CRN Events

Upcoming Events

What next? Creative Research Futures and GovernanceCreative research future

Date: Friday 31 July 2015

Time: 12.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Casuarina Campus Building Yellow 1.2.48

Presentations by:

This workshop is an opportunity for a conversation about links between the Ocean Connections/ Laminations Project and the interests of the CDU Governance Group. Professor Paul Carter’s introduction will begin by drawing out some of the implications for re-thinking the concept of the region. He will discuss the idea of a ‘creative region’ and its implications for new governance models that can also incorporate performative and other creative traditions of place-making. The workshop also provides the curtain-raiser to the October 15 Laminations event. Professor Carter’s talk is followed by a roundtable discussion which focuses on the intersections of the works collected in Laminations and the work being done by the Governance Group. This is also an opportunity to showcase current and emerging creative research, and capacity-building oriented research and practice being carried out at Charles Darwin University.

paul carterLaminations by Professor Paul Carter

15 October 2015

The Laminations event will present creative, multi-disciplinary research in a hybrid exhibition-symposium. A number or researcher-artists will present a range of work involving themes of Indigenous Knowledges, Land use and planning, and eco-science’s framing  of and impact on fragile coastal environments.

As part of the three-year CRN project ‘Ocean Connections,’ it will explore the fluid and changing nature of research and promote innovative ways to conduct, present and think about research with the view to building research capacity.

The event will involve multi-media installations of work, presented and launched in a virtual museum called ‘Pearl’.

More details to follow.

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Past events supported by the Northern Research Futures CRN.


Prof Linda RosenmanCRN Writing Workshop with Professor Linda Rosenman

2-6 February 2015 - Darwin

Presenters: Professor Linda Rosenman & Ms Jane Hampson

A 5 day intensive workshop to assist Early Career Researcher’s & HDR students to develop writing skills and finalise a piece of writing (an article, paper, proposal, thesis or chapter) to a high standard of writing and presentation. The participants will also learn to develop skills in providing and receiving feedback. The intensive workshop provides a focused environment to develop academic writing aligned with the themes of the Northern Research Futures CRN.

The workshop involves group activities, exercises, feedback, and ‘chunks’ of time for writing in the workshop venue where each participant have allocated desk space.


NAD posterCRN Northern Australia Development Conference: A Northern Perspective

25 & 27 November 2014 - Darwin & Canberra

The conference will showcase the work that have been developed over the years through the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network; it will address public dialogue that underpins robust and flexible planning and policy frameworks around the future of Northern Australia. 

Areas to be addressed include social infrastructure, governance systems, economic, business and regional development, the roles and trends of demography, and migration in the region. 

Pat BazeleyQualitative Research and Advanced N-Vivo Workshops

13 - 17 October 2014

Presenter: Dr Pat Bazeley

Analysis of qualitative data can be significantly enhanced through use of computer software which provides tools to assist the process. NVivo, from QSR International, provides tools that allow researchers to work in diverse and effective ways with their data:

  • managing a variety of text and visual data sources and ideas and information derived from those sources using coding and linking strategies;
  • searching data to locate passages of interest or explore expressions of interest;
  • recording developing ideas and understanding of the data in memos and models;querying the data, and coding based on the data, to explore patterns or test emerging ideas;
  • linking qualitative with quantitative data.

Philip GreenPPP Seminar: Singapore as a partner in the development of Northern Australia : capital, project management, Asian market intelligence and Singapore as a logistics and distribution hub

4 July 2014

Presenter: His Excellency Mr Philip Green OAM, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore.

Based on his experience, working in Singapore for the past 18 months, High Commissioner Green will explain how he believes that Asian partners, and in particular Singapore, can contribute to the development of Northern Australia.  He will discuss the intensifying complementarities between the Singapore and Australian economies, and the growing opportunities in agribusiness, energy and tourism in particular.

Asylum seeker posterResourceful Refugees - Asylum Seeker Symposium

13 June 2014

'RESOURCEFUL REFUGEES: Unlocking the potential to contribute to Northern Australian Development' covered topics including what refugees bring to our economy; ways Northern Australia can become more productive through the engagement of refugees; and the value of refugees to the Northern Australian agenda.

Hear expert views on:

  • Where refugees fit in the Northern Australian agenda
  • Ways refugees can contribute to Northern Australian Development
  • How refugee engagement can grow your business in Northern Australia
  • The program includes a Q&A with a panel of experts

cat1 wshop picARC NRF Category 1 Workshop: Preparing a Successful Grant Application

7 - 9 May 2014

Presenters: Prof Linda Rosenman, Prof Lawrence Cram & A/Prof Tess Lea

Facilitated hands on workshop to engage in the process of developing Cat1 Grant proposals.

