 December 2018

NI PhD student Thi Tam Duong (pictured) has just had a chapter published online as part of her study on Vietnamese farmers’ perceptions of biosecurity threats in Australia. Tam's work involved surveying 101 Vietnamese farmers across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Co-authors include NI researcher Dr Kerstin Zander as well as Tom Brewer and Jo Luck. Research article highlights:

  • Biosecurity threats were perceived as one of key agricultural risks (43%).
  • Farmers' perceptions of biosecurity threats were explored in four main dimensions of their life.
  • Belief, information, trust and risk experience had positive influence on farmers’ perceptions of biosecurity threats.
  • English levels were found to have negative influence on farmers' perceptions of biosecurity threats.

To read the full article go to:

Dr Kate Golebiwska

Researcher represents NT on population committee

12 December 2018

NI researcher Dr Kate Golebiowska has been voted in as a committee member and the Northern Territory representative at the Australian Population Association Council for 2019-2020. The Australian Population Association (APA) is Australia’s leading professional association for demographers and has been running for nearly 40 years. The main aims of the APA are

  • To encourage the exchange of information between individuals and organisations in population and related fields
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of population issues
  • To promote population research and education particularly in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

Congratulations Kate and good luck with your 2-year tenure with APA. You can read more about the APA and the work they do on their website -

CDU library open access award

2018 CDU Library Open Access Award goes to NI Demographer

11 December 2018

Congratulations to Dr Tom Wilson of the Northern Institute for winning the 2018 CDU Library Open Access (OA) Award. The award was for establishing the journal, Australian Population Studies, as a truly open access initiative. Open Access refers to research outputs which are distributed online and free of cost or other barriers. The Australian Population Studies journal was officially launched in November 2017 and the editorial team has recently produced its third issue.

Read the full story HERE

Professor Michael Christie’s keynote at the recent TopEndSTS SymposiumKeynote now available online

06 December 2018

Professor Michael Christie’s keynote at the recent TopEndSTS Symposium ‘Languages and Yolŋu Ground Up research: The metaphysics of translating and interpreting’ is now uploaded to our Vimeo channel.

View the presentation here

Find out more about TopEndSTS here

Dr Kishor Sharma

New 'Economic Analysis and Policy' Journal article 

05 December 2018

A new paper by Professor Kishor Sharma and colleagues 'Trends, patterns and determinants of production sharing in Australian manufacturing' is featured in the 'Economic Analysis and Policy' Journal this month.

You can read the full article and download it HERE


Prof Steven BirdKeeping Indigenous languages strong with mobile technologies

05 December 2018

The Australian Research Council has awarded Charles Darwin University (CDU) a $322,500 Discovery Grant to explore the use of mobile technologies to support Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together, and learning each other's languages in the process. Northern Institute linguist and computer scientist, Professor Steven Bird received the three-year grant in the latest funding round.

Professor Bird has already explored the use of mobile devices in his preliminary work to learn and teach Kunwinjku, the main language spoken in the West Arnhem region. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Christman treeBe nice and give this Christmas

04 December 2018

Not sure if you've been naughty or nice? Do something nice and help a Territory kid have a happy Christmas!

Once again Northern Institute are helping our friends at the CDU Office of People and Capability to collect presents for the Salvos to give to some less fortunate Territory kids to enjoy this Christmas. This year we are focussing on the age group 11-16 years.If you'd like to give - please leave your new (unwrapped) gift under the Northern Institute Christmas Tree (CDU Yellow 1 Level 2) by COB Monday 17 December.

For ideas on what to give click HERE

Dr Linda FordNew Australian Journal of Education Paper

04 December 2018

‘Re-imaging Aboriginal leadership in higher education – A new Indigenous research paradigm’

This new Australian Journal of Education Paper was a collaboration with many Northern Institute researchers contributing and lead by Dr Linda Payi Ford.

Read the paper HERE

Citrus cankerCDU creates citrus canker alert videos 

03 December 2018

The Northern Institute at CDU has produced three videos in English, Creole and Yolngu Matha to help spread the word about citrus canker eradication in the bush.

Citrus canker is not harmful to humans or animals but is highly contagious. It affects the quality and quantity of citrus fruit produced, and the ability of citrus growers to sell their produce interstate and internationally.

Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Dr Linda Ford said eradication messages had been translated into Top End Indigenous languages, so the messages are explained directly to community members. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Dr Judith Lovel

Special edition journal now online 

3 December 2018

A journal that explores the practice of developing ethical relationships in Central Australia’s complex research environment has been launched in Alice Springs.

Co-editor and Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr Judith Lovell said the inspiration for the special edition of the Learning Communities journal was the 2017 Knowledge Intersections symposium, where researchers from throughout the Red Centre gathered to explore the concept of “crossings”. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Gotha receives award on country Gotha receives award on country 

3 December 2018

Northern Institute’s Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka made the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2018 and was recently officially appointed a Member of the Order of Australia by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM.  

For the first time, the Investiture ceremony was held on Gäwa, Elcho Island, which is Gotha’s country. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

working paper 4

New ‘Working Paper’ Published

27 November 2018

In the ‘Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey’ of 2017- 61.6% responded ‘Yes’. The working paper ‘The geography of Australia’s Marriage Law Postal Survey outcome’ explores the geographical pattern of ‘Yes’ voters. It was written by Northern Institute Demographers Dr Tom Wilson & Fiona Shalley with Francisco Perales from the University of Queensland. Read the paper HERE


VC's awards

CONGRATS to NI staff for their nominations & wins at the CDU Vice Chancellors Awards for Exception Performance today!

26 November 2018

NOMINATED for Exception Performance by Professional Staff Team: CIFAS Administration Team (which includes the Northern Institute Research Support Service team)
In recognition of unfaltering and innovative research and administration services, demonstrating resilience, adaptation and cooperation.

NOMINATED for Exceptional Research Team: NI's Realist Research Evaluation & Learning Initiative Team
In recognition of national and international leadership in evaluation research and methodology AND their outstanding success in winning evaluation research grants and tenders.

WINNER of the Exceptional Research Team: NI's Demography & Growth Planning team
In recognition of the application of the team's research to government policy formulation, generating significant revenue and forging a prominent national and international research profile.

View the pics and share the good news on Facebook and Twitter

Learning Communities Journal (LCJ) launched

23rd edition of NI’s Learning Communities Journal launched

12 November 2018

The latest edition of the Learning Communities Journal (LCJ): International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts was launched at CDU Alice Springs campus and hosted by the CDU Library on 12 November.

NI's Director, Professor Ruth Wallace formally launched the journal with over 20 people attending. Catering was supplied by 'Kungas can Cook'.

Number 23 of the LCJ is a Special Issue titled: Ethical relationships, ethical research in Aboriginal contexts: Perspectives from central Australia. In this special issue, researchers share the experiences, the challenges, the positions and the reflections of researchers from diverse backgrounds who are working in a range of discipline areas in central Australian Aboriginal research contexts. What emerges from these different perspectives is a map of the ethical terrain across which researchers and research participants traverse, and which will, inform both the academy and those embarking or engaged on journeys across this terrain. This journal is FREE to read online or download HERE

'Australian Population Studies'

New 'Australian Population Studies' journal released

12 November 2018

A new issue of the 'Australian Population Studies' journal (Vol 2.No 2) has just been published.

This journal is FREE to read and download HERE

Dr Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka, 2018 NT Senior of the Year winner, announced the 2019 Senior NT Senior of the Year

2019 Northern Territory Australian of the Year Nomination Night

8 November 2018

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Dr Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka, 2018 NT Senior of the Year winner, announced the 2019 Senior NT Senior of the Year winner Charlie King OAM, a human rights campaigner from Darwin.

Bettina Danganbarr the 2018 NT Local Hero of the Year winner, presented the 2019 award to Kate and Tick Everett — parents of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett and advocates against bullying from Katherine.

Danzal Baker or ‘Baker Boy’ a rapper and dancer from Milingimbi won the 2019 NT Young Territorian of the Year.

And Michael Long, AFL champion and community leader from Darwin won the 2019 NT Australian of the Year. Michael is an advocate for reconciliation who prompted the AFL to introduce a racial abuse code. View all the pics from the night HERE

Dr Rebecca Hardwick Welcome Dr Rebecca Hardwick

8 November 2018

Please welcome Dr Rebecca Hardwick to the NI family. Rebecca (Becky) is a post-doc research associate working with the Realist Research, Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI) team. 
Her PhD at the University of Exeter was on how third sector (not for profit) healthcare organisations use research and other kinds of knowledge in their work.

You can contact Rebecca on 8946 7491 or

NI meets Indonesian Ministry of Defence

Indonesian Ministry of Defence visit

07 November 2018

Professor Ruth Wallace recently met with an Indonesian Ministry of Defence Delegation at Northern Institute including officials Lieutenant Colonel Luma Sahap Maranata and Major Mahfut to discuss potential cross-collaboration projects and CDU’s capability to partner in training and research in areas such as disaster preparedness and emergency management, public policy and local governance. The delegation presented Professor Wallace with a very impressive engraved medallion to commemorate the meeting.

Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies Greg Williams Indigenous language school open for business

05 November 2018

Charles Darwin University has opened its enrolment books in the lead up to a summer school program designed to increase awareness and understanding of endangered Indigenous languages.

Senior Indigenous Studies Lecturer Greg Williams said three workshops were on offer through the Australian Indigenous Languages Institute (AILI) at the CDU Sydney Centre from January 14-25 next year.

“We are offering an Introduction to Yolngu Languages and Culture, a beginner’s course to Gamilaraay (an east Australian language) and an Introduction to Linguistics for Indigenous Languages,” Mr Williams said. Full Story here

Professors Greg Shaw and Ruth Wallace Seamless transition for social sciences and education

05 November 2018

Long-time CDU academics are steering two important new areas of the university, with Professors Ruth Wallace and Greg Shaw now heading social sciences and education teaching and research.

The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society brings together expertise in Indigenous knowledge practices, human geography, disaster preparedness and management, languages, humanities and the creative industries.

The Dean, Professor Ruth Wallace, said the college aimed to be a leader in creative and innovative approaches to engaging with many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. Read more....

Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka’s Investiture on country

Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka’s Investiture on country

30 October 2018

Northern Institute’s Dr Guthadjaka made the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2018 and this week she was officially appointed a Member of the Order of Australia by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory. For the first time, the Investiture ceremony was held on Gäwa, Elcho Island which is Gotha’s country. A small delegation of Gotha’s colleagues including Northern Institute Director and College Dean of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, Professor Ruth Wallace, travelled to Gäwa to help commemorate the occasion. The event was preceded over by senior Warramirri clan Elder Daymaŋu (James) Bukulatjpi.

The entire community and school gathered to celebrate with prayers from Allan Maratja and speeches delivered by family including Clive Munyarryun and Mawuyul Yanthalawuy AM, who received her Order of Australia in 1991 for service to education and to Aboriginal culture.
Dances were performed by Gäwa and Galiwin’ku Youth and a banner dance by David Stanfield. The ceremony also included a Citizenship Ceremony for Gäwa Christian School Principal Rachel Herweynen. A highlight of the program was a performance by the Elcho Island Junior Choir, who originally formed as primary age children in the early 1960’s. The choir sang a hymn in a local language, Gupapuyngu. Government dignitaries in attendance included Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and Independent member for Nhulunbuy, Mr Yingiya Guyula MLA. After the formalities, the whole community joined together for an afternoon tea and to sing happy birthday to Gotha who only days before celebrated her 70th birthday.

Northern Australian Women Scientists gather for launch Catalysing Women Science Program

22 October 2018

Calling All Women in Science - 'Catalysing Women Science Program in Northern Australia' was successfully launched on the 18 October 2018 at Darwin Innovation Hub, Darwin. Over 50 people attended and they had the opportunity to share their thoughts and knowledge about women in science.

For further information about this program, please contact Professor Cathy Robinson via

View pics from the event

Wuyagiba students on campus

Wuyagiba students meet researchers on campus

20 October 2018

Recently staff from CDU’s Northern Institute and the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods met with a group of 17 prospective students from Wuyagiba (on the coast between Ngukkur and Numbulwar) who were travelling through Darwin on their way to Sydney to visit Macquarie University. The folks in the group are part of a study group who have set up their own study hub at their outstation at Wuyagiba and are getting ready for tertiary study. They dropped into CDU to meet staff and to get an idea of the study options available at Charles Darwin University. Read more

Chancellor, Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka & Ruth Wallace

Gotha's Honorary Doctorate & CDU Graduation 2018

12 October 2018

On Friday, Northern Institute celebrated many milestones at the CDU Graduation Ceremony 2018. Gotha (Kathy Guthadjaka) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. Our first two Master of Public Policy students graduated. Three of the five PhD students that were awarded their Doctorates were Northern Institute students. Congratulations to everyone!

View the graduation pictures HERE

NI creates Biosecurity alert videos

NI creates Biosecurity alert videos

12 October 2018

Citrus canker has been identified in the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) prompting a nationally coordinated response to eradicate the disease, with movement controls and quarantine measures in place to prevent further spread.

Northern Institute are recording Biosecurity alert videos in English, Kriol & Yolŋu Matha, for the NTG Department of Primary Industry and Resources, to help spread the word to communities across the Top End about citrus canker and what do to if you have a citrus plant.

The recording team includes Mutha (Brenda) Muthamuluwuy and NI researchers Joanne Gondarra, Linda & Emily Ford with Pat Josse providing the technical expertise. To find out more about Citrus Canker visit HERE

Dr Kathy Guthadjaka

CDU grads big day on Friday

11 October 2018

For hundreds of graduands participating in Charles Darwin University’s graduation ceremonies tomorrow (Friday, 12 October), the hard work and effort is about to pay off.

Kathy Guthadjaka will be recognised as an Honorary Doctor of Education for her lifelong dedication to the education of Yolŋu people and will present the Occassional Address at the afternoon ceremony. Also known as Gotha, Dr Guthadjaka’s work in the formation of bilingual and intercultural education is known throughout Australia and stems from her passionate belief that children who form a strong, clan-based identity will be able to take their place confidently in Australian society.

She is continuing to revitalise the Warramiri language and culture through the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, and her work as Senior Research Fellow and Elder on Country at CDU’s Northern Institute. Read more...

Dr Deepika

Five ways to reduce waste (and save money) on your home renovation

4 October 2018

Deepika Mathur article in The Conversation
On average, renovating a home generates far more waste than building a new one from scratch. This waste goes straight to landfill, damaging the environment. It also hurts your budget: first you have to pay for demolition, then the new materials, and then disposal of leftover building products. By keeping waste in mind from the start and following some simple guidelines, you can reduce the waste created by your home renovation. Read the story

Prof Ruth Wallace & Ben Grimes @ PPP

Seminar discusses the politics of language and its implications on Aboriginal Territorians

2 October 2018

Ben Grimes is a CDU lecturer, lawyer and linguist who specialises in communication issues in the criminal justice system and cross-cultural legal education. Recently Ben presented a People. Policy. Place Seminar to highlight the implications of English language dominance in government on speakers of minority languages. Over 50 people attended including Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Mr Yingiya Guyula who also spoke about his experience communicating in English in Parliament when it is not his first language. Read the abstract

People.Policy.Place Seminars are recorded and uploaded to Northern Institute’s VIMEO Channel.

Prof Barry Judd

PVC Indigenous Leadership shares his research at Indigenous Seminar

27 September 2018

Northern Institute is a proud co-host of the very successful ‘Indigenous Seminar Series’ which is facilitated by Tracey Woodroffe, Indigenous lecturer, academic & Northern Institute PhD student. Recently, Professor Barry Judd, Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership (& Senior NI Professorial Fellow) presented ‘(White) Australian Rules’.

This seminar provided an overview of his recent research engagements with Aboriginal people and sport in central Australia. Professor Judd outlined the key findings and understandings that emerged from his study of Australian (Rules) Football as played and organised by the remote community of Papunya, 240kms North West of Alice Springs.

Dr Heather Gibb

NI Ageing researcher featured in Australian Association of Gerontology promotion

26 September 2018

Dr Heather Gibb is a Northern Institute academic expert in ageing and support for ageing. Last year, Heather was a delegate to the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) conference in Alice Springs & was selected to be interviewed for a production on healthy ageing in the community. The video is called 'Ageing is Living: Expert Perspectives. Community engagement in an older Australia'.

This video will likely feature as a material submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety by the AAG. Heather appears in the video talking about remote communities as places for growing old. Link to the video

Ptere Strachan

Stats show rise and fall in Indigenous employment

03 September 2018

A CDU analysis of data gathered 30 years apart shows Indigenous employment has risen in Alice Springs but fallen elsewhere in the Red Centre.

Peter Strachan has been comparing data gathered at the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census in 1986 with that taken in 2016 as part of a Masters research project into Indigenous employment in Central Australia.

“The status of Aboriginal employment in Alice was about 31 per cent in 1986 and almost 36 per cent in 2016,” Mr Strachan said. Read more.....

Dr Deepika Mathur

Waste project boosted by funding

03 September 2018

Alice Springs researcher Dr Deepika Mathur has won a $50,000 grant for a project to tackle the mounting challenge of construction industry waste in Australia and India.

The Northern Institute Research Fellow said the project would allow her to deliver workshops in New Delhi and Darwin next year that focus on an issue critical to both nations.

“We will work with colleagues from the University of Melbourne to present the workshops that address crucial construction and demolition waste management issues and bring stakeholders together to learn from each other’s experiences," Dr Mathur said. Full story here

Dr Tom Wilson

Population expert to brief United Nations

03 September 2018

One of the Territory’s own was given the distinction of presenting new population research to the United Nations this month.

Charles Darwin University Principal Research Fellow Dr Tom Wilson will address the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs at its New York headquarters.

Dr Wilson said the United Nations was keen to hear his findings about whether users wanted to know about uncertainty in subnational population forecasts. It has been a high priority of the division tasked with estimating and projecting levels and trends of populations for every country. Read more.....

Prof Stephen Granett

Indigenous people are ‘critical to conservation’

07 August 2018

Indigenous people own or manage at least one-quarter of the world’s land surface, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Sustainability. Professor of Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods Stephen Garnett, who led the international consortium that developed the maps, said that understanding the extent of lands over which indigenous peoples retained traditional connection was critical for several conservation and climate agreements.

Professor Cathy Robinson, of both Charles Darwin University and the CSIRO, said some countries stood out as having significant levels of indigenous engagement with conservation.

“In Australia, nearly half of all protected areas were owned and managed by Indigenous peoples,” she said. “The coincidence between the interests of Indigenous peoples and conservation is a cornerstone of Australia’s conservation policy.” Full story here

Dr Linda Ford & Environmental researchers Researchers probe mystery of dying turtles

07 August 2018

Environmental researchers are investigating an increase in malnourished and perished long neck turtles at Finniss River, two hours south-west of Darwin.

Research Fellow Dr Carla Eisemberg said CDU was working with Territory Natural Resource Management on the project.

Dr Linda Ford is also involved in the project as she is a Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu a traditional landowner of Twin Hill Station located on the Wagait Aboriginal Land Trust. Read more....

Dr Tom WilsonAussie cities on track for 8 million people

07 August 2018

Australia’s population is on track to reach “somewhere in the high 30 millions” by the middle of the century with Sydney and Melbourne to top over eight million people each, a leading demographer reported to a national conference in Darwin recently. Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Principal Research Fellow Dr Tom Wilson said Sydney and Melbourne would be similar in population by mid-century, and about the size that London is today.

“We expect to see some growth in regional Australia but stronger growth in the capital cities. The percentage of people living in metropolitan areas will increase from about 67 per cent today to about 73 per cent by mid-century,” Dr Wilson said. Full story

Demographers Anita Maertens and Fiona Shalley Alice counts on migrants to boost population

07 August 2018

One of the keys to increasing Alice Springs’ population could rest with the town’s burgeoning migrant community, Charles Darwin University researchers said at a forum in the Red Centre recently.

CDU Northern Institute Research Fellow Fiona Shalley said that while the town’s population dropped by two per cent in the five years to the 2016 Census, there was a “strong growth potential”, particularly among the Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Indian and Filipina populations, all of which experienced substantial increases.

“Alice Springs has always had a strong multicultural mix, but this is now more-so than ever with several new migrant communities growing strongly and an increase in the diversity of the overseas-born population,” Ms Shalley said. Read more...

Dr Kerstin ZanderAir-con not the cool option in high density cities

19 July 2018

A new Charles Darwin University study has found that air-conditioners are starting to lose their effectiveness in combatting heat stress in high density population areas.

The study, led by CDU Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr Kerstin Zander, focussed on urban Philippines and investigated perceptions that heat stress increased with population density.

