A Northern Perspective: Northern Australian Development Conference 2014 - Canberra




Ruth Wallace

Professor Ruth Wallace

Ruth Wallace is the Director of Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory. Ruth has undertaken research into flexible learning, engaged learning and developing effective pedagogy, materials and assessment for marginalised students. Ruth’s particular interests are in research that improves outcomes for Indigenous people, policy and government stakeholders in regional and remote Australia. Ruth’s research focus is in vocational education and training (VET) practice and workforce development in regional and remote contexts. She has extensive experience in innovative delivery of VET programs in regional and remote areas across Northern Australia.

Ruth has a strong relationship and working history with Vocational Education and Training – across regional and remote WA, QLD and NT in VET. Her PhD focuses on the needs of learners in regional areas in relation to education and education systems.

Professor Sharon Bellsbell

Professor Sharon Bell is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University, a Professorial Fellow at the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong. She was Co-convenor of Universities Australia Executive Women (previously AVCC Senior Women's Colloquium) 2005 - 2008.

Professor Bell holds a PhD in the discipline of Anthropology from the University of Sydney, where she gained the skills and experience as a documentary film-maker. She has since worked in diverse senior positions at universities around Australia, most recently as a Professorial Fellow and Senior Program Developer at the LH Martin Institute of the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Robert CostanzaRobert Costanza

Dr. Robert Costanza is a Chair in Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy. Prior to this, he was Distinguished University Professor of Sustainability, in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Dr. Costanza received BA and MA degrees in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences (Systems Ecology with Economics minor) all from the University of Florida.

His awards include a Kellogg National Fellowship, the Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Achievement Award, a Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment, the Kenneth Boulding Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Ecological Economics, and honorary doctorates from Stockholm University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Dr. Costanza is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers and 23 books. His work has been cited in more than 11,000 scientific articles and he has been named as one of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers since 2004. More than 200 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various popular media.

Professor Rolf Gerritsenrolf

Professor Gerritsen is based at CDU Alice Springs campus in the Central Australian Research Group (CARG) of Northern Institute. Rolf Gerritsen has a PhD from ANU (where he later worked for 10 years in the Graduate Program in Public Policy). He has also taught and researched at the UWA and the University of Ghana (Legon). As well as over 20 years in academia, he has been a Ministerial Advisor, a consultant and was Director Social/Economic Policy in the Department of the Chief Minister from 2002-06. Rolf's research interests are primarily in public policy and he has published in several policy fields with an emphasis upon economic policy, Indigenous policy, IGR, local government, natural resource management, policy administration and regional development.

wensingMr Ed Wensing

Mr Ed Wensing FPIA is an urban and regional planner with over 40 years’ experience. His expertise is in understanding the tensions and complexities between land tenure and land use planning and has specialised in researching the impact of customary land rights and interests on conventional land tenure systems and contemporary land use and environmental planning. Ed is currently a PhD Scholar at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the ANU, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, visiting lecturer at James Cook University and the University of Canberra, and holds various positions in private practice.

Professor Matthew GrayProfessor Matthew Gray

Professor Matthew Gray is Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and Director of Research, College of Arts and Social Sciences. He has published research on a wide range of social and economic policy issues including those related to Indigenous Australians. He has particular expertise in work and family issues, labour economics, social capital and social inclusion, measuring wellbeing, the economic consequences of divorce, child support, and social and economic policy development. He has undertaken extensive work on economic policy issues involving Indigenous Australians, including health status, labour market outcomes, poverty and the CDEP scheme.

Professor Gray has undertaken consultancies for a wide range of organisations including the Attorney-General's Department, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, the former Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, OECD, and the New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation.

Professor Allan DaleProf Allan Dale

Allan is a research leader of Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute of James Cook University. He also accesses an international network of research expertise in the governance field, with particularly strong linkages throughout Charles Darwin University, Griffith University and CSIRO. He has both extensive research and policy expertise in governance systems and integrated natural resource management. He is Chair of Regional Development Australian Far North Queensland and Torres Strait. His past research helped inform the policy and investment foundations for the nation’s regional natural resource management system, and he was also responsible for natural resource policy in Queensland Government. Allan has also been the CEO of the Wet Tropics Regional NRM Body before returning to this international research role.