  • Developing  and conceptualising the research program and identifying research projects
  • Articulating theoretical and practical importance : why it matters
  • Identifying appropriate and achievable Funding opportunities
  • Building research teams and research partnerships
  • Identifying, “pitching” and working with industry partners and avoiding the pitfalls
  • Issues with industry :from pragmatic and local to theoretically important and international
  • Developing  track record and presenting it “relative to opportunity”
  • Writing a good  proposals

jo garnerPhilanthropic Writing Workshop

15 April 2014

Presenter: Jo Garner

Target audience: 20-25 Researchers who will in the future be preparing grant proposals to philanthropic funders. 

The half day workshop will focus on:

  • The grants landscape – who are the funders, what are their expectations, review of different guidelines and examples of research projects that have received philanthropic funding. This will also include samples of feedback from funders.
  • Ensuring your project is “grant ready”. We will go through a project information template that contains key headings that researchers should be able to respond to, when applying for philanthropic funding. If there is missing information, the project is not grant ready (and may not be suitable for grant funding).
  • Writing a strong application. We will go through general writing rules and look at samples of different research funding application forms from philanthropic funders.

paul carterPPP Seminar: Local Knowledge: The trickle-up effect to regional governance

19 February 2014

Presenter: Professor Paul Carter

This seminar draws upon the local knowledge/Ocean Connections capacity building project that Professor Carter is developing at the Northern Institute. Fitting into the “people/policy/place” research interests of the Northern Institute, this paper considers local knowledge and regional governance in relation to a larger project of mapping archipelagic networks between ecological science, regional design and indigenous approaches to knowledge-making.


paper blitzThe Paper Blitz Writing Workshop

18 – 29 November 2013

There are too many draft manuscripts sitting on desktops, taking up space in minds, taking up space on hard drives, undermining track records, restricting funding success and generally ruining morale.

The Paper Blitz will address this curse by uniting you with researchers, who are sitting on their own unfinished manuscripts, for a productive & supportive two-week journey of intensive writing.

The challenge for you will be to take a draft paper from half-baked to submitted in 10 days. The CRN will also fund the submission of manuscripts to an external editing service, rather than directly to a journal, on the proviso that the work is then submitted for publication.

urban northURBAN NORTH: Dreams and Realities Symposium

9 October 2013

Settlement in remote regions has posed challenges for policy makers, the companies that operate in these areas and the people who make their homes there. Remoteness from services taken for granted in larger urban areas, high living costs, harsh environments, limited employment and education opportunities and difficulties in attracting private sector investment create barriers for urban development in remote regions.  These barriers create a difficult environment for the long term sustainability of viable urban settlements. One response has been the rapid growth in FIFO employment in mining and other sectors. 

In the longer term factors such as climate change, the end of the mining boom and other potential disruptions such as the slowing of growth in Asia will pose a new group of challenges. The response of the public sector to these issues will have an enormous influence on the attractiveness or otherwise of life in remote areas and how urban settlement patterns evolve to meet these challenges. 

The symposium will consider these issues and explore how remote settlements in other countries have met these challenges. Case studies from Russia, Canada and Australia will examine issues such as making remote settlement economies work, entrepreneurship, FIFO vs residential populations, developing sustainable services in small towns and the challenge of climate change. Issues related to indigenous settlements and long run sustainability will also be examined.

evaluation northern contextsEvaluation in Northern Contexts’ Symposium

8 October 2013

Targeted for early/ emerging evaluators:

  • Commissioning an evaluation
  • Responding to evaluation tenders
  • Designing evaluations
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Reporting findings

Targeted for experienced evaluators:

  • Cross-cultural issues in evaluation
  • Complex evaluation issues
  • Attribution issues
  • Strategic evaluation versus program evaluation

NACSNorthern Australia Coastal Science Symposium: looking back to look forward

3-4 September 2013

This symposium will acquaint new and established researchers with current capabilities and coastal science activities of CDU and AIMS relevant to Northern Australia. In doing so, the symposium will provide a valuable forum for discussion of the past and future of integrated coastal science in Northern Australia, further strengthening links between CDU and AIMS. Speakers will be challenged to reflect on the evolution of their fields and share their vision for inspired, strategic research in the North.