Published online recently in Environmental Research Letters the study found that more than 90 per cent of those surveyed had experienced heat stress and the level of heat stress correlated with population density. Dr Zander said heat stress could harm people’s health, impair well-being and reduce productivity. Read more.....

Dr Tom WilsonAussie cities on track for 8 million people

17 July 2018

Australia’s population is on track to reach “somewhere in the high 30 millions” by the middle of the century with Sydney and Melbourne to top 8 million people each, a leading demographer will report to a national conference in Darwin this week. Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Principal Research Fellow Dr Tom Wilson said Sydney and Melbourne would be similar in population by mid-century, and about the size that London is today.

“We expect to see some growth in regional Australia but stronger growth in the capital cities. The percentage of people living in metropolitan areas will increase from about 67 per cent today to about 73 per cent by mid-century,” Dr Wilson said. Read full story here


Professorial lecture - Prof. Ruth WallaceTerritorians urged to cause disruption

02 July 2018

The people of Northern Australia can take the lead in the future development and change of the region and cause the next major disruption in their lives, according to a Charles Darwin University academic.

College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Dean Professor Ruth Wallace will present the first Professorial Lecture for 2018 titled “Indigenous Advantage: can Northern Australia lead through innovation?” on Wednesday, 11 July.

The lecture will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the CDU Theatre, Casuarina campus. All welcome, but bookings are essential: RSVP to E: or T: 08 8946 6554. Read more...

Dr Andrew TaylorPopulation forum coincides with 25-million milestone

02 July 2018

The number of people living in Australia will conveniently reach the 25-million mark this month, about the same time that leading demographers, statisticians and researchers gather in Darwin for a national population conference. Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow and conference organiser Dr Andrew Taylor said a broad range of trends and issues would be examined during the three-day event, starting 18 July.

“One of the topics we’ll look at is the Australian population, which is on the cusp of a noteworthy milestone and growing at a particularly fast rate for a developed nation,” Dr Taylor said. Read full story here

NAIDOC 2018CDU gears up for NAIDOC Week

02 July 2018

The university will celebrate NAIDOC week with a series of events on the theme “Because of Her, We Can” from 9 July to13 July. During the celebrations CDU will recognise the achievements of the many Indigenous women who have made significant contributions to the university. The events being organised by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Northern Institute and CDU Library include the launch of the Djambarrpuynu Dictionary, an exhibition, the Indigenous Language and Research Forum, and lectures.

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Barry Judd said Indigenous women had inspired and driven change for staff and students.

“This is an opportunity to acknowledge the Indigenous women in our university community – their achievements, their voice, and passion to empower past generations and pave the way for generations to come,” Professor Judd said.

STEM Grant

Grant to support women in STEM

02 July 2018

Charles Darwin University is one of 22 organisations sharing in more than $4 million worth of Federal Government grants as part of the second round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) programme.

CDU Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Professor Ruth Wallace said the programme engaged entrepreneurship.

“The programme will be a catalyst in enabling women to drive evidence based approaches, innovation and unique solutions to the challenges and opportunities of northern Australia,” Professor Wallace said. Read more...

For a list of grant recipients, visit W:

Yolngu Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy

Language classes a must before Garma Festival

02 July 2018

People attending the Garma Festival in Gulkula, north-east Arnhem Land this year have the opportunity to undertake workshops in language and culture to enhance their experience and learning. College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, with the Australian Indigenous Language Institute, will hold two short intensive Yolngu language and culture courses in July in advance of the festival.

Yolngu Studies Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy said it was important to have an understanding of language and culture when visiting Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

Linguist Cathy Bow said the workshops, to be held in Darwin, were available to anyone who wanted to become more familiar with Yolngu language and culture.

The four-day intensive language learning workshop “Yolngu Mala Wangany: Yolngu are One” will run from 23-26 July from 9am to 1pm. Click here for more details


Gotha and Former Governor General

NI researcher Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) awarded AM

11 June 2018

KATHY Guthadjaka has been awarded an AM for significant service to the Indigenous community through contributions to education and cultural preservation in East Arnhem Land.

The distinguished campaigner’s service includes:

      • SENIOR Research Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, current.
      • EDUCATOR Shepherdson College Galiwin’ku, 48 years.
      • GAWA Christian School - Elcho Island
      • HOMELAND Visiting Teacher, since 1990s.
      • FORMER Assistant Teacher and Language/Cultural Consultant.
      • HELPED establish the community and the school.

Her other awards and recognition includes:RECIPIENT, Northern Territory Female Elder on Country Award, NT NAIDOC Committee, 2015 and; SENIOR Australian of the Year, Northern Territory, 2018. NT News story

Marianne St ClairForum to highlight broadband benefits to Indigenous health

04 June 2018

Northern Institute research fellow Marianne St Clair will join other experts to discuss the advances in connectivity and digital inclusion in regional, rural and remote Australia at the Broadband for the Bush Alliance Forum VII this week 6-8 June. The conference is supported by Northern Institute. Read the story HERE

Linda Ford & Alby MarshNI Project wins National Science Exchange Program - Collaboration Award 2018

01 June 2018

We won!!! NI researchers Dr Linda Ford and Professor Ruth Wallace with Plant and Food Research (NZ) Alby Marsh have won the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre 2018 Collaboration Award: For the demonstration of exemplary collaboration skills, bringing together different disciplines and organisations in novel ways for better plant biosecurity outcomes. Linda and Alby accepted the award which recognised their research project ‘Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement: A Focus on Biosecurity Threats’.

Read full story HERE
Read more about their award winning project HERE

Australia’s non-heterosexual population

Estimates of Australia’s non-heterosexual population

01 June 2018

Just published: Estimates of Australia’s non-heterosexual population. A paper by NI Demographers Dr Tom Wilson and Fiona Sharley.

Read the paper:…/article/view/23

Nafsa2018NI at NAFSA

31 May 2018

We are at NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo 2018, Philadelphia, the biggest International educationa event of the year. 10000 attendees from more than 3500 educational institutions from over 100 countries. And we are promoting our unique NT as the best place to visit, study and do research. Visit the conference website HERE

Symposium co-convenors Dr Lisa Papatraianou and Dr Al Strangeways

Symposium showcases Red Centre research

29 May 2018

In welcoming more than 70 delegates to the second annual Knowledge Intersections symposium held at Alice Springs, Northern Institute Director Ruth Wallace said it was important to gather together and think about knowledge and how researchers work together. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Ganesh Koramannil

Congratulations Ganesh!

29 May 2018

Ganesh Koramannil is an Northern Institute PhD student, who also lecturers in the area of Indigenous Knowledges, Linguistics and Education at CDU, and received the Emerging Scholar Award at the Eighteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. Read the full CDU E-news story HERE

Gawa Cosmology Field TripGäwa Cosmology Field Trip

24 May 2018

Gäwa Cosmology Field Trip led by Dr Linda Ford with Ben Van Gelderen and Joanne Gondarra for the ARC Aboriginal Cosmology Project : What this means for women and gender public policy and Milky Oyster Project. Gäwa is situated on the northern tip of Elcho Island in Arnhem Land, NT.

More info about our project can be found HERE. Note: These pics are subject to copyright and may not to be copied or distributed in anyway without permission of Northern Institute.

NT Non-Resident Workforce in 2016New report: The NT’s non-resident workforce

18 May 2018

The Territory's Non-Resident Workforce in 2016: Four things you need to know by Dr Andrew Taylor - Demographer and Growth Planning, Northern Institute.

The ‘Local Jobs Package’ in the Territory’s 2018/19 Budget ( included initiatives encouraging workers in mining and other sectors to base in the Territory.

In the past, the Territory has had the highest proportion of non-resident workers of all jurisdictions (other than the ACT). We’ve crunched the latest data and here are four key things you need to know: Read the full story HERE

Noel FinchVale Noel Finch

18 May 2018

We were saddened to hear that Noel Finch a PhD student and friend of Northern Institute passed away this week after a long but heroic battle with cancer.

Noel had an extensive background and experience teaching and mentoring first nations throughout his life from being a primary teacher on Thursday Island to Principal of Aboriginal community College (Adelaide), he was also Head of School of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (Kangaroo Point College of TAFE) and Associate Director with Batchelor College.

Noel was young at heart and drawing on his deep experience in Indigenous education when he joined the Northern Institute to accomplish his life-long dream to complete his PhD. He achieved this in December 2017 with the successful awarding of his PhD for his thesis. Read more.....

IDAHOBIT DAY International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

17 May 2018

NI staff were thrilled to attend this event held on CDU campus today.
Guest Speakers:
- Sally Sievers, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, NT
- Meredith Parry, Deputy Vice Chancellor CDU
- Dr Danielle Stewart, Northside Health NT, and
- Louisa Manning-Watson, NT QUTE

The speakers were amazing plus there were performances by NT's most fabulous DragQueens Vogue MegaQueen and Tiwi sistagirl Shaniqua. The event was beamed via conference to all CDU campuses, and there were cupcakes available via gold coin donation (proceeds donated to Minus 18, Australia’s youth driven network for LGBTIQ youth).

Congratulations Belinda Chaplin for such an entertaining, insightful and successful event. Link to more photos

queer eye "Northern Institute gets it"

15 May 2018

Article 'Queer eye for the Straight City' by Jill Diane Pope discusses NT's declining population and could a queer makeover encourage people to settle in Darwin.

Read the article:…/queer-eye-for-the-st…/

The Crawford Fund - NT Forum

The Crawford Fund – NT Forum

10 May 2018

Northern Institute attended The Crawford Fund - NT Forum 'Developing the Indo-Pacific Region and Developing the North: Opportunities and Partnerships', 10 May (Parliament House).

Dr Helen Garnett MC'd the event. Dr Garnett is a former CDU Vice-Chancellor and currently Chair of the Crawford Fund’s Northern Territory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. Hon Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, opened the event. Samantha Nowland was awarded the Crawford Fund 2018 International Student Award for Northern Territory. Samantha's research is about Coastal Women’s Enterprise Building; with a Case study in pearl handicraft in Tonga, Fiji.

Keynote was given by Prof Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and former head of the Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), Charles Darwin University (CDU). His keynote focused on progress in global food security, and ACIAR and the NT’s role in agricultural development efforts.

Professor Simon Maddocks, Vice Chancellor and President of CDU managed a panel of some of the students and trainers explaining the innovative NT research and training underway to benefit both our neighbours’ and the Top End’s agriculture, and the benefits flowing back to them personally and professionally – highlighting the real win-win-win that results from ‘doing well by doing good’. View all the pics here

Professor Rolf Gerritsen

What did the 2018 Budget do for the Territory?

08 May 2018

NI's Professor Rolf Gerritsen contributed to this article on the impact of the Federal Budget on the #NT for 'The Conversation'

Read the full story

Ben Van Gelderen

Researchers win $12,000 for history projects

01 May 2018

An NI PhD candidate and CDU lecturer has won a $2000 grant in support of a doctoral history project into the Warramiri clan and the establishment of the Gäwa community on Elcho Island in the Northern Territory. Growing Our Own Coordinator Ben Van Gelderen said the funds would allow him to travel to the remote East Arnhem community, where he once worked as a school teacher, to further his “best of both worlds” research project

“The Gäwa story is a powerful local narrative, which also will resonate with many Northern Territory communities and broader Indigenous histories,” Mr van Gelderen said.
Read the full Enews story by Patrick Nelson:

jeanette millier

PhD student to keynote

01 May 2018

Northern Institute PhD candidate Jeanette Millier is keynoting at the upcoming Knowledge Intersections II Symposium to be held in Alice Springs, 17 May. Jeanette is in the latter stages of an ethnological study that involves the collection of “authentic stories by a group of remote central Australian Aboriginal families who discuss the ‘growing up’ of their children”. Read the full CDU Enews story here

Aboriginal Tourism WorkshopAboriginal Tourism Workshop

30 April 2018

Northern Institute (NI) hosted a day-long workshop April 30 that saw an amazing group of Aboriginal tourism small business operators come together to talk about ‘Developing product innovation platforms for Indigenous/Aboriginal Tourism SMEs: Supporting Aboriginal economic participation through coordinated product diversification’.

A combination of discussion about product development and innovation platforms, keynote speakers, investigation of potential grants that could support new ideas and feedback from some invited Northern Territory Government representatives made for a very interesting day. Full Story and more photos...

Immigrant-born workers... Kate & Alicia

New paper published

16 April 2018

Congratulations to NI researchers Dr Kate Golebiowska & Alicia Boyle along with NI Adjunct Sophie Pennec and CDU VET's Denise Horvath who have just published a paper "Immigrant-born workers and quality early childhood education and care in the Northern Territory, Australia" in the International Journal of Training Research.

The paper showcases collaboration between Northern Institute (Kate and Alicia), Institut National d'Etudes Demographiques (National Institute of Demographics) in Paris (Sophie) and CDU VET Children’s Services and Education Support.

Read the paper HERE

Emily Ford - NT Young Achiever Awards

NT Young Achiever Awards 2018

13 April 2018

Friday night we joined the Ford family at the NT Young Achiever Awards to support Emily Ford, a Northern Institute junior research assistant and @CDUni Law student who was a finalist of the Genesee & Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award. It was a close race with some inspiring leaders in the running including 2016 NT’s Miss World Australia entrant Magnolia Maymuru but the winner was Daryl Lacey. Daryl is dedicated to helping conserve Australia’s northern environments and Indigenous cultures, was a senior ranger with the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and is a Team Leader with the Federal Department of Agriculture. Daryl’s work covers the Top End with a focus on North Eastern Arnhem Land. He has created strong links and facilitated better outcomes for Northern Australian biosecurity efforts. Daryl is also an accomplished sportsman. Congratulations Daryl and all the finalists for being role models in your community and beyond. See more pics HERE

NI hands over International Women’s Day donations

NI hands over International Women’s Day donations

12 April 2018

This week Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace, handed over nearly $400 raised from the gold coin donation entry and cup-cake fundraiser held at Northern Institute’s annual International Women’s Day function in March.

Paula Hawthorne and baby Lauren (who slept through the entire event) joined Mary Petersen to accept the donation on behalf of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA). The money raised will help the local branch to continue to provide their valuable services to the Darwin, Palmerston and Rural community.

To find out more about the ABA’s services and events please visit their Facebook page HERE.

CIFAS admin office opening

New College office opening!

03 April 2018

Congratulations to the new College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society (CIFAS), which NI is now a part of,  who opened their reception area today at CDU Casuarina Campus - Yellow 1 Level 2 - the CIFAS admin team now have a dedicated area to support their staff and we all celebrated with black forest cake.  To find out more visit the CIFAS Facebook page LINK

Pic: Professor Ruth Wallace (Acting Dean, CIFAS) symbollically breaks a bottle of sparkling while Alan Graham (CIFAS College Manager) cuts the cake

Jakarta ‘Realist Evaluation’ workshop

Jakarta ‘Realist Evaluation’ workshop

03 April 2018

NI Realist Evaluation expert Gill Westhorp travelled to Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia in Jakarta recently to run a three day ‘Introduction to Realist Evaluation’ workshop. The workshop was jointly sponsored by Northern Institute (CDU), Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia and Wahana Visi (World Vision Indonesia). Over the past four years, Gill has led a capacity-building realist evaluation of a Citizen Voice and Action program conducted by Wahana Visi - co-facilitators for the Jakarta workshop were drawn from that group.

“It’s fantastic to see the progress those team members have made,” Gill said, “from participants in training workshops themselves to helping to provide training in realist evaluation for others.”

More than 30 participants took part and came from several universities, Wahana Visi’s national office and international regional office, international non-government organisations and evaluation consultants in Indonesia.

“This workshop filled in three days after it was advertised, and there’s a lot of interest in running a repeat event later in the year. We really hope to see more realist evaluation in Indonesia over time,” said Gill. To find out more about NI’s Realist Evaluation work please visit HERE

Cyclone Marcus

Cyclone Marcus & 'Lessons not learned' - An article by NI researchers Deepika Mathur & Supriya Mathew

27 March 2018

Darwin was directly in the path of Cyclone Marcus and suffered severe impacts from wind gusts up to 130km/hour on Saturday, March 17. Northern Territory authorities made no declaration of emergency, but the Insurance Council of Australia declared it a “catastrophe” for the Greater Darwin region. Marcus is considered the city’s second-worst cyclone after Tracy, which devastated Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974.

The good news is that no deaths have been reported. But had it been a category 4 or 5 cyclone, instead of category 2, how would the city have fared?

The post-Marcus chaos in Greater Darwin is not just “a real wake-up call”, but a typical case of lessons yet to be learned. For example, large shallow-rooted trees planted after Cyclone Tracy and overhead power lines brought down in the cyclone were both hazards that could have been avoided. Read more...

Prof Barry Judd

Bush footy may be health key - researcher

26 March 2018

An Australian Rules football competition in Central Australia’s bush communities may hold the key to improved health and wellbeing outcomes among Aboriginal people, a Charles Darwin University researcher says. Northern Institute Indigenous Social Researcher Professor Barry Judd put forward the idea to guests of philanthropist Susan Alberti at the Australian Club in Melbourne this month on the eve of the 2018 AFL season.

“I spoke about the wellbeing benefits of playing football in Indigenous communities such as Papunya, and of the need for an on-country football league with support from the AFL industry to operate out there in a way that it hasn’t to date,” Professor Judd said.

“I explained that these communities are relatively safe places for young men to play football. They are places where they know how to behave socially according to traditional law, and where elders are able to engage with younger men and put them on a right path in life through football.”

Professor Judd, a descendant of the Pitjantjatjara people and a leading scholar on Aboriginal participation in Australian sport, has spent several years observing the social impact of Australian Rules on Indigenous Australia and how participation in organised sport affects identity and everyday life in remote communities. Read the full story here

NI celebrates their 8th International Women’s Day event

18 March 2018

Over 70 guests gathered on CDU campus March 8 for Northern Institute’s annual International Women’s Day event. An opening address was presented by the newly appointed NT Administrator Her Honour Vicki O’Halloran with The Hon Lauren Moss MLA delivering the keynote speech. Bo Remenyi, Northern Territory Australian of the Year, was guest of honour and Bilawara Lee, CDU’s Indigenous Academic in Residence provided the Welcome to Country. The gold coin entry fee & cupcake fundraiser raised several hundreds of dollars for the local branch of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA).

IWD 2018

As well as a delicious morning tea and Photo-booth for people to express their #PressforParity support there were displays by:

- Australian Breastfeeding Association
- Childbirth Education Foundation
- CDU Office of People and Capability
- Northern Territory Education Union
- CDU International House
- Centrelink
- Miracle Babies Foundation
- Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

After the morning tea Northern Institute, in partnership with the ABA, ran a panel discussion entitled ‘Paid work & Parenting: Policy Matters’ addressing the issue of returning to work as a primary carer of children, the challenges faced and the policies that make it easier. The panel was MC’d by Megan Lawton with panel members including The Hon Lia Finocciaro MLA, NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers and primary caregivers Amy Harrison and James Courtney. It was wonderful to see so many women taking part in the Q&A and particularly families with young children and babies attending the event as a whole – we hope this tradition continues for future IWD celebrations. See you at IWD2019!

View event photographs LINK
View Photo-booth photographs LINK

otential paths for Australia's future population

You decide Australia’s population, we’ll show you how it looks

13 March 2018

Australia's population has more than quadrupled in the past century, with the number of people tipped to reach 25 million this year. If current trends continue the population will top 40 million within 40 years.

Some say Australia should have stopped growing decades ago. Others point out Australia is a wealthy country with plenty of space to welcome more. This is your chance to decide how big (or small) you think Australia should be.

"A lot of debates about population size seem to focus solely on the total population number. But in many ways the age structure of the population is much more important," demographer Tom Wilson, a principal research fellow at Charles Darwin University, said. Read the full story here

Demography March 10`

NT Government urged to focus on seven ‘key areas’ to boost shrinking population

11 March 2018

WORK is the main reason people move to the Territory, but it’s also a driving force for people to pack up and leave, new research shows. To boost the NT’s shrinking population, Charles Darwin University researchers Andrew Taylor and Dean Carson are recommending the Gunner Government focus on seven key areas — which will give the best “return on investment”.

Priorities include attracting women early in their early working life, making the NT more ‘retiree friendly’ and keeping people in the Territory as they progressed in their career.

“The Territory is now eight years into a low population growth era featuring deterioration in interstate migration, and particularly the ‘failure to arrive’ of large numbers of people in what previously were key migrant groups,” researchers found.

“During the past four years NT growth has generally been well below the national rate and this has created a decline in the NT’s share of the national population.” Read More

Dr Deepika

What is a 'SmartSkip'?

