NI News

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

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...