The symposium will run 3rd – 4th September 2013 at the CDU Casuarina campus and the ATRF and AIMS facilities in Darwin, with a day and a half of themed sessions and break-out discussions. Sessions will comprise a mix of keynote presentation (25 mins incl. questions; indicated in bold in following program) and briefer updates from researchers working on current projects (15 mins incl. questions).

governance symposiumGovernance Symposium: Knowledge, Governance, and Organization Management through Objects

28 - 30 August 2013

  • Presentation by Professor Helen Verran, titled ‘Objects of Governance as our Familiars’, on 28 August.
  • Presentation by Professor Tess Lea, titled ‘Hugh Wason Byers and Me: Describing policy worldings through doing theory lite’, on 29 August.
  • Presentation by Professor Elizabeth Povinelli, titled ‘Geontologies: Being, belonging, and obligating as forms of truth-making’, on 30 August.

governance wshopKnowledge, Governance, and Organization Management through Objects: Writing workshop expanding our capacity to attend to objects of governance for Natural and Social Scientists

28 - 30 August 2013

The contention at the core of this workshop is that promoting ground-up approaches to policy where the knowledge work of devising an evidence base is not separate from policy work, requires expansions of our view – away from both a narrow natural focus, and a partial social focus. We propose that a way to begin that work is offered by undertaking either reflective or ethnographic writing. Nurturing our capacities for careful narrative writing is increasingly being recognised as crucial in generative ground-up policy engagement.

This workshop is set to run for four months with an intensive during the last week of August which will offer opportunity for reading and talking.  In addition the workshop will offer support for personal writing development before, during, and after the intensive.

defending ausDefending Australia: The US military presence in northern Australia

23 August 2013

Keynote: The Hon Malcolm Fraser AC, Prime Minister of Australia 1975-1983

Special guest speakers:

  • The Hon. Dave Tollner, Minister for Defence Liaison and Defence Industry SupportProfessor
  • Richard Tanter, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability
  • Dr Tom Lewis, Darwin Military Museum

The US Military has been extending their presence in Darwin from a 200 strong company of Marines in 2012 to a full Marine Air Ground Task Force of 2500 soldiers by 2016, as part of the enhanced Australia-US defence cooperation announced by the Prime Minister and President of the United States in November 2012.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together a range of views on the deployment and to open up a conversationabout the US presence in Northern Australia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to take part in a Q&A with a panel of keynotes and speakers.

reframing refugeesAsylum Seeker Symposium 2013: Reframing Refugees

14 June 2013

‘Reframing Refugees’ brought to you by The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, in partnership with the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory.

‘Reframing Refugees’ is the second in our Asylum Seeker Symposium Series. The 2012 symposium, ‘All in the same boat’, successfully challenged commonly held stereotypes about asylum seekers and refugees.

The Northern Institute hopes this second symposium will serve to refocus community attention on this important issue for not just Australia but for the entire region.

tom griffiths‘Writing non-fiction’ Writers’ Workshop

12 – 13 June 2013

Presenter: Professor Tom Griffiths

What does it feel like to write? What are the sources of good writing? And what do we need to do to make writing a significant and meaningful part of our scholarly lives?

This workshop is designed to assist postgraduate students who are completing theses and Early Career Researchers – but anyone who is writing non-fiction is welcome!

The workshop aims to be friendly, informal and constructive.

paul carter

PPP Seminar: Filtering the Tides: an introduction to ‘Ocean Connections’, a new region leadership, care and design project

12 April 2013

Presenter: Professor Paul Carter

The rapid and unequal development of Australia’s northern coastlines raises social, environmental and legal issues. Informed regional governance capacity is essential to the preservation of unique cultural and environmental ecologies. In the context of rapidly changing economic opportunities and strategic priorities, the Northern Territory is under pressure to reconnect to its oceanic neighbourhood, and to design the interfaces that will optimize sometimes conflicting goals of biodiversity, employment, amenity and sustainability.


kathy robinsonWriters’ Workshop with Professor Kathryn Robinson

22 -26 October 2012

This is a 5 day ‘live-in’ workshop and is intended to further develop writing skills in Early Career Researcher’s & PhD students to assist them in finalising a piece of writing (an article, paper, thesis or chapter) to a high standard of writing and presentation. They will develop skills in giving and receiving feedback.

The workshops will run from Monday 22 October until Friday 26 October and involves group activities, exercises, feedback, and ‘chunks’ of time for writing in the workshop venue where each participant will have desk space. Participants should work on a section/chapter of the thesis and bring with them the materials they need (notes, references, drafts) to work on during the week.


12 October 2012

Increasing educational participation and outcomes for people who are geographically and/or socially disadvantaged.

Learning from the University of Canberra-led ‘Entry pathways to enhance regional participation in higher education’ project and from the NCVER-published Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY).

Presentation by Barbara Cram, titled ‘A community engagement approach to designing educational pathways’.