07 March 2018

James Dean of ABC Radio Alice Springs talks to NI researcher Deepika Mathur (pictured) about a new smart skip trial taking place in Alice Springs to better understand building wastage & improve productivity with recycling & landfill. Listen Here


Women to Press for Progress at celebration

06 March 2018

The Northern Territory will join the global call to action to “Press for Progress” when some of the NT’s most prominent women gather at Charles Darwin University this week to celebrate International Women’s Day. The 8th International Women’s Day event hosted by the Northern Institute on the theme #PressforProgress will include speakers Her Honour the Honourable Administrator of the Northern Territory Vicki O’Halloran AM and Lauren Moss MLA. Also attending are NT Australian of the Year award recipients Bo Remenyi and Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka.

The aim of the international event is to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Her Honour the Administrator said there was no doubt that a global movement was occurring. “Ensuring that this momentum does not dwindle is the responsibility of all of us – across genders, ages and cultures,” she said. “It is my experience that together we can achieve great things.” Read more....

apokries greek party feb2018

Director supports local Greek Community ‘Apokries’ Party

23 February 2018

The Guardians of the Greek Language and Culture in conjunction with Darwin Friends of FLOGA Inc. hosted a “Apokries” Fancy Dress Party at the Greek Orthodox Community Hall in Cavenagh St in February. Many families attended the event to support the Hellenic & Greek Program at Charles Darwin University (CDU) as well as FLOGA (Parents Association of Children with Cancer). There was live music from a band of young Greek people who played traditional songs from the Greek islands. The event was supported by numerous families as well as officials of CDU.

Representatives of CDU included Professor Simon Maddocks, Vice Chancellor of CDU, and his wife Vicky Maddocks, Professor Ruth Wallace, Dean of the College Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society and Director of Northern Institute, Dr Christian Bok, Dr Stephen Miller. Associate Professor George Frazis was the MC for the night and presented two short videos showcasing activities of the organisers. Professor Maddocks gave a speech and welcomed the synergy between the Guardians of Greek Language and the Darwin Friends of FLOGA Inc., who joined forces to support children and education.

It was hailed as a very successful night and demonstrated the support of the Greek Community towards the Greek and Hellenic Studies undertaken at CDU. Photographs of the event can be found on the Greek Community NT Facebook page.

Sweden Ambassador visit

Ambassador of Sweden visits Northern Institute

20 February 2018

The Ambassador of Sweden H.E. Par Ahlberger & Mrs Helene Ahlberger spent the morning at Northern Institute (NI) 13 February.  The Ambassador met with NI researchers to learn more about Indigenous populations and the challenges of living and working in remote communities as well as the current research work between NI and Umea University.

The Ambassador also met with Professor Lawrence Cram, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Research and Research Training, Stacey Faraway, Director of International and Sally-Anne Hodgetts, Manager International Projects and Operations to talk about the current and possible collaborations with Sweden and CDU in the areas of research and study.

The Ambassador was extremely pleased with the visit mentioning Northern Institute was the 'highlight of my visit' to Darwin. He also expressed a keen interest to visit NI again when he returns to Darwin in July this year. Visit LINK to view more photographs of the visit. 

Population Projection survey

Population Projection survey released

16 February 2018

Do you use population projections? Decisions based on the future population involve millions of dollars. Northern Institute (NI) want to know how you use them and how you process the uncertainty. The Population Projection survey forms part of research being undertaken by NI Demographers Dr Tom Wilson and Ms Fiona Shalley and focuses on how well users understand the uncertainty associated with population projections.

Survey purpose: Population projections are estimates of what the population may be in the future. We can't predict the future with certainty so all population projections include forecast error. This is associated with assumptions made about the elements of population change (births, deaths and migration), and the models and data used to estimate population change over time. We are interested in whether users of population projections understand the impact of this forecast error, which is often described as 'uncertainty', and whether users consider it in their decision making. We also want to investigate the best way to communicate the uncertainty to a range of different population projection users.

You can take part in the Population Projection Survey at this LINK

Treasure Language Storytelling

NI celebrates International Mother Language Day

12 February 2018

NI’s Professor Steven Bird will produce another "Treasure Language Storytelling" show to mark International Mother Language Day on 25 February 2018. Indigenous and immigrant women who have made Palmerston their home will share stories from the heart, at Durack Community Centre beside CDU's Palmerston Campus. Most other multicultural events focus on cuisine and costume, but Steven Bird designed this storytelling format as a way to celebrate the thousands of small languages still spoken in the world today, and to publicly recognise the people who are keeping them strong. The event has women share stories in Indigenous and immigrant languages with translations into English. Past audiences have described the event as "beautiful, inspiring, moving, rich, spine-tingling, eye-opening"! "Treasure Language Storytelling" is produced with Aikuma Project, in partnership with Darwin Community Arts. Book tickets

Prof Rolf

Researcher new president of regional science body

05 February 2018

Charles Darwin University’s Central Australian research leader Professor Rolf Gerritsen has ascended from vice president to president of the Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International for the next two years. The Alice Springs based professorial research fellow with CDU’s Northern Institute becomes the first person with a major research focus on remote Australia to lead the organisation.

“We will organise an annual conference for late in the year and publish an edition of the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies,” said Professor Gerritsen, who was elected president at the annual conference in Toowoomba. Read more...

Cat Street PPP

Indigenous Higher Education Policy presentation draws a crowd

25 January 2018

Cat Street, Project Coordinator at the Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership (CDU) presented our first People.Policy.Place seminar of the year in January. The seminar ‘Review of Indigenous Higher Education Policy in the Northern Territory – Where have we come from and where are we heading?’ was well attended by over 40 people.

Cat has experience in research and evaluation in health and education settings in the Northern Territory and internationally. She has been involved in delivery of numerous initiatives that aimed to unlock capacity of remote Indigenous communities in the areas of health promotion and higher education. She shared her findings of a research project that examined Indigenous perspectives of ‘success’ in higher education in the context of an ever-evolving Indigenous higher education policy landscape with particular attention to historical government higher education policies and the responses of institutions in the NT to these policies.

The event was recorded and uploaded for viewing on the Northern Institute Vimeo channel

TerritoryQ CDU technology

Don't Forget to Pick Up a Copy of The Latest TERRITORYQ Magazine

24 January 2018

NI researchers Dr Kerstin Zander & Dr Deepika Mathur are taking part in two of four NEW Charles Darwin University major technology projects addressing the NT's energy & waste problems – view link to read all about it in the latest TerritoryQ Magazine.


Dr Judith Lovell and Dr Al Strangeways Town still upset with statue, say researchers

12 December 2017

The John McDouall Stuart statue in Alice Springs continues to evoke a deep emotional response from townspeople, say two Charles Darwin University researchers in the Red Centre. Senior research fellow and former creative arts therapist Dr Judy Lovell said a public arts engagement project that centred on a statue of the explorer had tapped into a vein of powerful emotion and resulted in the production of a collection of thought-provoking artworks.

“Participants have expressed hurt, anger and sadness among a broad range of visual responses that also was marked by humour, quirkiness and an appreciation of arid landscape,” Dr Lovell said. Read more....

Prof Lisa's Farewell

NI Farewells Deputy Director

11 December 2017

On December 6, staff came together to farewell Northern Institute’s Deputy Director Professor Lisa McManus. Lisa has been with NI since August 2016 and proved a truly valuable member of the team when she stepped up as Acting Director while Professor Ruth Wallace spent 6 months in the USA for her Fulbright scholarship. Lisa was also the Dean of Research and Research Training for the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts at CDU and prior to that headed the School of Business at the Waterfront.

CDU’s loss is University of Tasmania’s gain as Lisa will be heading the ‘Tasmanian School of Business and Economics’ in the new year. Lisa’s happy and lively personality will be greatly missed. NI staff wished her all the very best on her Tasmanian adventure with Ruth presenting her with an original Alice Springs hand-made beanie to keep her warm in the cold Tassie weather. View more pics

LEBA end of year 2017

LEBA Faculty farewelled

04 December 2017

NI staff joined Faculty of Law, Education, Business & Arts (LEBA) staff at an 'End of Year Celebration' last Friday December 1, 2017. Recently retired PVC of LEBA. Professor Peter Kell (pictured), returned from interstate to attend the event and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the LEBA Faculty team. Professor Kell's wife, Dr Marilyn Kell, who also said a few words, has been a Research Fellow at Northern Institute for many years and will be sorely missed. LEBA is one of two CDU Faculties which will be replaced with Colleges in 2018 so the end of year function doubled as an end of Faculty function.

Dr Tom Wilson

New journal examines population trends

04 December 2017

A free online academic journal that discusses research into Australia’s population has been launched at Charles Darwin University. Northern Institute demographer and journal editor Dr Tom Wilson said the CDU-based Australian Population Studies was the only journal dedicated specifically to population research in Australia.

“It is also the first online open-access journal hosted by the CDU Library,” Dr Wilson said. “And it is a bit different from most journals.” Dr Wilson said the journal invited three types of contribution, including regular research papers, introductory guides that explained demographic methods and theories, and the use of visualisation to present data in interesting and innovative ways. “We expect it will be of interest to students, researchers, practitioners, teachers and others wishing to learn about demography,” he said. Read more....

Dr Deepika

Northern Institute researchers win $250,000 for ‘smart city’ idea’

04 December 2017

A research team in Alice Springs has won a $250,000 grant to develop a “smart system” for reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Research Associate Dr Deepika Mathur from CDU’s Northern Institute said the project to develop “smart” rubbish skips had the potential to improve productivity and sustainability in Alice Springs.

“The idea is to fit electronic sensors to a set of commercial waste bins, which would transmit data about the volume and weight of the contents to waste management authorities and the skip operator,” Dr Mathur said. “With better data, they’ll be equipped to make better decisions on issues such as short-term scheduling, as well as inform them of long-term trends.” Dr Mathur said the aim of the project was to improve efficiencies within the construction industry. Read more.....

ntg granta

CDU helps build NT’s renewable energy future

04 December 2017

The Northern Territory Government is harnessing CDU’s expertise in renewable energy in three research and development projects valued at $1.1 million. Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss announced at the weekend funding for projects that would help the NT use renewable energy to deliver secure, reliable and affordable power.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram welcomed the university’s role in solving problems related to energy in the Territory. “These projects are prime examples of how knowledge that is developed by the Northern Territory’s university can be accessed for the benefit of the whole community,” Professor Cram said. Read full story here

Indigenous researcher Gotha

Indigenous researcher is NT’s senior of the year

20 November 2017

A senior elder who has worked as an educator and researcher in her community for more than five decades is this year’s Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year.

Kathy Guthadjaka, also known as Gotha, is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small family community on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. Warramiri, the language spoken in Gawa, is endangered. Working as an educator since the mid-1960s, Ms Guthadjaka’s research spans Warramiri language, knowledge, culture and country, and more widely, Aboriginal education, both-ways education, spirituality, identity and religion. A part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute at CDU, Ms Guthadjaka is dedicated not only to preserving traditional knowledge, but also to sharing this knowledge with the greater global community. Read full story here

Dr Andrew Taylor Roadshow

Roadshow to reveal NT’s population future

24 November 2017

Population experts will tour the Northern Territory to update communities on what the future may hold based on the 2016 Census data. Led by demographic researchers from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, with members of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the team will travel to Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine to deliver region-specific seminars as part of the Territory Population Roadshow. Senior demographer Dr Andrew Taylor said that every five years the Census provided a base to paint a picture of what the NT population looked like and was vital information for planning the NT’s future.

“Population growth is crucial to the Territory and much has changed,” Dr Taylor said. Read more...


Roadshow to reveal NT’s population future

20 November 2017

Population experts will tour the Northern Territory to update communities on what the future may hold based on the 2016 Census data. Led by demographic researchers from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, with members of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the team will travel to Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine to deliver region-specific seminars as part of the Territory Population Roadshow.

Senior demographer Dr Andrew Taylor said that every five years the Census provided a base to paint a picture of what the NT population looked like and was vital information for planning the NT’s future. “Population growth is crucial to the Territory and much has changed,” Dr Taylor said. Read more....

Yolngu Studies Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy

Indigenous language school set for Sydney

17 November 2017

Plans are well advanced for the first Indigenous Languages Summer School, which will be run from Charles Darwin University’s Sydney Centre early in the New Year. Yolngu Studies Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy said CDU was working with the Australian National University to offer three fully accredited units from 8 January.

“It will be the perfect opportunity to begin learning an Indigenous language or to develop an understanding of the linguistics that underpins Indigenous language work,” Ms Muthamuluwuy said. “Options will include an introduction to Yolngu Languages and Culture, a beginner’s course for Gamilaraay Language and an introductory linguistics unit, each of which will be offered as two-week intensives.”

Ms Muthamuluwuy and fellow CDU language lecturer Yasunori Hayashi will co-present the Yolngu unit, which will give students a basic grounding in Dhuwala (one of a number of Yolngu languages), including the sounds, grammar and a basic vocabulary, as well as an introduction to various aspects of kinship, songs, art and ceremonies. Read more...

NT Senior Australian of the Year Gotha & Ruth

Indigenous researcher is NT’s senior of the year

16 November 2017

A senior elder who has worked as an educator and researcher in her community for more than five decades is this year’s Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year. Kathy Guthadjaka, also known as Gotha, is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small family community on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. Warramiri, the language spoken in Gawa, is endangered. Working as an educator since the mid-1960s, Ms Guthadjaka’s research spans Warramiri language, knowledge, culture and country, and more widely, Aboriginal education, both-ways education, spirituality, identity and religion.

A part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute at CDU, Ms Guthadjaka is dedicated not only to preserving traditional knowledge, but also to sharing this knowledge with the greater global community. Read more...

Australian of the Year 2018

NI researcher wins !

16 November 2017

At the 2018 NT Australian of the Year awards, held at Darwin Waterfront Convention Centre 15 November, East Arnhem Land educator, pioneering academic & Northern Institute senior researcher Gotha (Kathy Guthadjaka) was named NT Senior Australian of the Year. Gotha, a Gawa elder, was recognised for her work creating a bilingual educational model that delivered high attendance and graduation rates on Elcho Island. Gotha has represented Australia at the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva and works as a Yolngu researcher with Northern Institute examining language, traditional knowledge, culture and country.

Gotha received the award from NT Administrator Her Honour Vicki O'Halloran and was congratulated by Chief Minister Michael Gunner. Upon accepting the award she was asked by MC Richard Margetson “What’s your advice to others wanting to make a difference?” she gave her response in her traditional language Warramiri “When you work, keep a clear vision and pathway and your work will make a difference”.

Gotha’s daughter Bettina Danganbarr also won a 2018 NT Australian of the Year award in the NT Local Hero category for her work on Elcho Island as an indigenous youth leader. Bettina has offered her home as a safe haven to dozens of domestic violence victims in her role as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer in the East Arnhem community of Galiwin'ku. Bettina also established the Galiwin'ku Women's Space, a community-led initiative addressing family violence, and trains other Police Officers to understand Yolgnu culture.

Gotha and Bettina will head to the national awards in Canberra on January 25 where the 2018 Australian of the Year will be announced.

Rebecca (Beck) Hardwick

Realist Approaches to Ethnography Workshop

03 November 2017

Rebecca (Beck) Hardwick, a PhD student at the University of Exeter Medical School, visited CDU as part of a week of work building collaborations between CDU and overseas universities. Rebecca ran a workshop at the Northern Institute on the use of ethnographic methods in realist research and evaluation. The workshop explored the benefits of an overarching realist methodology (that is, one concerned with explanation and theory development), and how ethnographic data collection methods and data (observation/field notes respectively) lend themselves to thinking about causation and explanation.

After introductions to both realism and ethnography, participants spent some time 'out in the field' at CDU to do some observation and data collection. This led to a discussion about 'how do social spaces on campus work, for whom, in what circumstances, and why. Participants reported enjoying the time to reflect on and discuss methods and methodologies in research. 

For further info:  @rjlhardwick

Strengthening collaboration with Saskatchewan University

Strengthening collaboration with Saskatchewan University

03 November 2017

Following the successful international realist conference in Brisbane in October, a team of Canadian realist researchers came to Darwin to work on strengthening existing collaboration between CDU and Saskatchewan University.

“Saskatchewan and the Northern Territory share some common challenges, including large geographic spaces, remote isolated populations, and the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous populations,” said Dr Gary Groot, leader of the Saskatchewan delegation.

During their visit, the team presented realist research on shared decision making (SDM) between health service providers and Indigenous cancer patients and their families in a workshop for CDU and Menzies staff. Plans for the future include collaborative research projects, teaching exchanges in realist methodology for post-graduate students, adjunct relationships for staff and HDR student partnerships.

“We learn about ourselves by seeing ourselves through other's eyes and by seeing how places that face similar challenges have developed and think about policy development, implementation and evaluation,” said Dr Groot.

REC-IER report

New Report released

2 November 2017

The Indigenous Contemporary Knowledge & Governance research group at Northern Institute have released a report on their research developing Indigenous-led engagement practices in several remote NT communities. The Remote Engagement Coordination – Indigenous Evaluation Research (REC-IER) project was funded through the NTG Department of Housing and Community Development. The aim of the research was to develop community specific strategies for evaluating the engagement and coordination performance of government in the four project locations – Galiwin’ku, Ngukurr, Ntaria and Ali Curung. The team worked on the project in conjunction with local Indigenous researchers from each of the project locations, and a Steering Group from government. Their methods involved working under the guidance of Elders in each of the project sites, and working collaboratively with small teams of local Indigenous researchers.

Local project teams initially developed means for consulting with other community members, listening to their stories and learning about what was important in their engagement with government. Beyond this, they have also developed site specific means for giving feedback to government on their engagement, including through ongoing community consultation, engagement scorecards, and use of video footage. 

Read the report
Visit the REC-IER website

Cathy Bow

Linguists digitise 1970s children's storybooks to help preserve Indigenous languages

30 October 2017

ABC Radio Darwin story by Jesse Thompson

Few people involved in the Indigenous language storybook programs of the 1970s could have realised how precious the books would be decades later.
During this time, bilingual education programs were rolled out in remote schools throughout the Northern Territory, allowing schoolchildren to read and write in their native languages before transitioning to reading and writing in English. Thousands of unique, entry-level children's books, often based on local stories and illustrated by local artists, were created in Indigenous languages. Read more

CDU student Anita Maertens

New study to explore why NT hooks German migrants

27 October 2017

A German-born Charles Darwin University postgraduate student is embarking on a study to discover why her countrymen and women come to the Northern Territory – and what makes them stay. Anita Maertens, who is enrolled in a Master of Public Policy, said she found adventure and work experience when she arrived in Darwin a decade ago.

“I wanted to come to an exciting place for experience in the information services sector, such as libraries and archives, before going to study in London,” she said. read more....

Dr Andrew Taylor

NI announces 2017 NT Demography Roadshow

24 October 2017

Population change & growth is crucial to the Territory and much has changed. Armed with new 2016 Census data, demographic researchers from CDU’s Northern Institute and their international colleagues have organised a dedicated Territory Population Roadshow. Dr Andrew Taylor from NI’s Demography & Growth planning research team announced this week that the roadshow will travel across the Northern Territory to update Territorians on trends, implications and future directions for the NT, it’s towns and beyond.
The roadshow is FREE and coming to a Territory town near you – find out more, read the program and register at the NT Demography Roadshow website HERE

Dr Yulia

University of Sarjanawiyata Tamansi visits CDU

18 October 2017

peration and Public Relation Affairs, English Language Department, University of Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa (UST) visited Northern Institute in October to meet with Senior Executives to explore partnership opportunities between Charles Darwin University and the UST in the areas of research and study. Dr Yulia also presented for the Northern Institute People.Policy.Place Seminar series during her stay. Her presentation entitled ‘An Evaluation of English Language Teaching Programs In Indonesian Junior High Schools In The Yogyakarta Province’ was recorded and can be viewed on Northern Institute’s Vimeo Channel HERE

Fiona Shalley

Northern Institute welcomes Fiona Shalley to the team

09 October 2017

With a previous career spanning more than 20 years with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Fiona Shalley is an experienced data practitioner. Fiona has particular interest in data about and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, being the immediate past Director of the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.