Professor Michael ChristieMIchael Christie

Michael Christie is Professor of Education and heads up the Contemporary Indigenous Governance and Knowledge Systems research theme at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. Professor Michael is a linguist, educator and researcher who has worked with remote communities of the Northern Territory since 1972. He worked in Yolŋu communities as a teacher linguist in the 1970s and 1980s. He then worked with Yolngu elders to establish the Yolngu studies program at Charles Darwin University which won the Prime Minister’s prize for Australia’s best university teaching program in 2005. In 2008 Professor Christie was awarded a National Fellowship by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, where he developed a program for enabling Yolngu elders in remote homeland communities to teach their languages and culture to students around the world using remote digital technologies. He has a Ph.D, "The Classroom World of the Aboriginal Child", University of QLD, M.A, University of New Mexico and a B.Ed, University of Waikato.

Dr Andrew Taylortaylor

Dr Andrew Taylor is a heads Demography and Growth Planning research at Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University. Andrew’s research focuses on understanding population change in the Northern Territory and northern regions more broadly. He undertakes formal demographic modelling with a particular interest in the relationships between changing populations and the economy. His Doctoral thesis investigated policy and theoretical implications from changing migration practices for Indigenous Territorians, while his Masters thesis examined the marketplace for tourism informatics with a view to improving the statistical literacy of rural and regional tourism businesses and organisations.


Professor Jon AltmanProfessor Jon Altman

Professor Jon Altman is an Emeritus Research Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), Research School of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Social Sciences, the Australian National University. Professor Jon Altman has a disciplinary background in economics and anthropology, and was the Foundation Director of CAEPR from April 1990 to April 2010. Since 2001 he has also been an adjunct Professorial Fellow at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. In 2003, Professor Altman was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He held an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship between 2008 and 2013 focusing his research efforts on the project 'Hybrid Economic Futures for Remote Indigenous Australia'. In October 2012, Professor Altman was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand; and in 2013 took up a Visiting Research Fellowship with the Native Title Research Unit at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, where he has been a member since 1978.

Professor Altman’s interest over the past 35 years as a university-based research academic has been on appropriate forms of Indigenous economic development, taking into account the diversity of postcolonial circumstances and heterogeneity of opportunity; much of his primary research has been in regional and remote Australia.

READ A White Paper for Black Australia: Developing Whose Northern Australia, For Whom? by Jon Altman

Professor Andrew Campbell

Professor Andrew Campbell is Head of the School of Environment, Director of the Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods and Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. He was previously Managing Director of Triple Helix Consulting Pty Ltd, a consultancy working at the interface between science and policy around climate, water, energy and food systems and the interactions between them. Andrew was the Executive Director (CEO) of Land & Water Australia for seven years to 2006. He was instrumental in the development of Landcare in Australia and has written widely on sustainability issues. He has professional training in forest science and knowledge systems from the University of Melbourne and Wageningen Agricultural University in The Netherlands. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors and Chair of the Board of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.

Professor Lawrence Cramcram

Professor Cram is the Pro Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. Professor Cram is a highly regarded university leader, researcher and teacher with extensive experience in the fields of engineering, mathematics, astronomy, physics and computing and he has extensive experience in public sector research management and public policy. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at ANU from 2004 to 2012. Before joining ANU, Professor Cram was Professor of Physics (Astrophysics) at the University of Sydney for 17 years. He has worked as an astronomer in the USA, Germany and France. Professor Cram has extensive experience in public sector research management and public policy, having worked for three years as Executive Director in the Australian Research Council. He has been involved in the successful commercialisation of research at CSIRO, the University of Sydney and ANU. Professor Cram is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Physics, and the Royal Astronomical Society.