A Northern Perspective: Northern Australian Development Conference 2014 - Darwin

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Professor Simon Maddocks

Professor Simon Maddocks is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University. He was formerly with the Department of Primary Industries & Regions, South Australian Research and Development Institute (2003-2014), most recently as Director Science Partnerships. Before that Professor Maddocks worked at the University of Adelaide (1990-2002) where he was Director, Roseworthy Campus and Professor of Animal Science. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and a PhD in Reproductive Physiology and Immunology, and was the 1987 recipient of the prestigious Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Medicine, the first non-medical graduate to receive this award. He has taught in both the TAFE and Higher Education sectors, and has established an international research reputation in agricultural and biomedical science.

Professor Ruth Wallace

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.

Luke Bowen

Luke Bowen

Luke was born and raised on a mixed farm in Western Australia, educated in Perth and studied agriculture at Curtin University. He spent time working in the agriculture sector across Western Australia and overseas before taking a role as a sales and marketing executive in the building and construction industries. Luke then spent 11 years with an Australian Government statutory authority working across Australia on land management and pastoral development on Indigenous land. Prior to joining the Northern Territory Government, Luke was the Executive Director of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association from 2008 to 2014. Luke was appointed as General Manager, Northern Australia Development Office, in July 2014.

Professor Rolf Gerritsen

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.

Professor Bruce Prideaux

Prof. Bruce Prideaux holds the position of Professor - Marketing & Tourism within the None at James Cook University (JCU) on the Cairns campus. He also holds the position of North Queensland Network Coordinator at Sustainable Tourism CRC. Bruce's research interests are primarily in Tourism destination development, Tourism transport, Tourism crisis management, Heritage, Local tourism impacts. He has a Ph.D from the University of Queensland, a M. Ec (Regional Planning) from the James Cook University, a BA from The University of Queensland and a B.Ec (Social Science) from the James Cook University.

Professor Linda Rosenmann

Professor Rosenman has been Senior Research Leader in the Northern institute at CDU since March 2014. She is involved with research development with a particular focus on early career researchers and higher degree students. She is former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at Victoria University in Melbourne and holds Honorary Professorships at the University of Queensland, Macquarie and Victoria Universities. She was Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri before returning to Australia in 1987 as Head of School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Queensland where she subsequently served as President of the University of Queensland Academic Board, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Linda has a PhD in Economics and Social Work from Washington University St Louis with extensive experience in research, both in the United States and Australia.

Ms Alicia Boyle

Ms Alicia Boyle has worked in VET/TAFE/HE education, training, management and research for 30 years. She has been in Darwin with Charles Darwin University since 1999 and was the Education Coordinator for the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre for seven years. Alicia was the Chair of the Central Australian Education and Training Network (CAETN) for over eight years and works extensively in applied research with key interests in education, technology for learning and workforce planning and development, in regional and remote areas.

Kate Golebiowska

Dr Kate Golebiowska is a social scientist with a doctorate in public policy from the Australian National University (2007) and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Warsaw, Poland (2000). She has long been fascinated by international migration and her location in Darwin has contributed to the regional focus of her work. She has been involved in projects dealing with other policy issues such as workforce mobility, social impacts of gambling, the Third Sector and social enterprise.

Professor Allan Dale

Prof 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.

Dr Elspeth Oppermann

Dr Elspeth Oppermann's background is in human geography, political theory and security studies, and Southeast Asian history and politics. Her primary focus is on exploring governance and adaptation in northern Australia, particularly with regard to extreme weather and environmental change. Elspeth enjoy exploring political and social theorizations of security and adaptation through the investigation of daily practices, and am particularly interested in the insights that 'everyday' 'lived-experience' can provide for understanding how social adaptation and transformations occur.

Dr Chris O'Brien

Dr Chris O'Brien is a Historian and Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network (CRN), based at the Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) and he Northern Institute (NI), Charles Darwin University (CDU); as well as ANU's North Australia Research Unit (NARU). Chris is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Environmental History and the History Department at ANU. On July 13 2012 Chris was awarded a PhD in History from ANU for his thesis A Clockwork Climate: An Atmospheric History of Northern Australia. Prior to his PhD Chris gained a first class honours degree in History from the University of Sydney.

Dr Sharon Harwood

Dr. Sharon Harwood is a Lecturer at James Cook University Cairns. Sharon is a Certified Practicing Planner and a Corporate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and continues to practice as a social and urban planner. Sharon currently lectures in Environmental and Regional Planning, Planning for Sustainable Communities and is the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Planning for Indigenous Communities. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of Community based tourism in remote places form the Charles Darwin University, a MTURP of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning from the James Cook University and a Bachelor's Degree of Leisure Studies from the Griffith University.

Dr (Payi) Linda Ford

Dr Linda Ford

Payi Linda Ford is a Koonie Koonie for Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman, whose country is Kurrindju in the Finniss River and Reynold River regions of the Northern Territory. She has been educated in an Aboriginal cultural context of Traditional knowledge and practices growing up with her Traditional mother, uncles, aunts, grand parents and extended family.

Payi has also been educated in mainstream Australian education institution. Payi’s mainstream education has involved a number of schools and universities in various Australian locations. This educational background has given Payi a substantial depth to her understanding of education across both Indigenous and non-Indigenous traditions. Payi has also reached the high point of Western education with a Ph.D. Before joining The Northern Institute Payi worked as a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit at the University of Queensland.

Dr Tom Brewer

Tom is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network (CRN), based at the Northern Institute (NI), Charles Darwin University (CDU); with strong links to the Arafura Timor Research Facility (ATRF) and Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). He was awarded his PhD in 2013 for his work on the Social determinants of the exploitation and management of coral reef resources in Solomon Island. Tom brings the experience gained in his PhD to the Northern Institute to identify what the Darwin Community most values in and around Darwin harbour and develop models on how the changing social, economic, and cultural landscape of Darwin is impacting Darwin harbour, and how this relationship is likely to change in the future.

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 Cram

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.