Fiona has also worked previously with the CDU Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership, on Indigenous student access to higher education, and has co-authored a report providing a statistical overview of Aboriginal adult English literacy and numeracy skills in the Northern Territory. Fiona joins NI’s Demography & Growth planning team and is currently working with Dr Tom Wilson on evaluating people’s understanding and use of population forecasts and investigating the best ways to communicate uncertainty in sub national population forecasting. Read more about Fiona’s work HERE

Prof Ruth & John Lesli

Professor John Leslie visit to Northern Institute

29 September 2017

Professor John Leslie is a Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University (K-State) and a Fulbright Alumni. He recently visited CDU to explore partnership opportunities between Charles Darwin University and K-State in the areas of research and study. K-State is recognised annually by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and currently offers two Australian Fulbright scholarships:

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Fulbright Senior Scholarship

During his visit Professor Leslie presented a Northern Institute People.Policy.Place Seminar about the Fulbright Scholarship process and writing a successful application with Professor Ruth Wallace. For more information about the seminar go to FB event page. To apply for a Fulbright Scholarships visit

Ilonka GuseStudy seeks views on retirement policy

28 September 2017

A Charles Darwin University researcher will explore how local economies and ethnic backgrounds influence the views of older Australians on proposed policies to keep them in the workforce longer. PhD candidate Ilonka Guse will interview workers aged between 55 and 65 in Darwin and Melbourne, from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, for a critical review of potential responses to retirement policy.
“Previous studies identify financial wellbeing, health, and age discrimination in the workplace and a lack of suitable jobs as factors that influence people’s retirement intentions,” Ms Guse said. Read more...

Prof. Rolf

Overhaul needed to fix NT’s urban bias, academic says

26 September 2017

A Charles Darwin University academic will propose that Darwin should be partitioned off from the rest of the Northern Territory as part of a solution to achieve better fiscal equity in the NT. Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen, an Alice Springs based regional economist with CDU’s Northern Institute, will tell delegates at the NTCOSS Conference in Darwin this week that the Territory’s political and institutional structures need to be overhauled in order to remedy the urban bias, which he says has characterised fiscal policy in the NT since self-government.
“If we are serious about a fairer and more inclusive Northern Territory then it is time that our governance structures are reformed to allow for a better distribution of the budget to remote and regional communities,” Professor Gerritsen said. Read full story HERE

Prof. Rolf

Overhaul needed to fix NT’s urban bias

25 September 2017

A Charles Darwin University academic will propose that Darwin should be partitioned off from the rest of the Northern Territory as part of a solution to achieve better fiscal equity in the NT. Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen, an Alice Springs based regional economist with CDU’s Northern Institute, will tell delegates at the NTCOSS Conference in Darwin tomorrow [26 Sep] that the Territory’s political and institutional structures need to be overhauled in order to remedy the urban bias, which he says has characterised fiscal policy in the NT since self-government.

“If we are serious about a fairer and more inclusive Northern Territory then it is time that our governance structures are reformed to allow for a better distribution of the budget to remote and regional communities,” Professor Gerritsen said. Read more...

Whole of Community Engagement initiative

Call for policy on Indigenous English language literacy

25 September 2017

A stark new report that reveals many Indigenous adults in the Northern Territory lack the English language skills to function independently in the workplace has been presented to policy-makers in Canberra. CDU researchers sourced data from multiple agencies for a statistical overview, after Indigenous leaders in six remote communities raised concerns about a lack of responsibility for policy direction in the adult English language and literacy space. Project leader Allison Stewart said there was no comprehensive evidence base, on which to build holistic policy responses despite more than half of Indigenous people in the NT speaking English as an additional language. “This report describes the situation in the NT as best we can,” she said. “Indigenous people make up 30 per cent of the NT population and are highly significant to economic development and cultural richness.”

Statistics expert and report co-author Fiona Shalley said more than 85 per cent of a sample group of 660 Indigenous adults did not have the literacy skills to operate independently in tertiary education or the workplace. “This could translate into a large number across the board,” she said. The project was driven by the findings of a Federal Government-funded Whole of Community Engagement initiative, led by CDU, at Galiwin’ku, Yirrkala, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Tennant Creek and Yuendumu. Read more...

Heat Stress research

Heat Stress research showcased to Darwin audience

22 September 2017

Over 45 people came together last Friday at CDU Waterfront campus to hear about the current research on Heat Stress, Heat Mitigation and Climate Impacts in Darwin. The event was an initiative of the Darwin City Deal partnership between the Northern Territory Government, City of Darwin & Charles Darwin University and showcased a panel of research representatives from CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory Government and Northern Institute. 

Northern Institute Research Fellow, Dr Elspeth Oppermann, presented on her work with the Heat Stress Research Partnership (HSRP).  HSRP was formed in response to a shared concern about the challenge Heat Stress posed to the safety, health and wellbeing of the workforce in the region, particularly during the ‘Build-up’ and Wet season. View the Heat Stress event pics HERE.

Due to the popularity of the event another presentation is being planned in Darwin before the end of the year.  Keep an eye on Northern Institute social media for details.

Amy award story

NI student wins 'International Student of the Year'

22 September 2017

We are delighted to announce Amy Zhang, one of our Master of Public Policy students, took out 'International Student of the Year' at the Chief Minister's Export & Industry Awards held in Darwin September 21  

Congratulations Amy!

Ruth & Dany

Radio National Interview with Adjunct Professor Dany Adone

19 September 2017

NI Adjunct Professor Dany Adone recently visited and presented on her Indigenous Sign Languages research. While in Darwin, Dany also spoke with Radio National's Paul Barclay about her work and the complexity of Indigenous Sign Languages of Northern Australia. Listen to the interview HERE.

Since 2013 Professor Adone has been a University Professorial Fellow affiliated with the Northern Institute (CDU). Professor Adone is currently the Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Head of the Department of English at the University of Cologne, Germany. She also holds the Chair of Applied English Linguistics and is the Director of the Australian Studies Program (Linguistics) in the English Department. She is also a Honorary Professor at the University of Seychelles. Professor Adone visits Northern Institute annually to present on her current research.

Dr Heather GibbOlder Territorians face lack of support

11 September 2017

People ageing in remote communities of the Northern Territory are facing issues such as lack of access to suitable home support and home-care services despite recommendations of an inquiry to improve such services, new research has discovered.
Charles Darwin University Northern Institute research fellow Dr Heather Gibb surveyed residents of three ex-mining towns between Katherine and Darwin to inform her research titled “Five years on from the Inquiry: Caring for older Australians, what is the viability of ageing in remote places, in Australia?”.
“It is widely acknowledged that people in rural and in particular, remote places, are not well supported with services to age-in-place,” Dr Gibb said. Read more...

Fiona ShalleyIndigenous higher ed trends under microscope

07 September 2017

Researchers have received a $40,000 grant to investigate factors that influence Indigenous university student completion rates, and determine if institutions should adjust generic policies to provide more individual support.
CDU senior research fellow Fiona Shalley will lead the study of Indigenous student cohorts from Charles Darwin University and Central Queensland University, collecting data dating back to 2005 to identify potential trends.
“We will particularly focus on where regional students come from – our results will be used to investigate whether assumptions made by Indigenous higher education policy should be applied broadly, or should be more nuanced to suit specific circumstances,” Ms Shalley said.
Ms Shalley will join the Northern Institute, to research remote area population forecasts, this month. Read full story HERE

Prof Rolf

Scholars to probe flaws and failings of Western thought

04 September 2017

Charles Darwin University will explore the limitations of Western thought with the help of two eminent European intellectuals at a public event at Alice Springs campus next week.
Northern Institute Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen said the panel discussion would be the first of three events in Australia this month, presented by the prestigious Goethe-Institut.
“We are delighted to be assisting the Goethe-Institut with their project ‘Responsibility and Humanity – Nature, Culture and Terror’, which is investigating several philosophical questions that have the capacity to challenge and move society,” Professor Gerritsen said. Read more...

Prof DanyLinguist to explore Indigenous sign language

31 August 2017

A linguist with more than 20 years expertise in alternate sign languages will talk on the importance of the communication system in Indigenous communities, aiming to raise awareness and dispel many of the misconceptions around it.
Charles Darwin University Professorial Fellow Dany Adone will present seminars on alternate sign languages and Bimodal Bilingualism (speech-sign) at the Northern Institute on Friday, 1 September.
“Alternate sign languages are different from primary sign languages in that they are used by hearing people as an alternate mode of communication,” Professor Adone said. read more...

NIM award 2017And the NIMA goes to…

18 August 2017

Congratulations to Linda Barwick, Allan Marett and Lysbeth Ford for winning the 2017 National Indigenous Music Award – Traditional category for the ‘Wangga: Complete CD Set’. Dr Linda Ford and daughter Emily happily accepted the award on the trio’s behalf. The CD set  includes recordings of Linda’s Wangga family who are from the Daly/Waigat region of the NT. A small component of the Wangga recordings were for Linda’s Australian Research Council Grant ‘New ways for old ceremonies: an archival research project’ – read about the project
To purchase the ‘Wangga: Complete CD Set’ please visit HERE

Prof. Rolf G

Is stopping the FIFO workforce viable for the Territory?

16 August 2017

Professor Rolf Gerritsen talks to Kate O'Toole on ABC Darwin Radio ‘Drive’ about the Chief Minister's call for the mining industry to stop 'Fly in Fly out' workforce. To listen CLICK HERE and forward to 1:21:40 to listen.

Ruth, Fullbright scholarFulbright scholar brings home ideas to secure futures

14 August 2017

A returning Fulbright scholar has likened the Northern Territory to communities in the state of Kansas in the United States, saying that with shared challenges also lay shared solutions.
Northern Institute Director Professor Ruth Wallace was the first woman to be awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarship and recently concluded a six-month residency at Kansas State University. Read more...

CDU Garma 2017

CDU turns out in force at Garma Festival

14 August 2017

A strong contingent of staff and students attended the 2017 Garma Festival in Gulkula, Arnhem Land, to showcase the university’s commitment to Indigenous education, research and engagement. The team from the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Northern Institute, School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy, and VET held a swag rolling competition, offered Yolngu language sessions and spoke about Indigenous research partnerships such as the Gurruwilyun Yolngu Seasonal Calendar. Read more.....

Garma 2017

GARMA 2017

4-7 August 2017

Northern Institute were part of a CDU delegation, headed by Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, who attended Garma 2017 on Arnhem Land in early August. The newly appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Leadership, Adrian Miller, two new Northern Institute academics Professor Barry Judd and Professor Steven Bird and our Director Professor Ruth Wallace were part of the delegation at the festival. This year CDU had a double marquee and featured a mobile teaching unit camper trailer set up by VET Lecturer/Workplace Assessor in Tourism & Guiding, Chris Hogarth. Chris also ran a swag rolling competition which was very popular amongst the kids – the prize being a swag. The stall was always busy with Nori (Yasunori) Hayashi & Brenda Muthamuluwuy from the School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy presenting daily Yolngu language classes. Northern Institute promoted their research with Indigenous communities and sold Senior Indigenous Researcher Gotha’s (Kathy Guthadjaka) Gawa Seasonal Poster as well as her Flowers & Fruits poster. Throughout the long, hot, dusty days our very talented CDU Indigenous student ambassador Mark Munnich and Indigenous Student Services officer Jessica Procak plus Melissa Royle from the Office of Indigenous Leadership provided lots of advice to prospective students. It was a privilege for NI staff to be part of the CDU team once again and an amazing opportunity to be on such magical country. Garma 2017 is hosted, coordinated and programmed in entirety by the Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF), a not-for-profit Aboriginal corporation.

View more pics of Garma

Dr April Petillo

US academic to share nation building successes

31 July 2017

A visiting American academic will bring stories of Indigenous hope and capacity building to a seminar at Alice Springs campus this week [Aug 3]. Kansas State University Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies Dr April Petillo will discuss Native Nation Building theory and the efforts of several US native nations who have increased their capacity for self-governance, self-determination, sustainable community and economic development. “The presentation will consider how this theory has been applied in social service settings and public policy arenas,” Dr Petillo said.
“The idea of rebuilding native and indigenous capacities through culturally appropriate and effective governance institutions resonates well when addressing social issues. This is relevant for indigenous communities beyond the US, as well.” Read more...

Dr Kerstin Zander

First NT researcher receives prestigious fellowship

31 July 2017

A Charles Darwin University academic is the first Northern Territory-based researcher to be awarded a prestigious Humboldt Fellowship to further her research into climate change impacts and adaptation. Northern Institute senior research fellow Dr Kerstin Zander was one of about 500 scientists and scholars world-wide to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship this year to conduct research in Germany in 2018/2019. The fellowship will enable her to carry out research for 12 months in Germany and collaborate with researchers in Bonn and Berlin.

“My main host for the Fellowship will be Professor Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute in Bonn, where I will continue my research into the economic and social impacts of climate and people’s adaptation strategies,” Dr Zander said. Read more....

Census Data Seminar

Darwin 2016 Census Data Seminar Hosted By Northern Institute

26 July 2017

Northern Institute hosted the 2016 Census Data Seminar in Darwin  at CDU Casuarina campus Wednesday 26 July 2-5pm. The seminar was one of many held across Australia revealing what the 2016 Census of Population and Housing tells us about ourselves, our communities and Australia.
The Darwin 2016 Census Data Seminar included a 45-minute overview of the 2016 census results, key findings specific to the Northern Territory and information about understanding the census data. In addition Australian Bureau of Statistics data specialists were available to provide support and guidance after the event. Nearly 100 people attended the event which was webcast live and recorded – you can view the Darwin presentation at this LINK

Welcome back Ruth

Welcome back, Ruth!

25 July 2017

It was wonderful to have lots of colleagues and friends join us for a morning tea today to welcome back NI Director, Professor Ruth Wallace to CDU. Ruth presented Professor Lisa McManus with a beautiful artisan made Raku pot to thank her for Acting as Director while she spent 6 months at Kansas State University studying for her Fulbright Scholarship. Ruth will be giving a presentation about her trip to the Unites States 2.30pm August 17 – keep an eye on social media for more details & to RSVP. View more pics of the event here

Bridging the gap in water knowledge

Bridging the gap in water knowledge

17 July 2017

Researchers are helping to bridge cultural and language knowledge gaps in a project to improve community participation in water management in remote communities.
Northern Institute education Professor Michael Christie and School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy Yolngu studies coordinator Yasunori Hayashi are leading the community engagement and Indigenous knowledge section of the ARC Linkage funded project.
The collaborative project, titled “Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands”, aims to develop methods for community-led adaptive water management on the resource-constrained island of Yurrwi (Milingimbi). Read more....

Why are Territorians losing their religion?

Why are Territorians losing their religion?

13 July 2017

Northern Institute Demographer, Dr Andrew Taylor, talks to ABC Darwin Radio’s Lyrella Cochrane about why Territorians are losing their religion. Click on link to listen to the interview

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

A meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

7 July 2017

Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, visited the Centre for Rural Medicine (CRM) in Storuman, Sweden, last week and NI researcher Professor Dean Carson and his wife Doris took advantage of this unique opportunity to talk about the research partnership between CRM and Charles Darwin University, including prospects for expanding the partnership in the future. Prime Minister Löfven was interested to hear about the value of student and researcher exchanges and gains made over the past three years of the program.  The Prime Minister visited CRM as part of a summer tour of the provinces of Sweden – read more about his tour 

NI celebrates ‘Why Our Languages Matter’ in NAIDOC Week 2017

6 July 2017

NAIDOC event

Over 65 people attend our NAIDOC ‘Why Our Languages Matter’ event at Northern Institute on Wednesday 5 July. Special guest Indigenous educator Dr Waymamba Gaykamangu had a captive audience when presenting about ‘Why Matha (Yolngu Languages) Matter,” where she explained some of the complexities of Yolngu language and culture. It was wonderful to see everyone take advantage of the afternoon break to have a cuppa & chat on the breezeway, and most importantly, make connections. There was a display by Cathy Bow, from the ‘Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages’ and Steven Bird of ‘Treasure Languages’ who talked to guests about their projects promoting Indigenous languages. After the break we heard from other speakers including Linda Ford, Kathy Guthadjaka, Yirrininba Dhurrkay, Richard Fejo, and others who shared about why their Indigenous languages matter. Even among those who no longer know their traditional language for various reasons, all agreed that language was integral for identity and for understanding cultures. Several speakers made the point that the younger generation needs to learn their own languages to keep them alive and thriving.
The event was recorded and will be uploaded to our Vimeo channel shortly. To view pictures of the event visit our Facebook page at

Tbusiness awards


5 July 2017

Northern Territory Veterinary Services (NTVS) won the Small Business Award at the Telstra Business Awards held on July 4. NTVS are one of NI's Industry partners. Dr Sam McMahon started NTVS 23 years ago in Katherine. She and business partner Dr Alex Burleigh now operate 2 veterinary clinics - 1 in Katherine and 1 in Alice Springs as well as providing services to remote Indigenous Communities. Sam and Alex have produced a number of research papers published in the Australian Veterinary Journal and are working with the Northern Institute to expand research into the human/animal pathogen interface.
See more pics here

Australian populationIntroducing a new publication from Northern Institute 'Australian Population Studies'

30 June 2017

NI's Tom Wilson recently announced that Australian Population Studies will commence publication in November. Australian Population Studies is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal containing short, high-quality papers on Australian population issues. It is published by the Northern Institute, with CDU Library providing web hosting. The scope of the journal spans the full range of topics in demography and population studies, but contributions should focus on Australia and be written for a wide-ranging readership. In additional to regular research papers, the journal will also feature DemoGraphics, data visualisations, and Introductory Guides, introductions to methods, theories, or data for postgraduate students. There are no publication fees. read more....

Prof. Steven Bird

Language technology expert joins CDU

30 June 2017

A researcher living at a remote Northern Territory outstation to deepen his cultural understanding and develop new technology to preserve Indigenous languages has joined Charles Darwin University.
Professor Steven Bird is a social and technological researcher with an interest in the evolution of the world's languages and has joined the Northern Institute. Professor Bird is currently based at Kabulwarnamyo Outstation, in West Arnhem Land, to learn Kunwinjku language and begin conducting studies into its vitality. read full story here

Dr Tom Wilson

Territory Population Report

28 June 2017

How has the Territory’s population changed over the last few years & what factors are driving population change?  Northern Institute Demographer, Dr Tom Wilson, shares his findings taken from the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics population figures. View a Territory Population Update report here:

5 key points about NT’s population

5 key points about NT’s population

27 June2017

With the release of new 2016 Census data, and accompanying population estimates, here are five key points you need to know about the Northern Territory from NI Demographer Dr Andrew Taylor. Read the article HERE

Prof. Ruth in Kansas

Fulbright scholar notes similarities in regional development between Kansas, Australia

24 June 2017

Australian Fulbright Scholar Ruth Wallace says there are a lot of similarities in regional development between Kansas communities and her home country. MANHATTAN, Kan. —Though they are half a world apart, Ruth Wallace thinks her home in Australia isn’t too much different from many communities in the state of Kansas.
“I have found a lot of similarities here on issues about what the future looks like and who will be doing the work when you’ve got change,” said Wallace, the director of the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, who will complete a six-month Fulbright Scholarship in July at Kansas State University.
Wallace’s stay in Manhattan has included a lot of travel around the state to study changing demographics, economic development, workforce development, social policy and how governments make decisions, and other issues. read full story...

Dean and Doris Carson 2017

Umea University highlights NI Demographer Dean Carson

9 June 2017

'Think.' is a magazine & website by Umea University. Their latest publication includes an article about Professor Dean Carson, from NI"s Demography & Growth planning team, and his wife Doris who not only research sparsely populated areas...they live in them!  Read the full article

Realist Evaluation Training group picRealist Evaluation Training

8 June 2017

The Northern Institute's Realist Research, Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI) led by A/Prof Emma Williams and Dr Gill Westhorp has been conducting training this week on realist research and evaluation methods with researchers who have expertise in research with remote Indigenous communities. Participants came from IPSOS, Prime Minister and Cabinet, CDU and the community sector.  Read more about our Evaluation work

Book LaunchCongratulations Don!

7 June 2017

Dr Don Zoellner’s book ‘Vocational Education and Training: The Northern Territory’s history of public philanthropy’ was launched by Pro Vice Chancellor LEBA Professor Peter Kell on June 7 in the lovely surrounds of the Northern Territory Library at Parliament House.  35 people spanning education, industry and government attended the event which was followed by a really informative Q&A session.  You can download the book for FREE at ANU Press. View  the book launch pics

GlasshouseGlasshouse Workshop in Darwin

25 May 2017

Recently, Northern Institute facilitated the first of two Glasshouse workshops in Darwin at the CDU Waterfront campus.  These workshops, sponsored by the NTG Department of Trade Business and Innovation are run to enable Northern Territory women entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers to test and build the business case for their ideas, products and services, and research to create value for the marketplace and science. Professor Isabelle Skinner (Member of NI) and Professor Cathy Robinson (Director, Northern Australian Research Alliance at NI)  ran the first workshop which brought together 23 researchers/scientists and local business women.  The next workshop will be held in Alice Springs Wednesday 14 June.  To find out more and to register visit the Glasshouse Workshop webpage

LoRa NetworkLoRa Workshop

22 May 2017

This LoRa Workshop brought together stakeholders from municipal associations, government agencies and CDU University to explore the opportunities and challenges with engaging with the provision, regulation and use of wireless infrastructure. Northern Institute’s goal is to construct a web-based application to map migration flows in order to improve government services in contexts of high mobility, including in remote Australia and for Indigenous Australians. We are currently working on a project with paring the Wi-Fi with a LoRa (Long-Range WAN) network to enable data collection for a range of usages.
For more information about this project please contact Stephen Neale, Senior Research Fellow - Development and Innovation on email or 8946 7468, See our FaceBook album for more pics.

