The Northern Institute works with partners from all sectors to explore questions that lead to new knowledge and develop know-how for a stronger social system for Australia. We undertake academic and industry-based or applied research across six key content areas.  We focus with partners from the business, government, not-for-profit and academic sectors who share our mission to help solve the social issues of today for a better Australia tomorrow.

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Key Alliances & Partnerships

Innovative Research Universities

CDU is one of seven members in the Innovative Research Universities network, through which the members direct their expert knowledge, capabilities and resources to enhance the outcomes of higher education. CDU sits alongside Flinders, Griffith, James Cook, La Trobe, Murdoch and Newcastle universities in the network.

Key university partners

Australian National University, Flinders University and James Cook University enjoy an important organisational partnership with CDU, which enables the Northern Institute to enter into specific research relationships, joint projects and the joint supervision of students

Northern Territory Government

The Territory relies on a robust and responsive university to help drive its economic and social development. The Northern Territory Government and CDU Partnership is a formal agreement that is unique for an Australian university and supports education, research, policy and development, and program delivery.

Non-government sector

Across Northern Australia, the non-government sector plays a critical economic and social development role in the governance and service delivery to rural and remote communities. The Northern Institute works collaboratively to deliver research, strategic advice and training to this important sector.

Industry sector

As the communities of Northern Australia prepare for rapid growth in minerals, oil and gas exploration, construction and demographic change, NI is well placed to deliver high quality advice, research and development, as well as short courses training to the sector.

Marine science

The Australian National University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the NT Government and CDU are members of innovative partnership that delivers cooperative research, academic and training activities, and expanded research infrastructure, to ensure sustainable and community development of tropical marine resources.


The North Australian Marine Research Alliance (a Research Collaboration between AIMS, CDU, ANU and NTG) is one example of already established relationships, but others include involvement in two CRC's and ARC collaborations and joint publications and supervision of PhD Students.