Presentation by Dr Sinan Gemici, titled ‘Young people’s outcomes from VET: What have we learnt from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth?’

all in the same boatAsylum Seeker Symposium 2012: All in the same boat

7 September 2012

Session one

  • Professor Riaz Hassan - Life as a Weapon: Making Sense of Suicide Bombing.
  • Associate Professor Jane Haggis - When does a refugee stop being a refugee?

Session two - Setting the Legal Scene

  • Jeswynn Yogaratnam - An overview of human rights legislation and Australian legislation pertaining to asylum seekers and refugees

Session three - An Asylum Seekers view

  • Kazim Darwish and Justine Davis (Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network)

Session four - Keynote presentation

  • Senator Trish Crossin - The Senate Enquiry into Detention Centres

Session five - Expert panel Q&A

Facilitator: Kate O'Toole (ABC Radio Darwin)

Panel members:

  • Senator Trish Crossin
  • Dr Catherine Koerner
  • Associate Professor Jane Haggis
  • Kazim Darwish
  • Jeswynn Yogaratnam
  • Justine Davis (DASSAN)

john dean andrewChasing 30 000 People: Future Directions in Alice Springs

9 August 2012

Over the past two months, a range of new social and demographic data about Alice Springs has come in to the public domain. The data are headlined by ‘first release’ results from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Demographic researchers from Charles Darwin University and Flinders University have been working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Collaborative Research Network and Poche Centre for Indigenous Health to paint a picture of what this data might mean in the context of some of the ‘big issues’ confronting Alice Springs –

  • Population growth and ageing;
  • Housing availability and affordability;
  • Economic change, and the decline of the tourism sector;
  • Competition for skilled and professional labour;
  • Social inclusion, wellbeing, and relationships between long term and new residents.

bruce prideauxPPP Seminar: ‘Bridging the Gap between Academic Research and Industry Research Needs’

10 July 2012

Presenter: Professor Bruce Prideaux

The aim of this seminar is to examine mechanisms for bridging the gap between academic research and the research needs of industry. Researchers often call on industry and the public for help in data collection but rarely feed results back in a form that is able to be understood by the public and industry.

The pressures of promotion and peer review, the current rewards systems for research output and other university related agendas often see research results limited solely to the academic literature. Results captured in this form of publications are often not accessible to the public and in many cases are so infused with the jargon of academic speak that non-academic readers have difficulty distilling results.

Lawrence CramPPP Seminar: ‘Mobilising Disciplinary Research’

6 June 2012

Presenter: Professor Lawrence Cram

There are people charged with responsibilities to address important problems of society. Sometimes these people are aware of the valuable contributions that academic research could make to their task, but find it difficult to mobilise the resource. Academic research is organised in disciplines, and it is never an easy undertaking to apply a cluster of disciplines to address an important problem.

This seminar will discuss some of the characteristics of different disciplines that inhibit mobilisation, and open a discussion about ways to integrate knowledge in support of successful implementation of change.

Lawrence CramProfessor Lawrence Cram Research Development Workshops at CDU

 4 - 8 June 2012

Professor Cram, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) ANU, will conduct 2 x 2 hour workshops on ARC Discovery and Linkage grant writing, as well as one-on-one ‘clinics’ with potential ARC applicants. He will meet with CDU environmental researchers to discuss perceived difficulties for environmental research to be funded by ARC. He will also be meeting with social scientists (particularly early career researchers and HDR students) to support the development of ARC applications that meet national standards. These workshops significantly extend the capacity of CDU to support researchers in National Competitive Grant schemes.

Bill MitchellPPP Seminar: ‘Creating effective employment opportunities in regional Australia’

8 February 2012

Presenter: Professor Bill Mitchell

Australian regions face many challenges and at present regional policy development is not in a sufficiently coherent state to address these challenges. In the labour market, we see evidence of skill shortages being coincident with pools of underutilised labour and diminishing job opportunities for workers. In particular, there is now a dearth of employment opportunities for our youth.

There is a need to develop a new approach to regional development that is embedded in a viable macroeconomic framework that acknowledges that the fiscal and monetary policy settings should deliver macroeconomic stability - that is, full employment and price stability - but at the same time complement regional development strategies that are sustainable in social, economic and environmental terms. The aim of regional policy is to ensure that communities throughout Australia have access to the economic and social infrastructure necessary to facilitate full participation and promote wellbeing.

Such a new regional employment framework should emphasise increased public sector infrastructure spending, the implementation of a National Skills Development framework and the acceptance that job creation and training initiatives go together. This integrated policy framework would provide more effective ways to assist disadvantaged individuals into employment and advance sustainable solutions to persistent unemployment across regional Australia with constraining private entrepreneurial initiatives.