Ground Endi. Workshop

Ground Up Indigenous Evaluators Workshop

27 April 2017

The Ground Up Indigenous Evaluators Workshop was held from19-20th April, 2017 at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. Senior Indigenous researchers and junior mentorees came to NI and Several generations of researchers worked together to design mentoring and evaluation services products. See more photos...

Dr Supriya

Red hot Alice puts mums and bubs at risk

24 April 2017

The projected rise in Central Australia’s future temperature may pose an increased health risk to women in the late stages of pregnancy, a Charles Darwin University researcher has warned. In a paper published in the current edition of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, lead author Dr Supriya Mathew said researchers had identified a statistically important link between premature births and extreme heat.
“We focused the study on Alice Springs, which has a high preterm delivery rate relative to the rest of Australia,” Dr Mathew said.
“Of the (almost) 17,000 single natural births at Alice Springs Hospital between 1986 and 2013, about 9 per cent (1401) were premature. Read more...


Vilhelmina (Sweden) Rotary Club Welcome NI Researchers

3 April 2017

On March 7 the Rotary Club of Vilhelmina, Sweden invited Northern  Institute researchers to present on their demography research. NI HDR student Ana Vuin talked about her thesis on migration and population decline in the remotest parts of Australia, Croatia and Sweden. The study raises the question why people move and what it is that remains. Ana has worked in Vilhelmina and interviewed people across Sweden in Latikberg, Järvsjöby and Dalasjö.Besides Ana, Northern Institutes Professor Dean Carson and also Ramona Mahringer presented. The titles of the evening lectures were:

  • The future of small villages - Dean Carson
  • What makes a good village? - Ramona Mahringer
  • Migration against the tide - Ana Vuin

The Vilhelmina Rotary club have since commented they found the presentations very interesting and were appreciated by both club members and invited guests. You can read about Ana’s research here

National RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards

National RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards

31 March 2017

NI were delighted to attend the National RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards at Parliament House this week where Kate Peake won the NT Award. Pictured are members of NT Women in Seafood and Women in Primary Industries.
From left to right, Cheryl Owens, Last year’s NT winner Martina Matzer, Marianne St Clair (Northern Institute & NT Director Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC)), Rachel from Rachel’s Seafood Shack, Carmel Ball – Darwin Fishmarkets, and Debbie van der Rijt – RIRDC National award coordinator.

Ceremony ushers in ‘football’ academic

Ceremony ushers in ‘football’ academic

27 March 2017

New Central Australian scholar Professor Barry Judd has become the first person to be individually welcomed with a smoking ceremony at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs.
Professor Judd, the recently appointed Northern Institute Professor of Indigenous Social Research, said the event was the “appropriate way to begin” his work as a resident in Arrernte country. “It is important philosophically that we continue to hold traditions like this one,” Professor Judd said. “My research and interest is in Indigenous knowledge systems, and to acknowledge and to participate in them is a critical part of the process.” Read more...

Territory Population Update

Territory Population Update

23 March 2017

New report just released by our Demography & Growth Planning Team.
Population figures just published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the total Estimated Resident Population of the Northern Territory reached 245,657 at the end of September 2016, an increase of 812 over one year earlier. This represents a growth rate of 0.3%. The population of 245,657 gives the Territory a 1.0% share of the national population of 24,220,192. Read the report at our DemographyNORTH Blog

Prof Barry Judd 'Welcome to Country' Smoking Ceremony


Prof Barry Judd 'Welcome to Country' Smoking Ceremony

22 March 2017

NI's Professor Judd was welcomed to country by Arrernte ladies from Akeyulerre including Margaret Scobie, Patricia Webb and Irene Davis at the 'Yarning Circle' on Alice Springs CDU campus 22 March 2017.
The event was proudly MC'ed by Acting Director Prof LIsa McManus and attended by by a crowd of students and staff. See more photos

Steven Bird PPP

Language Engineering in the Field’ Seminar

17 March 2017

Over 25 people attended a recent seminar, held at NI, by Indigenous Endangered Language expert and NI Adjunct Professor Steven Bird.  The seminar entitled ‘Language Engineering in the Field’ covered the innovations in the revitalisation of endangered languages, and new ways to learn unwritten languages with the aid of social mobile technologies. Professor Bird also presented on his research work designing technologies to help keep Australian Indigenous languages strong, focussing on the Bininj Kunwok community of West Arnhem. To read more about Professor Birds work please visit here & This event was recorded and uploaded to our VIMEO Channel.

iwd 2017Northern Institute celebrates International Women’s Day

9 March 2017

Over 70 guests gathered on CDU campus March 8 for Northern Institute’s annual International Women’s Day event. The morning tea was opened by NI Acting Director Professor Lisa McManus and included special presentations by the NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers and Red Cross Voluntary Service Business Partner Andrea Lee. Bilawara Lee, CDU’s Indigenous Academic in Residence provided the Welcome to Country. This years theme was #BeBoldForChange and guests were encouraged to be bold in the workplace and home and continue the journey towards a gender equal society.
This was the seventh year the Northern Institute has held an event celebrating International Women's Day, raising more than $1500 for charity. This year the gold coin donation on entry went to the Red Cross. View our International Women’s Day Photobooth pics & International Women’s Day Event pics

NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers

Event to celebrate bold and brave women

06 March 2017

Some of the Northern Territory’s most prominent women will take the stage during International Women’s Day 2017 at Charles Darwin University on Wednesday, 8 March. The event themed #BeBoldForChange asks that people take the ground-breaking action that drives the greatest change for women to forge a better working environment and more gender inclusive world. The event will be held at the Mal Nairn Auditorium at Casuarina campus on Wednesday, 8 March from 9.30am until 11:30. For more information or to register visit here.
Hosted by the Northern Institute at CDU, the event will include special presentations by the  and Red Cross Voluntary Service Business Partner Andrea Lee. Read more

John Dillon Memorial Fellowship Delegation visit NI

John Dillon Memorial Fellowship Delegation visit NI

01 March 2017

Acting Director Professor Lisa McManus hosted five International guests and John Dillon Memorial Fellows at Northern Institute. The delegation were given an outline of current research from NI researchers Dr Kerstin Zander, Dr Marilyn Kell & Dr Opperman. Another fantastic opportunity to promote our research capability & share connections. Thanks to CDU's Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods for connecting us. To find out more about the John Dillon Memorial Fellowships and to apply visit here

Governor General & Lady Cosgrove visit to NI 2

Governor General & Lady Cosgrove visit to NI

21 February 2017

Northern Institute were delighted to be part of this visit on CDU campus by the Governor General and Lady Cosgrove hosted by Vice Chancellor Simon Maddocks. This was a unique opportunity to showcase our Northern research capability in particular our work with Indigenous Communities and Plant Biosecurity as well as our Heat Stress Research work. Our Heat Stress research attracted the Governor General due to his long military history and working in tropical climates. Find out more about our Heat Stress work here

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

21 February 2017

Today is International Mother Language Day & to commemorate NTs finest Indigenous Language Champions gathered to talk about future planning including upcoming conferences and symposia to promote bilingual language education and preservation of Indigenous languages in the Northern Territory. Awesome mob! Click here for more pictures

Barry JuddNI welcomes Professor Barry Judd

13 February 2017

Acting Director Professor Lisa McManus welcomed Professor Judd to NI this week. 

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Professor Barry Judd to CDU and the Northern Institute. Barry commenced with us today, based at Northern Institute at the Alice Springs campus. Many of you know Barry or know of his research, so you will understand the important contribution Barry will make to the Northern Institute, the Faculty of LEBA and CDU.

For colleagues that aren’t aware of Barry’s research you might be interested in the following link that outlines his current project that he brings to CDU with his ARC Fellowship. Barry is a member of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) and his research interests include the social impact of Australian Football on Indigenous Australia; explorations of Australian identity and the process of cultural interchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; constructions of Australian citizenship and Australian nationalism; Aboriginal affairs policy and administration. Please join me in welcoming Barry to the team!” Link to Facebook post

Charles Darwin Debate

Charles Darwin Debate

10 February 2017

Northern Institute staff attended the Charles Darwin Debate ‘Do we need to rethink the theory of evolution?’ held on campus recently. The event was ‘Adjudicated by Tom Pauling AO QC. The Positive team included Professor Martin Carroll (PVC Education & Student Success), Adam Britton (RIEL) & Mel from Radio 104.1 and the Negative team consisted of Professor Lawrence Cram (DVC of Research), Alexandra Murray (Office of Research & Innovation) & the VC & President of CDU Professor Simon Maddocks. The Negatives won...only just! The Positives made a strong case and had the crowd in hysterics... well done to all! 

There was a yummy morning tea held afterwards with lots of discussion - some of us even got photobombed by the VC himself!

Click here to see More pics

Kuntal & Ben

NI Success in Brazil

6 February 2017

Congratulations to NI student Kuntal Goswami who won the Emerging Scholar Award for his paper presentation based on his PhD project at the 13th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Niteroi, Brazil. Kuntal travelled with NI Senior Research Fellow Dr Benxiang Zeng who also presented at the conference. Read Kuntal’s abstract here

Prof. Ruth Wallace

Ruth Wallace announced as ‘Territorian to watch in 2017’

15 January 2017

Director, Professor Ruth Wallace was named by NT News as a Territorian expected to make their mark in 2017. In 2016, Ruth Wallace became the first female Australian researcher to be awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences. In a few weeks, the director of the Northen Institute at Charles Darwin University will head to the US to work with researchers at Kansas State University. Her role centres on engaging remote communities in biosecurity surveillance. Read the full story here

Dr Eslpeth

Our Heat Stress Research highlighted on ABC News Broome

29 December 2016

Journalist Erin Parke of ABC News Broome recently covered a story about our Heat Stress research and interviewed Heat Stress Research Partnership coordinator & NI researcher Dr Elspeth Opperman. The Heat Stress Research Partnership (HSRP) formed in response to a shared concern about the challenge Heat Stress posed to the safety, health and wellbeing of the workforce in the region, particularly during the ‘Build-up’ and Wet season.  It links the three northern Group Training Organisations from northern WA, NT and Queensland including GTNT, Kimberley Group Training and Skill360 Australia with research expertise from Northern InstituteMenzies School of Health ResearchJames Cook University and RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. Watch the ABC story here 

Heat Stress

Top End tradies to swallow tiny thermometers for heat stress experiments

29 December 2016

NI researcher Dr Elspeth Oppermann, coordinator of the Heat Stress Research Partnership speaks to The Guardian about the research into study how local workers and workplaces, in tropical Northern Australia, adapted to working in extreme heat and humidity. Read the full story here.

Read about the Heat Stress Research Partnership research at our website.

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VC Awards 2016

Congratulations to the NI Nominees & Award Winners at the 2016 VC's Awards for Exceptional Performance

28 November 2016

Professor Dean Carson, Winner, Outstanding Individual Researcher
Dr Jackie Gould,
Nominee, Emerging Researcher
Dr Supriya Mathews,
Nominee, Emerging Researcher
Dr Michaela Spencer,
Nominee, Emerging Researcher
NI's Central Australian Research Group,
Nominee, Exceptional Research Team
The VC also presented a 10 year service award to Research Assistant Pawinee Yuhun
Congratulations one and all! Click here for more pics

Tony Barns

NI presents for NAGS Conference

25 November 2016

Northern Institute researcher Tony Barnes presented recently on his research at the National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) Conference along with Menzies researchers Matthew Stevens and Maren Thoss. The title of the presentation was : 'Gambling $s in the Northern Territory: is the Territory out of line?'. The conference was held in Cairns Queensland over 3 days from 23-25 November.
The National Association for Gambling Studies Inc. promotes discussion and research into all areas of gambling activity. They have members from the industry, treatment agencies, academics, regulators and gamblers themselves. To find out more about the conference please visit the NAGS website

Indon Embassy visit

Visit by Indonesian Embassy (Canberra)

23 November 2016

Professor Ruth Wallace met with Professor Ronny Rachman Noor, Ir, MRur.Sc, PhD – Education and Cultural Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy Canberra to discuss research partnerships & future collaborations to grow the region. Also taking part in the discussion was Indonesian Consul, Pak Andre Siregar and Ibu Ryan Andriani – Consul for the Information, Social and Cultural Affairs and Shena Damayanti from the office of Information, Social and Cultural Affairs.

Heat Stress- Elspeth

Researchers place spotlight on heat stress

21 November 2016

Employers in Northern Australia can play an important role in a new research program examining heat stress across Australia’s monsoon tropics, says a researcher at Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute. Dr Elspeth Oppermann said there was widespread acknowledgement that outdoor labour-intensive workers experienced heat stress, but dealing with the problem was hampered by the lack of feasible, regionally appropriate responses. Read the full story by Patrick Nelson.  Read more about the Stress Research Partnership

MPP Information Sessions Dec 2016

Master of Public Policy Information Sessions announced

18 November 2016

NI recently announced it would hold 45 minute information sessions at Northern Instiutte and in the city at the Northern Australia Development Office.  These sessions give prospective students an opportunity to learn more about the Master of Public Policy course, discuss study options and ask questions. The Course Coordinator will provide an overview of the course, how to apply and information on study options. You can register to attend a session here.

Master of Public Policy Information Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:
5.00pm Tuesday 29 November. 
Northern Institute, CDU Casuarina campus Yellow 1.2.48 MAP
3.30pm Thursday 8 December. 
Northern Australian Development Office, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin City MAP
5.00pm Tuesday 7 February. 
Northern Institute, CDU Casuarina campus Yellow 1.2.48 MAP
3.30pm Wednesday 8 February. 
Northern Australian Development Office, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin City MAP

VC and Rolf

Prof. Rolf Gerritsen receives 10 year Long Service Award

17 November 2016

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to NI's Professor Rolf Gerritsen who was presented a 10 year long service award by CDU Vice Chancellor & President Professor Simon Maddocks in Alice Springs last week. Rolf is also featured in the CDU’s latest Bi-annual research magazine Origins(page 24). Share the good news on Facebook and Twitter

Dean Carosn

NI researcher wins prestigious Institute of Public Administration Australia award

04 November 2016

Congratulations to NI's Professor Dean Carson who has jointly won with Dr Adam Walstead (Michigan Technological University) the Sam Richardson Award for the Most Influential Paper: Australian Journal of Public Administration/Institute of Public Administration Australia. The winning article is entitled “Government with a Cast of Dozens: Policy Capacity, Risks and Policy Work in the Northern Territory”. Read the paper

Read the Media Release
Visit the IPAA website

Dr Linda won ARC

Yolngu Cosmology project wins $360K ARC - We Are Celebrating!

01 November 2016

Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr Linda Ford has just been awarded almost $360,000 in funding under the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Indigenous scheme.
Linda’s project will focus on aspects of the Yolngu people in North-east Arnhem Land of the Northern Territory. The project will involve supporting and retaining established Yolngu Australian researchers in traditional ecological environmental knowledge, and improving Yolngu wellbeing and quality of life.
Read the CDU eNews story
Read the NITV story


NI celebrates new book at CDU Waterfront

27 October 2016

50 people joined us to celebrate the launch of ‘Settlements at the Edge: Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations’ Thursday 27 October, 2016 at the beautiful CDU Waterfront Campus.
The book, which was officially launched by Jodie Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Department of the Chief Minister, examines the evolution, characteristics, functions and shifting economic basis of settlements in sparsely populated areas of developed nations.
‘Settlements at the Edge’ was edited by Northern Institute researchers Andrew Taylor & Dean Carson + Prescott C. Ensign, Lee Huskey, Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, Gertrude Saxinger.
A chaired panel session concluded the event at which editors and authors discussed and debated key themes in the book. Attendees also took part asking questions and participating in discussions with the panel.
To learn more visit the event webpage or visit the Facebook Album

Demog talk to treasury

NI presents to NT Department of Treasury & Finance

26 October 2016

Our Demography & Growth Planning team along with colleagues & International Demography experts presented a seminar to the NT Dept Treasury and Finance 26 October. What was covered? Everything from the top 3 population issues for the NT, Work on projections ARC, The NT's future population and Change and challenges for small settlements in the north just to name a few. View more pics of the event Here

Heat Stress Partners Wkshop 2016_2NI hosts Heat Stress Research Partnership Workshop

22 October 2016

Northern Australia’s largest employers of apprentices and trainees, Skill360 Australia, GTNT and Kimberley Group Training met with researchers in Darwin 20-21 October to develop a program of research that tackles the problem of heat stress in Northern Australia’s tropical monsoon zone. The meeting was the first of the newly formed Heat Stress Research Partnership. It links the three northern Group Training Organisations from northern WA, NT and Queensland with research expertise from Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute, Menzies School of Health Research, James Cook University and RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. Outdoor, labour-intensive workers in northern Australia routinely experience heat stress as a result of environmental heat and humidity. The Partnership formed in response to a shared concern about the challenge this posed to the safety, health and wellbeing of the workforce in the region, particularly during the ‘Build-up’ and Wet season.
Read more about the Stress Research Partnership

Climate-Smart Livestock Project: Central Luzon, Philippines

20 October 2016Climate-Smart Livestock Project

NI researcher Dr Kerstin Zander visited PhD student Jacquelyn Escarcha's field study site in Central Luzon, Philippines in October. Jacquelyn's PhD research study project is entitled 'Towards climate-smart livestock: the role of water buffalo in increasing livelihood resilience in Central Luzon, Philippines'. Visit activities included field observation, meeting with research participants and attending a local scientific seminar and annual convention in Manila.
View pics of the visit

Cambodia Ministry of Education VIP visit

Cambodia Ministry of Education VIP visit to Northern Institute

13 October 2016

NI Director Professor Ruth Wallace recently met with Mr Mak Ngoy the Director General of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education of Cambodia. Mr Ngoy was visiting Charles Darwin University and being hosted by Dr Ania Lian who is a lecturer in Teaching & Learning at CDU as well as the Vice-President of AsiaCALL (Research and Innovation).

Pictured L to R: Dr Ania Lian, Mr Mak Ngoy & Professor Ruth Wallace

Ruth award team photo NI Director wins prestigious AIMS Leadership Award

29 September 2016

Professor Ruth Wallace was announced the 2016 winner of the AIM Leadership Excellence NT Leader/Manager of the Year award at Parliament House, Darwin on Thursday 29 September.  Professor Wallace was nominated for creating a culture of excellence at the Northern Institute and for driving its development into a highly regarded and internationally recognised social and policy research institute. She also was recognised for her ability to exercise strong leadership in a complex and multi-disciplinary setting, and for building the Institute’s profile among key stakeholders including government agencies, industry organisations, Indigenous communities and in the wider non-government sector. Ruth now goes onto the National Finals at a Gala dinner which will be held in Brisbane in October. Good luck, Ruth!

Tony BarnesNI Researcher Provides Advice for Major Review

26 September 2016

NI researcher Tony Barnes of our Demography and Growth Planning team provided the methodological advice for this major review of Indigenous Burden of Disease and sitson the Australian Burden of Disease Indigenous Reference Group. Amongst other results, this report outlines the causes of the gaps in life expectancy between Indigenous and other Australians.

You can download the document FREE at the following webpage:


Congratulations Peter Berggren!

19 September 2016

Peter Berggren was recently awarded The Håkan Mogren Foundation 2016 medical scholarship in recognition of – and for the advancement of – efforts for human well-being. Peter has been a close colleague of NI Demographer Professor Dean Carson over the years travelling to Darwin in 2013 to take part in our 'URBAN NORTH: Dreams and Realities Symposium'. Peter who works at the Centre for Rural Medicine in Sweden's North which is a partner with NI & the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in winning a $450,000 grant to investigate health workforce issues in remote parts of Sweden earlier this year.

Read the Peter Berggren award story -
About the grant -

Samantha Disbray

NI work with Warumungu and Warlmanpa language speakers in Tennant

16 September 2016

The CDU campus in Tennant Creek has been a buzz the last two weeks. Warumungu and Warlmanpa language speakers have been working with Northern Institute’s Samantha Disbray and Australian National University colleague Jane Simpson as part of a set of projects under the Centre for Excellence Dynamics of Languages. Click here for more pics & information.

Linda & PeterMonash Visitor to NI

13 September 2016

Dr Linda Ford hosted Dr Peter Anderson a visiting researcher from Monash University (Faculty of Education) who is in the Northern Territory to visit pre-service teachers at Maningrida (West Arnhem Land region) doing their practical in a remote community. Peter's country is the Daly River region and he resides & works in Melbourne, Victoria.

The best

Northern Institute sweep LEBA Faculty Grants again!

08 September 2016

We are very proud to announce that our multi-talented research team were successful in winning a majority of the LEBA Faculty Collaboration Grants announced recently. Congratulations to the following NI researchers and their partners researchers and agencies for their winning projects:

  • Tom Wilson, Kerstin Zander, Andrew Taylor and Huw Brokensha - Creating seasonal de facto population estimates
  • Ben Zeng, Rolf Gerritsen, Judy Lovell, Supriya Mathew, Deepika Mathur - Social sustainability: Regional development in remote Indigenous Australia
  • Ruth Wallace and Cathy Robinson - Evaluating the impact of investment northern development with Indigenous communities
  • Ruth Wallace, Karen Gibb and Michael Christie - Moving from Theory to Practice – Pathways for Aboriginal led Development.
  • Linda Ford and Marianne StClair - Expansion of Telehealth and digital inclusion in Northern Australia.
  • Linda Ford and Heather Gibb - Addressing neglected contexts of ageing in northern Australia
  • Dean Carson - Stimulating migration of the professional workforce into northern regions– what can we learn from medical doctors?
  • Emma Williams and Gill Westhorp - Developing evaluative research capacity
  • Elspeth Oppermann and Matt Brearley - Heat Stress Research Partnership grant applications: app development and prototype.

Congratulations to you all!

Congratulations to NI’s Dr Kate Golebiowska Who Has Just Published a Joint Paper In the Australian Geographer

 Kate G07 September 2016

Congratulations to NI’s Dr Kate Golebiowska who has just published a joint paper in the Australian Geographer entitled ‘Responding to Negative Public Attitudes towards Immigration through Analysis and Policy: regional and unemployment dimensions’. The Australian Geographer is the oldest academic Geography journal in Australia.  It is published in four issues per year and is indexed in a number of citation indexes.  Launched in 1928, the journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal that is distributed all over the world.  It focuses primarily on two areas of research: Australia and its region, including developments, issues and policies in Australia, the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, Asia and Antarctica; and environmental studies, particularly the biophysical environment and human interactions with it.The Australian Geographer is published by Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

Publication details:
Golebiowska, K.,
Elnasri, A. and Withers, G. (2016). Responding to Negative Public Attitudes towards Immigration through Analysis and Policy: regional and unemployment dimensions, Australian Geographer, online 2 September, DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2016.1220904.


NI Hosts 1ST GO DIGI POP UP Event On Campus

2 September 2016

Northern Institute hosted our first Go Digi Pop-Up Darwin Festival event recently. The Go Digi Pop-Up Festival is run as part of the National Year of Digital Inclusion. The Go Digi goal is to help 300,000 Australians improve their digital skills and online confidence and these Pop-Up Festivals are a great way for the community share their digital knowledge. NI researcher Marianne St Clair pulled together a group of ‘techsperts’ to present ‘i-Med and i-Vet: Delivering tele-medicine and tele-veterinary services to remote areas in Northern Australia and Indonesia’. Event details

Dr Don Zollner

Award Winning Paper Presented

23 August 2016

NI Adjunct Don Zoellner presented his award winning paper from the AVETRA Research Conference 2016 as part of the People.Policy.Place 2016 Seminar Series. The paper entitled ‘Fixing problematic apprentice systems: there is never a clean slate’ was well received by all who attended. 



NI Attends Freedom Festival

21 August 2016

Northern Institute were proud to have been on Gurindji country for the 50th Wave Hill Walk Off Anniversary and Freedom Festival.

The Charles Darwin University delegation, led by Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, were panel members for the Jarrakapkula (Talking): Indigenous Education held at Barrangut (Daguragu Rec hall) which was moderated by PVC Indigenous Leadership, Wendy Ludwig.  Facebook pics

Garma Festivel

Garma Festival 2016

03 August 2016

Northern Institute were part of a CDU delegation headed by Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks that attended Garma Festival 2016 (29 July to 1 August).  Over 2000 people came together on north-east Arnhem Land site to take part in Garma which is Australia’s Leading Cultural Exchange event.  The theme this year was ‘the land is our backbone’.  The annual festival is facilitated by the Yothu Yindi Foundation who is committed to improving the state of Indigenous disadvantage by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

The Garma gathering brings together business leaders, international political leaders, intellectuals, academics and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing Australia.  Please visit the Garma website to view the full program of events and entertainment offered during the festival.

Population symposium to examine NT future

Population symposium to examine NT future

18 July 2016

In the lead up to the 2016 Census, experts will gather in Darwin to discuss key demographic issues affecting the Northern Territory and what this might mean for the future of Northern Australia.
The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University will host a Northern Population Matters symposium on Thursday, 4 August in Darwin, bringing together researchers to present findings on recent population change and possible impacts for society and the economy. read more

NAIDOC 2016 National Awards In Darwin


08 July 2016

Northern Institute attended the NAIDOC 2016 National Awards held in Darwin on Friday 8 July.  Congratulations to all the award winners!

Award winners:

  • Caring for Country Award: Manymak Energy Efficiency Project (NT)
  • Youth of the Year: Elijah Douglas (QLD)
  • Artist of the Year: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (NT)
  • Scholar of the Year: Layneisha Sgro (WA)
  • Apprentice of the Year: Montana Ah-Won (WA)
  • Sportsperson of the Year: Jade North (NSW)
  • Female Elder of the Year: Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik (NT)
  • Male Elder of the Year: Dr Robert Francis Isaacs (WA)
  • Person of the Year: Professor Chris Sarra (QLD)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Stephen Page (QLD)

See all the event pics here


NI Takes Part In ASIC NAIDOC Event With Video Launch

05 July 2016

Professor Ruth Wallace was guest speaker at a ASIC NIADOC Week event with the theme "Songlines: the living narrative of our nation" to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  She joined Dr Donna Odegard from Larrakia Nation and presented about Indigenous women & leadership.  ASIC Commissioner Cathie Armour hosted the event which also launched ASIC’s new video resources for Indigenous Australians – ASIC has developed three video animations which provide light-hearted, easy to understand information for remote and regional Indigenous audiences on three key financial issues:
Motor vehicle financing, Consumer leases, Book up.

you can view the videos here
The event was recorded and video linked to ASIC offices across Australia including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Traralgon

NT sausagefest

The NT'S a Sausagefest

30 June 2016

NI Demographer Dr Andrew Taylor was interviewed by the Sunday Territorian about how the Territory is the most male-dominated part of Australia. Here's the article.

Prof. Rolf

How Local Politics In The Northern Territory Could Muddy The Federal Vote — The Conversation

17 June 2016

Congratulations to NI’s Central Australian based Principal Researcher Professor Rolf Gerritsen whose article was just published on The Conversation today.

Here’s the link "State of the states: how local politics in the Northern Territory could muddy the federal vote"

MPP 2016

Master of Public Policy: Enrol now for semester 2

01 June 2016

Northern Institute (NI) at Charles Darwin University now offer a Master of Public Policy (SPPOL1) degree and are currently taking enrolments for semester 2.  The Master of Public Policy (MPP) addresses the expressed need for a postgraduate qualification that equips public policy practitioners for working in northern Australia and with its northern neighbours in Southeast Asia.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is designed for such northern contexts; it will provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy in remote, regional, Indigenous and cross-jurisdictional contexts. The course is also intended to be a platform for both students and staff of partner organisations, departments and universities, fostering a culture of cooperation to support the development of public policy practice in this rapidly developing region. NI can offer elements of the Master in Public Policy in 'Intensive Mode'. NI is enrolling students for Semester 2 and will be holding Master of Public Policy Information Sessions (45min) on the following dates:

  • 5.00pm Thursday 16 June (Northern Institute, CDU Casuarina campus Yellow 1.2.48)
  • 3.30pm Monday 27 June (Northern Australian Development Office, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin City)
  • 5.00pm Wednesday 13 July (Northern Institute, CDU Casuarina campus Yellow 1.2.48)

Prospective students are encouraged to attend these sessions to learn more, meet with lecturers, discuss study options and ask questions. Please click here for detailed information on course outline, unit details and credit points, testimonials and intensive modes on offer. You can also download a MPP flyer 2016 here.

NI hosts Permampu Consortium of Women’s NI hosts Permampu Consortium of Women’s Organisations in Alice

25 May 2016

Recently 5 visitors from the Permampu Consortium of Women’s Organisations in Sumatra arrived in Alice Springs for two full days of networking and visits, organised and supported by the Northern Institute researchers Samantha Disbray and Deepika Mathur and research student Delyna Baxter. Ramida Sinaga, Endang Sulfiana, Ramadhaniati, Desy Setyawati, Yeni Roslaini were picked up from the airport on Wednesday 25 May and hosted at a lunch at the Star of Alice provided by CDU. The group was joined by Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Research Co-ordinator Bronwyn Silver, who afterwards lead the tour of Alukura Birth Centre. Later they visited the Purple House, the Western Desert Dialysis Unit to find out about their innovative service and community governance model. To read more & view pics visit our Facebook

Bilawara Lee

Congratulations To Bilawara Lee!

22 May 2016

Wonderful news that respected Larrakia woman Bilawara Lee has been appointed to CDU as an academic-in-residence. Bilawara has a long history working with the Northern Institute and we value the knowledge she brings to us - and now the entire University. Full story


Young ‘know role’ in knowledge future

19 May 2016

Young Indigenous Central Australians recognise their vital role in ensuring that traditional knowledge is carried into the future, a Charles Darwin University researcher has found.

Dr Josie Douglas said that young Aboriginal people had much to offer in showing how modern technology could be used in the “maintenance and transmission of knowledge”. “As fearless users of technology, our young people are often underestimated but nonetheless a central element in the Indigenous knowledge system,” Dr Douglas said. read more...

Anhui University visit Northern Institute

Anhui University visit Northern Institute

11 May 2016

Northern Institute had the honour of hosting representatives from the Anhui University, China, this morning.

The distinguished delegates included: CHENG Hua, President; GUO Zhiyuan, Director International Department; ZHANG Shuting, Lecturer of Foreign Languages School, Interpreter.

Anhui University has a Rural Economic and Social Development Research Institute with some similar research themes & capability to Northern Institute - this meeting highlighted the similarities and the possibility for future research partnership.
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Prof Emma

Rare air for evaluation expert

26 May 2016

A Charles Darwin University academic has received international recognition for her professional expertise as an evaluator. Associate Professor Emma Williams of the Northern Institute this month received word that she has been designated a Credentialed Evaluator by the Credentialing Board linked to the Canadian Evaluation Society, the only organisation in the world where this designation can be gained.

“The application process requires evidence of expertise and experience in multiple areas,” Ms Williams said. read more....


Prof Rolf new newsInternational education ‘could bring NT $150m’

26 April 2016

A Charles Darwin University academic has calculated that the Territory’s international education exports could triple to $150 million a year within a decade. Northern Institute political economist Professor Rolf Gerritsen said this would see international education rise to fifth on the list of export earners for the NT, up from its current 10th placing.

“The international education sector is a promising industry for the NT and will grow in importance, both absolutely and relative to other export industries,” Professor Gerritsen said. read more....

Ruth New president Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace was announced as the new President of AVETRA

22 April 2016

Last night at the AVETRA Conference (Sydney) Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace was announced as the new President of the Australian Vocational Education & Training Research Association (AVETRA).  Below left she is pictured with outgoing President Michele Simons.

But wait there’s more….NI’s Professor Don Zoellner won the ‘Best Conference Paper’ at the AVETRA conference awards – Don is pictured with Michele and Ruth (below right). Congratulations to both Ruth and Don on their accomplishments!

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Disaster Management report

New Report Just Launched - Disaster Resilience, Management and Preparedness in Aboriginal Communities in Darwin and Palmerston

19 April 2016

How do Aboriginal Communities prepare for disasters? We worked with the Northern Territory Emergency Services (NTES), Red Cross & Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) to explore the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Darwin when a cyclone, bushfire or severe weather event strikes and in its aftermath, and to identify determinants of vulnerability from the perspective of these communities.

Read the report here


Central Australians Win Research Grants

11 April 2016

Seven staff at Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs campus have won grants for research projects in areas ranging from heat stress and recycling, to teaching in remote Australia. The grants, of either $5000 or $10,000, will fund four projects in the Northern Institute and a fifth in the School of Education.

  • Dr Judy Lovell and Dr Benxiang Zeng: Socio-economic development activities evident in an exchange of knowledges between indigenous communities in Asia-Pacific region.
  • Dr Supriya Matthew, Dr Benxiang Zeng, Dr Slade Lee and Dr Andrew Coutts: Exploring the relevance of native plants in mitigating heat stress in Central Australia.
  • Dr Deepika Mathur, Dr Robert Crawford and Professor Rolf Gerritsen: Environmental and economic cost of recycling construction waste in Alice Springs.
  • Dr Elspeth Oppermann, Dr Don Zoellner and Dr Matt Brearley: Why apprentices fail to complete: Exploring Northern Australia's extreme heat as a possible factor.
  • Dr Lisa Papatraianou, Dr Al Strangeways and Dr Susan Beltman: Becoming a teacher in remote Australia: Picturing Resilience.

Read the full CDU E-news story


Seniors in NT Population Set To Double!

07 April 2016

This morning NI Researcher & Demography expert Dr Andrew Taylor talked to Conor Byrne on Breakfast 105.7 ABC Darwin about his research and our report commissioned by Council on the Aging NT recently presented to City of Darwin to help make Darwin age-friendly.

Listen to the interview at 1.46.15 here

Read our report

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CDU ranks higher among world’s young unis

07 April 2016

CDU has moved UP from 48 to 31 in Times Higher Education rankings of universities less than 50 years. Making us the third highest ranking University in the whole of Australia. See the stats
Read the CDU eNews story

Alicia Boyle

Thousands of ‘untapped workers’ could boost NT economy

06 April 2016

Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute has estimated that there are nearly 6000 unemployed Darwin residents who have the potential to boost the Northern Territory economy. Workforce Development Research Associate Alicia Boyle said the mobilisation of Darwin’s “untapped labour force” could enhance government objectives to develop Northern Australia. read more...

Read the research by our NI experts here

Listen to the interview with Vicki Kerrigan ABC 105.7 & Alicia Boyle

Creative Commons workshop

Creative Commons workshop - Investigating the use of Creative Commons licenses with Indigenous language materials

05 April 2016

Thanks to a small grant from the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts (LEBA) at Charles Darwin University, granted to the Northern Institute (Cathy Bow) and the School of Law (David Price), an expert in the area of Copyright law and Creative Commons was invited to facilitate a two-day workshop in Darwin in March. Our invited guest, Dr Anne Fitzgerald is a barrister who has practised, taught and researched in the areas of intellectual property law, internet/e-commerce law and international trade law for more than 20 years. read more....

Workshop Taiwan

NI Takes Part In Walking Workshop Taiwan

01 April 2016

The International Network of Indigenous Ecological Farmers (INIEF) Walking Workshop and Alliance Meeting: took place in Taiwan from 10-21 March 2016 and Northern Institute researchers took part. Indigenous farmers and  scholars from 12 Indigenous groups in eight countries: Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Malaysia, India, Papua New Guinea and Taiwan, with around 20 different languages, gathered in Taiwan travelling to more than 10 Indigenous communities in Taiwan, to share our experiences around the topics of food sovereignty and climate change, our search for ecological farming techniques, our struggles for territory and the defence of our culture, our ways of teaching and learning. The group met in the field, discussed in the forest, shared their knowledge in deep mountains. The workshop led to The Taiwan Declaration of Indigenous Ecological Farmer, which was read at the closing ceremony in Taipei by Theresa Alice, an East Arrernte woman from Alice Springs.  The Australian team included Northern Institute researchers Dr. Judith Lovell and Dr. Benxiang Zeng and Theresa Alice, an educator and designer of cultural curricula in central Australia. We shared our knowledge and efforts in regional economic development in Indigenous communities, Indigenous education, Indigenous traditional knowledge transmission, and Australian Indigenous people’s perspectives on land, food and culture.
Mr. Richard Neumann (Deputy Representative of Australian Office in Taipei) and his wife participated in the workshop activities on 16 March 2016 in Cinsbu Community. At this time he said he appreciated this opportunity and acknowledged Northern Institute's  contribution in the workshop as well as our contribution to strengthen the linkage between Australia and Taiwan especially in the cooperation in Indigenous studies and exchanges. View the photo album on Facebook

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NI Celebrates Harmony Day

22 March 2016

We had over 25 CDU staff & students join us to celebrate Harmony Day at Northern Institute Tuesday 22 March.

The annual ‘bring a plate’ lunch was opened by Dr Linda Ford, who is currently Acting Director of Northern Institute. Linda gave some fascinating statistics about the NT’s multicultural diversity and then congratulated NI staff members Aravinda and Hina on their newly acquired Australian citizenship. The amazing BYO buffet included rice paper rolls, goat curry, samosas, fried rice, pavlova, spicy noodles, sausage rolls, Greek pastries, cheese & dips, Sri Lankan curry, hot chips & even a giant basket of Easter eggs.

Thank you to everyone who came along and Happy Harmony Day!  View the pics HERE

Dr matt-brearley

This Morning We Spoke to ABC Darwin radio About Heat Stress......

22 March 2016

NI Adjunct researcher Dr Matt Brearly talks to Margo about humidity, heat stress and tradies working smart

Listen to the interview HERE

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Judy & Ben

We Are In Taiwan This Week

18 March 2016

Our Alice Springs based researchers Dr Judy Lovell & Dr Benxiang Zeng are in Taiwan 10-20 March attending and presenting at the International Network of Indigenous Ecological Farmers (INIEF) Conference (Providence University). It is a roving conference that travels around a range of communities to visit local farms, sacred sites & water sources.

Some of the communities visited are: Namasia/ E’dolan/ Laiji community, Tayal’s Community (Jianshi Township), Quri community, Mrqwang River, Tbahu community, Cinsbu community, Smangus Community, Taipei.

We’ll report on their trip and findings when they return to Australia. Share this story on Twitter and Facebook

US Visitor

Visit From USA Academic

17 March 2016

Dr Apichai Shipper was welcomed to the Northern Institute this week. Dr Shipper is an Asia Regional Chair of the US Dept. of State Foreign Service Institute and an expert in Japan-U.S. relations, comparative immigration politics and international migration. On request, Northern Institute provided Dr Shipper with an overview of Australian Indigenous Policy & Indigenous issues in Northern Australia.

Dr Shipper hopes to return to Darwin in January 2017 and we have requested that he present for our People.Policy.Place seminar series on his next visit. 

Here he is pictured with NI researchers from left: Michael Harrison, Dr Linda Ford, Dr Apichai Shipper & Dr Christine Black.

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Small & Medium Research Grants winners logoNorthern Institute win 10 of 14 research grants

7 March 2016 

Our amazing team of Northern Institute researchers just won 10 of the 14 Small & Medium Research Grants (2016) offered by the CDU Law, Education, Business & Arts Faculty. And the winning research projects are:

  • ‘Indigenous Knowledge Work in Northern Australian Landscapes of Democracy’ - Dr Michaela Spencer, Dr Endre Danyi, Professor Michael Christie, Professor Helen Verran and Dr Thomas Scheffer
  • ‘Exploring the relevance of native plants in mitigating heat stress in central Australia’ - Dr Supriya Mathew, Dr Benxiang Zeng, Slade Lee (Ninti One) and Dr Andrew Coutts
  • ‘Socio-economic development activities evident in an exchange of knowledges between indigenous communities in Asia-Pacific region’ - Dr Judith Lovell and Dr Benxiang Zeng
  • ‘Social drivers of ecosystem change: Knowledge consolidation pilot project’ - Dr Tom Brewer
  • ‘Measurement and application of TPACK in Higher Education contexts: A CDU case study’ - Ms Alicia Boyle, Dr Jon Mason, Ms Alison Reedy and Ms Ruth Billany
  • ‘Why Apprentices Fail to Complete: Exploring Northern Australia's Extreme Heat as a Possible Factor’ - Dr Elspeth Oppermann, Dr Don Zoellner and Dr Matt Brearley
  • ‘Environmental and Economic Cost of Recycling Construction Waste in Alice Springs’ - Dr Deepika Mathur, Dr Robert Crawford and Professor Rolf Gerritsen
  • ‘Mapping the Cultural and Environmental Values of the Northern Territories Marine Environment to Inform MPA Planning’ - Dr Jackie Gould
  • ‘Revitalising the Tykin Languages of the Daly-Wagait Region’ - Dr Payi Linda Ford, A/Professor David Green and Mr Bruce Birch
  • ‘Understanding the Contract/Seasonal Employment Potential in Regions with High Youth Unemployment: Testing a Dedicated Investigative Tool’ - Alicia Boyle and A/Professor Pascal Tremblay

Another busy & productive year ahead - congratulations to you all!

NI hosts Kansas UniversityNI hosts Kansas State University

29 February 2016

NI had the pleasure of hosting visiting US academics Dr Sue Maes and Professor John Leslie from Kansas State University in February. The Kansas State delegation was in Australia to promote research partnerships and student exchange opportunities. The duo also presented a People.Policy.Place seminar at Northern Institute on Research and Distance Education during their visit. 

Picture (left to right): Professor Ruth Wallace (Director, Northern Institute), Professor Sharon Bell (CDU Deputy Vice Chancellor), Dr Sue Maes & Professor John Leslie (Kansas State Uni), Jan Mo (CDU Deputy Director International) at Northern Institute

farewell for DVC Professor Sharon Bell

NI hosts farewell for DVC Professor Sharon Bell

22 February 2016

Northern Institute hosted a farewell morning tea for Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell recently. Director Professor Ruth Wallace presented Professor Bell with a print of 'Mystery Train' by Marina Strocchi. The DVC has been a strong advocate of NI since its inception and her leadership & support will be greatly missed. Professor Bell leaves CDU after 5 years service and will be relocating to Canberra NSW. -LINK



NI Director awards prestigious Fulbright Scholarship 

15 February 2016

A prominent Charles Darwin University academic will travel to the United States this year to collaborate and build on her research, which seeks to engage remote communities in biosecurity surveillance. Northern Institute Director Professor Ruth Wallace has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarship, which has been sponsored by Kansas State University.

Professor Wallace’s research focuses on marginalised learners’ identities and the intersections with educational systems in regional and remote areas of Northern Australia, and is predominantly undertaken with Aboriginal people. Her stay in the US will contribute to the “Biosecurity Policy at the Margins Project”. read the full story here


Territory FM's Daryl Manzie interviews Cathy Bow

08 February 2016

Daryl Manzie spoke to NI researcher Cathy Bow about Indigenous Languages and a new project.  

Listen to the interview HERE 

Northern Institute

Announcing Northern Institute Policy Briefings 

04 February 2016

In 2016 Northern Institute (NI) commences a Policy Briefing Seminar series in addition to the popular NI People-Policy-Place Research Seminar Series. These Policy Briefing seminars host senior members of Northern Territory and Federal Government agencies to discuss current policy directions that impact on the region.

We invite Territorians from the community, businesses, government and government agencies to participate in these opportunities to participate and hear about the policies that impact on all our lives. Contact Katrina Britnell, Partnerships Coordinator for more information or to recommend a speaker 08 8946 7468 or

Our first Policy Briefing presenter is Tony Considine, General Manager, Indigenous Education Review Implementation from NT Dept of Education.  Tony will be presenting  'A Share in the Future – Indigenous Education Strategy 2015 Review' at Northern Institute Tuesday 16 February 2016.  To find out more and book a place, visit our Event Calendar.  

Prof Dean & Anne

NI Represented at Northern Sweden Conference

15 December 2015

Professor Dean Carson (Senior NI Researcher, based in Sweden) and NI PhD student Ana Vuin represented NI at a conference in northern Sweden recently. The conference was called (translated) “Regional outlook for northern Sweden” and was sponsored by the County Council of Västerbotten. To view their presentations please go to the links:

  1. Dean Carson talked about the importance of international research links, and what these links can be used for… LINK
  2. Ana Vuin talked about what ‘less attractive’ rural areas might need to know about the motivations of people to move there… LINK

Northern Institute End of Year Get+Together

11 December, 2015

On Friday about 50 friends of NI came together to celebrate the end of another exciting and highly successful year for Northern Institute. Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks attended the event which began with a Welcome to Country & Larrakia Smoking Ceremony by Larrakia Elder Bilawara Lee. The smoking ceremony cleansed all guests of negative energy and provided rejuvenation for the new year. The VC then presented followed by NI Director, Professor Ruth Wallace, who highlighted all the amazing NI achievements of 2015.

gettogetherView all the pics here

Cathy Bow

Indigenous clam story snares prize

07 December 2015

The next generation of Indigenous storytellers has reinvigorated stories in traditional languages using the latest in technology and taken home a cash prize for their depiction of a story about three clams named Ḏiŋ’, Ḏaŋ’, and Ḏoŋ’.

The “Living Archive Digital Story Competition” was run though the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University’s “Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages” project, which has built a digital archive of endangered literature with the language-owning communities.

Project manager CDU linguist Cathy Bow said the competition had encouraged people to engage with the archive to create digital resources based on books in the archive. read more

Dr Michaela Spencer Researcher wins grant for politics project

07 December 2015

A researcher with the Northern Institute has won funding for a new ethnographic project in concert with one of Europe’s top universities.

Postdoctoral research fellow Dr Michaela Spencer was the only Territorian to share the $3.5 million in grants announced last month by the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Project. Dr Spencer and German counterpart Dr Endre Danyi, from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, will undertake a unique project to examine the practices of two starkly different political environments at opposite ends of the earth. read more....

Dr Linda

Epigeum Interview with Linda Ford at NI

03 December 2015

Today our Senior Research Fellow Dr Linda Ford was interviewed by Epigeum. The interview, which highlighted research impact, will be used as part of a course offered by eipeum entitled 'Enhancing Research Impact'.



Innovation@CDU Grant 2015 Project Showcase

03 December 2015

We presented on 2 of our successful Innovation grants. Research Coordinator, Belinda Snell, presented to the VC and CDU colleagues: 'International Global Mobility Exchange – Developing process and protocol'

This innovation project was created to enhance the existing CDU exchange/intern programs by aligning them with course rules and developing a complete package of processes that includes internal and external requirements. & Patricia Joy from our Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages team presented on their successful innovation project, 'Embedding Indigenous Languages'.

Congratulations to both for doing a fantastic job presenting!

VC awards

Northern Institute VC Award Winners!

02 December 2015

Congratulations to all our stars for their Vice Chancellor nominations/awards; Dr Linda Ford, Dr Kerstin Zander, Mary Ann Maddox, the Demography team and the Research Support Service. We all appreciate the work you do and the recognition you so richly deserve. Keep up the good work.

And congratulations to NI PhD student Simon Morris for his Long Service Award.


COTA NTInquiry urges action in remote communities

02 December 2015

PEOPLE are growing old in remote places that have never dealt with population ageing.Those communities must now meet the needs of increasing numbers of longerterm elderly residents and inmigrant retirees who are ageing-in-place.

An inquiry undertaken by the Council on the Ageing NT and the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University has confirmed the need for critical attention to ageing-in-place in remote communities. LINK

Ruth - Indonesia trip

UST MoU with CDU Australia

01 December 2015

Yogya (KR) – Postgraduate Program of University of Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa (UST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Charles Darwin University (CDU) Australia. The MoU was signed by Dr. Imam Ghozali, MSc (Vice Rector I UST Yogya-Indonesia) and Prof Ruth Wallace (CDU-Australia) in Gedung Ki Sarino Mangunpranoto, the headquarter campus, on Sunday (29/11). The MoU which is valid for 5 years addresses to work together on Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi (Three Goals of Universities); education and teaching, research and community service.

Prof Ruth Wallace said that her institution was so glad to work together with UST Yogyakarta, an institution which was based on culture and established by Ki Hadjar Dewantara, the Founding Father of Indonesian National Education.

Similarly, Dr. Imam Ghozali MSc said that “Prof Ruth Wallace will begin to implement the MoU in 2016 at UST Yogya.”  

Book - Dr Tom Wilson

New book from NI researcher: ‘Demography for Planning and Policy: Australian Case Studies’

27 November 2015

Northern Institute is delighted to announce that our Principal Research Fellow Dr Tom Wilson has just published a new book ‘Demography for Planning and Policy: Australian Case Studies’ (Springer). Tom edited the book with Elin Charles-Edwards and Martin Bell. 

About the book: The book presents a diverse range of case studies in which demographic analysis has been undertaken to inform planning and policy in Australia. Includes topics rarely tackled in demography, such as the communication of population projections, and the use of official population statistics in electoral distributions and financial distributions. Contains unique Australian topics, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander demography Find out more

rolfs_paperProfessor Rolf Gerristsen ‘IS’ an oil Painting

10 November 2015

Portrait by Alice artist Al Strangeways' of NI researcher wins Senior Portrait of a Territorian award, View the article by Patrick Nelson, CDU Media here 

CDU LIBRARY OPEN ACCESS AWARD 2NI Researcher Receives 2015 CDU Library Open Access Award

29 October 2015

Congratulations to Northern Institute’s Dr Andrew Taylor, for winning the 2015 Charles Darwin University (CDU) Library Open Access Award. The Award, is presented by the CDU Library annually. The Senior Research Fellow won the award for the most number of open access publications deposited in the CDU eSpace repository during the last twelve months.  

Professor Lawrence Cram, Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Research Training, presented the Award this year, and it was received by Professor Ruth Wallace, Director of the Northern Institute, in Dr Taylor’s absence. Dr Taylor provided a short video presentation acknowledging his award which was shown at the ceremony. View Andrew's acceptance speech video here.

The Award is presented at the annual Open Access Seminar during International Open Access Week in October each year.

Prof Rolf

7th Indigenous Economic Development Forum

18 -20 October 2015

Northern Institute researchers are attending and presenting at the IED Forum this week. The Northern Territory (NT) Government, through the Northern Australia Development Office in partnership with the Department of Business, is hosting the IED Forum which is recognised as one of the largest Indigenous economic development specific events held in Australia.

Charles Darwin University is a major sponsor. With the Northern Territory leading the push to develop the North this year's theme of 'Developing the North' is highly appropriate. We are laying the foundations for what is likely to be northern Australia’s biggest period of growth. This growth and access will lead to developmental opportunities for Indigenous Territorians on a scale never seen before. The NT Government maintains that Indigenous socioeconomic development is central to long term and sustainable northern development.


NI presents ‘Yolŋu Women’s Science’ at NIRAKN Conference 2015

14 September 2015

NI researchers Dr Payi Linda Ford and Johanna Funk presented their & Kathy Guthadjaka’s research work to the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Conference in Adelaide 29 September.  NIRAKN is a national, inclusive, multidisciplinary hub and spokes model network committed to facilitating and establishing Indigenous-led research. 

The title of their presentation was ‘Yolŋu Women’s Science’. The workshop presented a synopsis of the learning on country process by the research team that include Kathy Guthadjaka, Dr Payi Linda Ford and Johanna funk based at Northern Institute. The Indigenous Women’s Science team travelled to Gäwa to synthesise, analyse and evaluate models and frameworks of Indigenous Women’s science knowledge to inform the development of curriculum materials. Through following the instructions from our Elder on Country Researcher, Kathy Guthadjaka, as we travelled to various significant sites on location on Galiwink’u (Elcho Island) presented new ways of engagement and big learning. The team engaged in deep Learning on Country, and identified principles of Indigenous women’s science. As a team we came to better understand our own positions and to engage with each other to move beyond what we had initially expected. The evidence presented itself through Guthadjaka’s teaching about Warramirri philosophy behind the resources she has created to share Yolŋu Women’s Science knowledge. The result of the project thus far has identified the processes for an Indigenous engagement model based on Yalu Djurrwirr for science that is generative and collaborative.

Masters in Public Policy - Enrolments now open!

14 September 

The course is designed to prepare policy makers with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research for policy development, implementation and evaluation. It provides a unique opportunity to develop individual students’ analytical and research capacity through supervision with established public policy researchers, policy developers and evaluators working in northern contexts. 

Students will explore a variety of political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy. They will also gain a solid understanding of evidence-based policy development, evaluation and empirical research theories and methodologies. Students can choose from a range of specialist electives to further develop their public policy knowledge in their area of choice, such as Indigenous policy, international education, governance and management, health, emergency and disaster management and environmental management. 

The course addresses the expressed need for a postgraduate qualification that equips public policy practitioners for working in northern Australia and with its northern neighbours in Southeast Asia. The Master of Public Policy is designed for such northern contexts; it will provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy in remote, regional, Indigenous and cross-jurisdictional contexts. The course is also intended to be a platform for both students and staff of partner organisations, departments and universities, fostering a culture of cooperation to support the development of public policy practice in this rapidly developing region. 

This course is aimed at mature students with an undergraduate degree who want to be employed, or advance their career, in a policy related role within the region of northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Graduates will be able to apply for doctoral studies in similar fields upon completion of this course.

Apply for 2016 HERE 

We are looking for a Research Associate / Research Fellow to join our team.  

11 September 2015

The successful applicant will be part of the Demography and Growth Planning team in the Northern Institute.

The project you will work on will make significant advances in two related areas of regional, council area and local population forecasting:

(1) improving accuracy, and

(2) providing indications of forecast uncertainty. In order to increase the value of forecasts to users,

the project will combine methods from a range of disciplines to devise more accurate ways of forecasting populations, and provide accompanying information on their likely error.

This position provides an exciting opportunity to participate in a project which will make innovative contributions to population forecasting, strengthen Australian research in applied demography, and provide useful outcomes for both producers and users of population forecasts throughout the world.



Demographer to target regional populations

31 August 2015

Charles Darwin University’s new population scientist says Australia’s rapidly changing demographic mix underpins the need to develop more accurate methods for forecasting population.

Dr Tom Wilson, who has joined CDU’s Northern Institute Demography and Growth Planning Team as Principal Research Fellow, said that more accurate projections were needed for a wide variety of policy and planning purposes. “Population forecasts often turn out to be far more inaccurate than users realise, yet billions of dollars in government expenditure are allocated every year based on available numbers,” Dr Wilson said.

“Better quality data will help us determine where our population is going and what’s happening to our society. One question we might ask, for example, is: will the Territory’s population reach a million people? read more....

Supreme Court Language and Law Conference

31 August 2015

Northern Institute researchers, Professor Rolf Gerritsen & Dr Samantha Disbray presented at the Supreme Court Language and Law Conference held in Darwin on 30th August 2015.

Presentation titles:

  • Professor Rolf Gerritsen - Policy implications for the CDU Language and the Law project
  • Dr Samantha Disbray - Specific issues for NT Contact Languages in a legal setting

debate on health funding

Economist, doctor back NT Minister's call for debate on funding for elderly health care

21 August 2015

An economist and demographer is backing the need for a debate on health funding in the wake of controversial comments from an NT minister, who has said treating the elderly was coming at the expense of children.

Professor Rolf Gerritsen from Charles Darwin University said while Health Minister John Elferink was "colourful", the Minister's main point was right. Mr Elferink on Thursday said a debate was needed on health funding and that he suspected somebody who had end-stage renal failure would be happy to discontinue treatment so their grandchildren could have better health care.

Read more......

Elcho Island

Funeral fundraising plea after Elcho Island boy's shock death at sports carnival

21 August 2015

A young boy's shock death at a remote Northern Territory school sports carnival is being honoured by an online fundraiser to cover his funeral costs. The 11-year-old child died after being run over by a 4WD during a rope-pulling activity on Elcho Island in early August, police reports said.

Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace was interviewed by Vicki Kerrigan yesterday on her ABC 105.7 Drivetime program. Professor Ruth Wallace works closely with the boy's grandmother, Kathy Guthadjaka, at the Darwin-based Northern Institute. Dr Wallace told 105.7 ABC Darwin the family was still coming to terms with the boy's deathThank you for supporting this beautiful community. READ STORY & Listen to the interview HERE


Bank Account Now Available for Funeral Support Gawa Community

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Funeral support for Gawa CommunityFuneral support for Gawa Community - Donations Appreciated

17 August 2015

You may have heard in the media recently about a terrible accident at a private Gawa School in which a young boy died at a sports carnival.  It is with great sadness that we advise this child was Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka’s youngest grandson. Gotha, as she is more commonly known, is a researcher with Northern Institute and our ‘Elder on Country’, a highly respected Elder, colleague at CDU and a dear friend to many. Gotha recently won the 2015 NAIDOC Top End Elder of the Year (female) award. Gotha and her husband Colin are very much a part of the NI family and their loss is being felt across the Institute and beyond.

In Gotha’s honour, and with permission of the family, NI are initiating a fundraiser to help the family and community to cover funeral expenses.

The cost of a funeral in a remote island community of Northern Territory is significant. However, there are added expenses that need to be met including flights for family and Elders from the mainland as well as accommodation (camping equipment & bedding) and meals during their stay. An Eventbrite page has been set up to take donations HERE. We are asking for people to please give a little to help take the burden off this hurting family at this very difficult time. Your support will help a community to heal from this tragic event.  Thank you!

Any queries can be directed to the Northern Institute at or telephone 08 8946 7468. 


Inger Mewburn


Over the past 18 months ANU have been crafting a MOOC to address PhD student resilience. The MOOC addresses a different emotion for each of the 10 weeks. The course explores confidence, frustration, loneliness, fear, curiosity, confusion, boredom and love. The content explores how this emotion can affect PhD progress in both positive and negative ways and how supervisors can recognise and work to combat the negative effects.

ANU wanted the course to be relevant to students and supervisors, so have focussed on describing some common reactions to these emotions and how they might manifest in sometimes puzzling behaviour. Students might use the course to examine their own reactions, while supervisors might use it to explore some strategies they can use to help. ANU have written it in plain language so it can also be accessible to the supports of PhD students, both university administrators and family and friends. ANU has supported the development and free distribution of this MOOC as a service to the community and hopes you will encourage your staff and students to participate.


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Jeff McMullen


4 August 2015

Northern Institute staff had the pleasure of attending a book launch by Jeff McMullen on Tuesday. The book by Rosie Scott is entitled The Intervention - An Anthology''. Professor Steve Larkin opened the event and a Welcome to Country was given by Bilawara Lee. Jeff McMullen spoke and introduced Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Elder and Northern Territory Australian of the Year, for her presentation. The event was attended by Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks. 

Read more about the book here

Dr Tom Wilson

Introducing Dr Tom Wilson to the NI team

01 August 2015

Dr Tom Wilson has now joined the Northern Institute's Demography and Growth Planning Team. Tom brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of demography and is a very welcome addition to our skilled research team. Tom brings with him an ARC entitled 'Improving Sub-national Population Forecasts' in conjunction with researchers Dr Francisco Rowe and Professor Ludi Simpson.

Project Summary

The aim of this project is to make significant advances in two related areas of regional, council area and local population forecasting, namely improving accuracy, and providing an indication of forecast uncertainty. Population forecasts often turn out to be far more inaccurate than users realise and fail to come with any information about reliability. Every year forecasts inform a wide variety of planning and policy development activities and influence investment decisions worth billions of dollars. In order to increase the value of forecasts to users, this project aims to combine methods from a range of disciplines to devise more accurate ways of forecasting populations, and provide accompanying information on their likely error.

Welcome Tom!

Read his current bio here

Prof Wallace meets with Indonesian Ministry

Meeting with Delegates from the NI meets with Indonesian Ministry

31 July 2015

Professor Wallace met with official delegates from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday to discuss opportunities for trilateral economic development with Indonesia, Timor Leste and Northern Australia. Also on the agenda opportunities for collaboration between the Indonesian Consulate and Northern Institute to develop capacity and projects that have impact in our region.

Professor Wallace was presented with a gift from delegates at the meeting.

Third Karrabing Film Collective

Third Karrabing Film Collective short makes Melbourne film festival debut

31 July 2015

The Karrabing Film Collective is a collective in the true sense of the word. All 25 to 30 members function both as actors and crew in their films; all have equal footing in their projects. "We're trying to develop a different mode of film production in which everyone has a specific role and an individual role," says director Elizabeth Povinelli , who has travelled back and forth between New York – where she is a professor of anthropology and gender studies at Columbia University – and outer Darwin for the past 31 years. read more....

Karrabing Film CollectiveBelyuen film collective selected for Melbourne International Film Festival

29 July 2015

A film made by a group of people from a Northern Territory Aboriginal community has been selected to feature at an international film festival. The Karrabing Film Collective is made up of members of the Belyuen community, on the Cox Peninsula across Darwin Harbour from the city. The Karrabing Film Collective has made movies about understanding dreamtime stories in the modern world and overcrowded government housing in Belyuen. The collective began when some of the members were homeless and dreamt of being film stars.

"We were actually going to do an ABC show and that got cancelled and everyone decided, when we were sitting there, that we'd just make our own movies," said collective member and NI Adjunct Prof. Beth Povinelli.

Read the full story here

Linda & Gotha

CDU researchers win NAIDOC Awards

by Leanne Miles, First Nations Telegraph

15 July 2015

Two prominent Indigenous researchers at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University have taken out Darwin NAIDOC 2015 Awards.

Read the full story here

Dr (Payi) Linda Ford and Gotha (Kathy) GuthadjakaCDU researchers win NAIDOC Awards

14 July 2015

Two prominent Indigenous researchers at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University have taken out NAIDOC 2015 Awards (Darwin). Part-time Senior Research Fellow Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka won the Elder on Country (Female) Award, while Senior Research Fellow Dr (Payi) Linda Ford won the Caring for Country Award.

Ms Guthadjaka is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small homeland community on Elcho Island in north-east Arnhem Land. She is passionate about not only preserving traditional knowledge, but also sharing this knowledge with the greater global community.

Dr Ford is Aboriginal and identifies as Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu, from Kurrindju, on the Finniss River, Northern Territory.

   read more....

NI NAIDOC Group shot 2Northern Institute celebrates two wins at the 2015 NAIDOC awards

13 July 2015

Saturday 11 July at Skycity Casino Northern Institute staff attended the NAIDOC 2015 Ball & Awards night to support two of their colleagues who were award finalists.  And the stars aligned that night as Gotha (Kathy Guthadjka) accepted the award for 'Elder of the Year' 2015 and Dr Payi Linda Ford accepted an award for 'Caring for Country'. CONGRATULATIONS to both amazing women who are inspiring friends, colleagues and researchers.

View more pictures taken at the event

Hannah - NI researcher

NI researcher presents on Indigenous Incarceration at 2015 Crime, Justice and Social Democracy International Conference

10 July 2015

Hannah Payer from NI’s Demography & Growth Planning Research Team presented at the Crime & Justice Conference 2015 held in Brisbane this week.  The presentation was entitled ‘Closing the Justice Gap? Researching demographic impacts from the incarceration of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory’ from a paper written by Hannah and Dr Andrew Taylor and Tony Barnes from the Northern Institute. 

Abstract:    The release of the latest Social Justice and Native Title report by the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner again emphasised the significant over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison. During 2000-2013, the imprisonment rate for Indigenous Australians increased by 57 per cent while the non-Indigenous rate remained fairly stable. Subsequently, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data on prisoners in Australia showed there were 1,494 inmates incarcerated in the Northern Territory in 2013, of which 85.6 per cent were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders; the highest proportion of all States and Territories. Many of these are thought to originate from small and remote communities and, with significant numbers of Indigenous men and women in prison in the NT, there are a range of potential impacts for individual communities including cultural, social as well as demographic impacts. This research explores the demographic impacts for individual remote communities using a range of secondary data and applying statistical techniques to highlight the range of impacts at community levels including outlining the social effects that a community of ‘average’ demographic structure might experience. The results demonstrate that some communities are significantly affected by the absence of residents in jail and from the churn of people to and from prison.


Karrabing Film Collective To Premier At Melbourne International Film Festival

10 July 2015

The Karrabing Film Collective's latest effort, "Windjarrameru, The Stealing C*nt$" is premiering in the Melbourne International Film Festival, August 1st and 4th, as a double feature with its last film, "When the Dogs Talked."

NI Adjunct Prof Beth Povinelli works with the Karrabing Film Collective to create their amazing films. Northern Institute hosted a screening of 'When the Dogs Talked' earlier this year at CDU. See the pics

Assoc Professor Alan Davison and Dr Eliza Kent Indigenous Engagement Programs and future linkages

9 July 2015

Professor Ruth Wallace met with Assoc Professor Alan Davison and Dr Eliza Kent from the University of New England, Armidale today to discuss Indigenous Engagement Programs and possible future linkages.

Dr KerstinDr Zander brings the heat to Europe

9 July 2015

Dr Kerstin Zander is on a research trip through Europe visiting current and future colleagues to collaborate on research papers and future joint grant opportunities.

Kerstin met with Dr Jürgen Meyerhoff (Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof Klaus Glenk (Scotlands Rural College (SRUC)) to analyse data and write papers on the social acceptability of climate change adaptation strategies. They are also polishing off a grant application for the Humboldt Foundation which will look at the economics of heat in developed economies such as Australia, Germany and Italy. read more.....


NAIDOC Award finalists include CDU researchers

06 July 2015

Two prominent Indigenous researchers at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University have been listed as finalists in the NAIDOC 2015 Awards (Darwin). The awards recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, scholars, sportspeople, elders and community members.

A part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka is a finalist in the Elder on Country (Female) Award.

Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr (Payi) Linda Ford is a finalist in the Caring for Country Award. read more......

Andrew TResearch shows Territorians are unique

01 July 2015

Dr Andrew Taylor, Senior Demographer with Northern Institute talks with Adam Steer from ABC 105.7 about how the Territory population is unique compared to the rest of the nation. 

Listen to the interview HERE (4.5mb, mp3 file*)

NI Tourism Research Showcased at Conference in London what matters25 June 2015

The International Conference of Tourism (ICOT) is being held in Middlesex University in London from 24 to 27 June 2015. There are 137 researchers from 42 countries participating in the conference.

On the morning of 25 June, NI researcher Dr. Benxiang Zeng presented his paper "What Matters in a Hotel? Clues from Customers’ Online Reviews".

Abstract: The e-WOM has been broadly recognised to have the influence on many aspects of tourist behaviour, such as on tourists’ production valuation and purchase decisions. The positive e-WOM associated with higher customer satisfaction will deliver positive images and potentially contribute to an increase in tourist numbers and consumption. Yet, little is known about the role and impacts of e-WOM in tourism development and hospitality management in regional areas where there is a big difference with urban areas. read more.....

Dr Linda

NI Researcher presents at Traditional Knowledge Conference.

24 June 2015

Indigenous researcher Dr Linda Ford is presenting this week at the TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE: OUR WAYS OF KNOWING & OUR WAYS OF DOING – 25-26 June, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane QLD. 

The conference brings the voices of some of Australia’s most recognized Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Elders, Leaders, Scholars and Educators to the forefront.  It aims to enrich the professional development and practice of practitioners from multidisciplinary backgrounds.  The event will answer the many questions and assist mainstream practitioners in gaining a better understanding and clearer insight into working with First Nations Australians. The conference core objective and vision is to bring the voices of Indigenous Elders to the forefront, and to provide a platform for our Elders to share their wisdom and their  knowledge in a culturally safe space. More information

Early Bird catches

NI Hosts National Competitive Grant Workshop

22 June 2015

'Early Bird catches the National Competitive Grant' workshop is one of a series of regular peer review and feedback activities (approx. every 6 weeks) with Professor Lawrence Cram's guidance leading up to application submission in late 2015/early 2016.

The first workshop requires each applicant/applicant team to present their application and how it will build on from the 'paper you wish you wrote'.

The workshop series was designed to be a collegial and supportive environment to gain valuable feedback from people outside your direct research team which will facilitate improved articulation and impact.

digital story competition

 Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages Project Launches Competition

22 June 2015

Announcing the Living Archive Digital Story Competition - you can win $1000!

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NI Researcher Presenting at Yapaneyepuk, International Indigenous Education Symposium - 27-29 July, Melbourne VIC

23 June 2015

Northern Institute Indigenous Researcher Dr Linda Ford will be presenting Day 2 11am (28 July). Presentation title: Caring about Ceremony:Indigenous Knowledge across boundaries of time, space and society.

Linda will join other Leading International First Nations Educators.

2015 Yapaneyepuk,
‘Walking Together to Make a Difference’ 
An Indigenous Education Symposium 2015

View the program at the link

Kate Golebiowska

NI Researcher to Present at International Population Conference

19 June 2015

Northern Institute researcher, Dr Kate Golebiowska will be presenting at the 8th International Conference on Population Geographies held in Brisbane in July 2015. Kate will be presenting on research from a joint project with NI's Alicia Boyle. The title of the presentation is:

How to engage 'untapped' labour force to assist the Northern development? Case study of Darwin, Northern Territory (NT)

Read more about the conference

Read Dr Kate Golebiowska research profile here

Aboriginal station workers

Indigi-Briz chats with Delyna Baxter about her exhibition on Aboriginal pastoral workers

15 June 2015

Andy from Indigi-Briz (1-3pm Sundays) chats with Alice Springs-based researcher Delyna Baxter about her interviews with around 350 Aboriginal pastoral workers for her exhibition at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

Original air date: Sunday 14 June, 2015.


Indigenous stockmen

Indigenous stockmen and women honoured in outback Queensland museum display

11 June 2015

A new display in an outback Queensland museum has opened to tell the stories of Indigenous stockmen and women across Australia. The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach, in the state's central-west, received federal funding for the project, which involved years of research and hundreds of people being interviewed across Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Curator and researcher Delyna Baxter said the role of Indigenous people on outback stations had sometimes been overlooked, but this was the first "national" approach to preserve the history for future generations.

"I think so - there have been other projects - I know the Canning Stock Route project was based in Western Australia, on life on the Canning Stock Route, but this exhibition looks at people's lives and contributions across Australia, particularly the northern part of the country," she said.

read more....


Flow-on from imprisonment hits NT

28 May 2015

Experts are investigating the social effect of the disturbing rate of incarceration among Indigenous Australians.

Australians are 16 times more likely to be locked up if they are Indigenous.

New research has indicated that up to 14 per cent of male residents are likely to be missing from remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory at any time, due to incarceration.

Research Associate Hannah Payer, from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, says communities face severe impacts when such large proportions of males aged 20 to 39 years old were absent due to imprisonment.

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heat-stress-millions - Kerstin Zander

Incarceration ‘impacts on Indigenous communities’

25 May 2015

Researchers have indicated that up to 14 per cent of male residents are likely to be missing from remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory at any time due to incarceration.

Northern Institute researchers at Charles Darwin University highlighted the impacts that communities faced when large proportions of  males aged 20 to 39 years old were absent from their communities due to imprisonment.

Research Associate Hannah Payer said the high number of young men missing from communities due to incarceration could affect population growth and bring about severe dysfunction.

“It is important to highlight the magnitude of the impact that high Indigenous incarceration rates in the NT have on communities,” Ms Payer said.


heat-stress-millions - Kerstin Zander Heat stress costs Australia ‘$6.9 billion a year’

05 May 2015

The impact of heat stress on productivity in the workplace throughout Australia is costing the economy billions of dollars each year, with research suggesting office workers are also affected. The research published in the journal “Nature Climate Change” today is the first to examine the economic costs of heat stress in Australia.

Lead researcher Dr Kerstin Zander from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University said the study indicated that heat stress related reductions in workplace productivity were as high as for many chronic diseases.


cota_event_-_Andrew taylor Report to address expected rapid growth in NT seniors

30 April 2015

Researchers will discuss impacts from anticipated rapid growth in the number of seniors living in the Northern Territory at a presentation tomorrow (Friday, 1 May). Northern Institute researchers at Charles Darwin University will discuss results of a major survey of seniors in light of an anticipated doubling of the NT’s proportion of population aged 65 years and over by 2041. The survey, run in partnership with the Council on the Ageing NT (COTA NT), targeted about 2000 Territorians, including non-Indigenous people aged 50 years and over and Indigenous aged 45 years and over.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Taylor said the presentation would discuss key findings, including large anticipated growth in Indigenous Territorians aged 65 and over. The number of Indigenous seniors in the NT was expected to increase at around five per cent a year until 2041 due to past and future life expectancy improvements.


price, BatchelorBatchelor Area Pre-School Wins Our 2015 ‘Close the Gap’ Photo Comp

01 April 2015

Lyn Ashford a Pre-School assistant at Batchelor Area Pre-School sent in the winning pic of Bruce (pictured) learning to write for our recent ‘Close the Gap’ Photo Competition.  Director Professor Ruth Wallace attended the pre-school last week to meet Bruce and his friends and to hand over the prize pack.  Congratulations to the Pre-School for contributing and being involved.

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Christin Black NI Researcher Attends 'Talking Circle' In Canada This Week

25 March 2015

Northern Institute researcher, Dr Christine Black, was invited by Professor Zuni Cruz, the Visiting Chair of the Saskatchewan Law Foundation to join a group of Indigenous legal scholars, writers and jurists from the United States and Canada to discuss issues around Indigenous Law and Justice.

The Saskatchewan Law College’s Native Law Centre hosts the three day 'Talking Circle'. Part of the discussions will be about the establishment of the first Indigenous Law Institute in the United States. The Institute will be established in the University of New Mexico Law School which is Prof Zuni Cruz’s home university. Dr Black will also give a guest lecture during her stay.

Cathy BowIndigenous languages archive showcased to global audience

12 March 2015

A unique digital archive of endangered literature in Northern Territory Indigenous languages, complied by Northern Institute researchers at Charles Darwin University, has been showcased at an international conference in Hawaii. More than 450 minority language conservation stakeholders from around the world attended the four-day event in Honolulu and shared theories and practices on preserving the world’s endangered languages.

CDU Project Manager Cathy Bow demonstrated the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages at the recent International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.

“We received a very positive reception at the conference, with people from interstate and overseas interested in adopting similar methods for their archives,” Ms Bow said.

Read more ....

Prof Ruth International Women’s Day event to celebrate Indigenous researchers

2 March 2015

Prominent Indigenous women will share stories about their work “on country” at an annual International Women’s Day (IWD) event at Casuarina campus on Friday (6 March).

NT Minister for Women’s Policy Bess Nungarrayi Price will present the opening address at the IWD Event, which is being organised by the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University.

Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace said the event would focus on encouraging young Indigenous women to consider a career in research.

“This event provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the research achievements of local Indigenous women, many of whom are leading researchers,” Professor Wallace said.

Read more....

Bruce Birch Researcher records Territory ‘true talk’

2 March 2015

A researcher will capture the unique ways Territorians speak via a series of audio recordings for a national database.

AusTalk Data Collection Manager Bruce Birch has begun recording the speech of long-term Territorians at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University for the AusTalk database.

The database will help researchers gain better understandings of spoken Northern Territory-Australian English by recording residents of various ages and backgrounds and from remote, rural and urban areas.

“By creating a database that shows how Australian English is spoken across the country, we gain the opportunity to compare speech across different regions,” Mr Birch said.

Read more....

Huw BrokenshaReport forecasts Indigenous pension disadvantage

2 March 2015

Researchers are investigating how proposed changes to age pension eligibility might affect the Northern Territory’s Indigenous population.

Researchers Dr Andrew Taylor and Huw Brokensha, from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, explored potential impacts of the 2014 Federal Budget’s proposed retirement age increase to 70 by 2035.

Mr Brokensha said the NT Indigenous population’s shorter life expectancy compared with the non-Indigenous population could lead to a disproportionate “enjoyment” of retirement years.      Read more....

Researcher to explore impacts of NT Indigenous incarceration ratesHannah Payer

09 February 2015

A researcher will hold a public lecture on how remote Indigenous communities might be affected by high Indigenous incarceration rates in the Northern Territory.

Northern Institute Research Associate at Charles Darwin University, Hannah Payer will raise awareness about social and economic issues faced by communities when fellow community members are incarcerated.

Ms Payer said an example of economic impact included the loss of work-ready residents due to incarceration.     

Read more....

Andrew Taylor


Is Darwin dying?

20 January 2015

Vicki Kerrigan from ABC Radio Darwin 105.7 talks to our NI Demographer, Dr Andrew Taylor (pictured), about the 2500+ people that left Darwin in 2014.  Interviewed on Tuesday 20 January 2015.

Listen to the interview HERE (mp3 file*)

*Thank you to ABC Darwin for providing the soundfile 


Professor Ruth WallaceResearchers shed light on North Australian development

1 December 2014

Leading researchers have discussed the future of development in Northern Australia at a recent public conference in Darwin.

Speakers at the event highlighted factors to consider when planning for development in the North, including employment, migration, tourism, town planning and sustainability.

The “Northern Perspective: Northern Australian Development Conference” was organised by the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network (CRN), of which Charles Darwin University is a collaborator.

CRN project manager and Northern Institute director at CDU, Professor Ruth Wallace said the event offered an opportunity for the wider community to understand key future development issues.   Read more....

Dr Tess Lea

‘Darwin’ shortlisted for prestigious literary award

12 December 2014

A history of Darwin written by an Adjunct Professor with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for 2015.

“Darwin”, is one of six finalists in the prestigious award’s non-fiction category. Published in 2014 by New South Books, it was one of a series commissioned on Australia’s capital cities by prominent Australian writers.

“Darwin” is the only book from the series to be nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Literary award.

Read more....

nad-conference-darwinResearchers shed light on North Australian development

1 December 2014

Leading researchers have discussed the future of development in Northern Australia at a recent public conference in Darwin.

Speakers at the event highlighted factors to consider when planning for development in the North, including employment, migration, tourism, town planning and sustainability.

The Northern Perspective: Northern Australian Development Conference was organised by the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network (CRN), of which Charles Darwin University is a collaborator.

CRN project manager and Northern Institute director at CDU, Professor Ruth Wallace said the event offered an opportunity for the wider community to understand key future development issues.  Read more....

Researchers measure tourist satisfaction

18 November 2014

Researchers are encouraging anyone who has visited the Northern Territory Outback as a self-drive tourist to complete an online survey.

Charles Darwin University Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Dr Andrew Taylor said the responses would reveal tourists’ main issues when driving to or around the region.

Dr Taylor said data from the “Survey of self-drive tourists to the Northern Territory Outback” could help government and industry stakeholders plan for a sustainable and long-term tourism industry in the region.

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CDU shares in $4.4 million to support Indigenous researchers

ford-arcawardARC Discovery Indigenous

5 November 2014

Northern Institute researcher Dr Linda Payi Ford will lead a $99,537 project to develop appropriate ways to preserve, interpret and disseminate recordings of Indigenous ceremonial performances in the Wagait-Daly region of the Northern Territory.  

Preserving knowledge of Indigenous ceremonial performance, sharing wisdom and experiences of Koori elders, and discovering how Indigenous identity in remote communities is shaped by organised sport are some of the important new research projects to be undertaken by Australia’s Indigenous researchers with new funding announced recently.

Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, has announced almost $4.4 million for ten new research projects through the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Discovery Indigenous scheme, which develops and supports the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers.

Minister Pyne said the funding scheme was a vital programme allowing Indigenous researchers to excel in their chosen fields of study.

“The researchers involved in the ten projects announced today will make a valuable contribution to the pool of knowledge in Australia and develop the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers.”




Smartphone apps used to save endangered Indigenous languages

ABC News Story

Published on October 30, 2014

Indigenous elders in the Northern Territory are trying to save their endangered language using a smart phone app and crowdsourcing software.


appApp helps preserve endangered Indigenous language

27 October 2014

In the same way that basic words and phrases are used to help people learn languages for overseas travel, the smartphone app for the Marrithiyel language will start with the development of about 200 words and phrases. Linguists working on the project estimate that less than a hundred people in the Daly River region can speak the Marrithiyel language. They're hoping the smartphone app will help reach young people who only have a limited understanding.

Read the full story at SBS news.


Jan SalmonDarwin’s hinterland development bucks national experience

6 October 2014

The transformation of Darwin’s hinterland during the past 70 years into a shire of more than 20,000 people is unique for an Australian capital city.

Charles Darwin University researcher Jan Salmon has mapped the development of Darwin’s hinterland (Litchfield Shire) using GIS software as part of her research entitled “Drivers of change in Darwin’s hinterland”. With more than 20 years’ experience as a town planner, Ms Salmon moved to the NT nine years ago. Last year she joined CDU’s Northern Institute as a research associate after completing her Masters degree.

“Darwin’s hinterland displays a complex mixture of rural living, a multi-million-dollar horticulture industry, conservation and water catchment protection areas, and Aboriginal lands,” Ms Salmon said.


Dr Tom Brewer Community asked to map Darwin Harbour’s future

6 October 2014

Darwin residents have begun responding to an innovative survey designed to gather data on their favourite places around the harbour.

Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute researcher Dr Tom Brewer said the first results had just started to filter in. “It’s early days at the moment, but results are starting to come in and the data is being entered,” Dr Brewer said.

Some 2000 survey packs were randomly distributed to residents in the Darwin catchment area last month, asking them to nominate their favourite places around the harbour. The packs contained a survey, a satellite map of the harbour and list of values, and a set of stickers.


Dr Andrew Taylor Population projections help reveal NT’s future

5 August 2014

The proportion of Territorians aged 65 years and over is projected to more than double by 2041.

Northern Institute researchers at CDU have been working with the Northern Territory Department of Treasury and Finance to develop population projections for the NT and its regions. The projections map the changing population for the Territory to the year 2041 and indicate future growth in the demands for services and infrastructure.

Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow, Dr Andrew Taylor said that population change fluctuated greatly in the Northern Territory with high rates of growth very dependent on major construction projects.

“Based on historical evidence and anticipated trends, we anticipate long-term growth to continue at around 1.5 per cent a year, which would see the Territory’s population reach about 360,000 by 2041,” he said.


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