NI News

Outdoor construction workers fear changing climate

'Heat stress' causing people to leave

09 November 2019

The heat of the Top End's wet season build-up period is always a challenge for business owner George Alexopoulos and his workers. His workforce pours concrete slabs for new houses in Palmerston, 20 kilometres from Darwin's city centre, at dawn.

His family business has spanned two generations and Mr Alexopoulos is now concerned a changing climate could create more difficulty for his workers in an already demanding environment.

Darwin was the only Australian capital city that experienced a population decline in 2017-18 Australian Bureau of Statistics data released earlier this year. Charles Darwin University environmental economist Dr Kerstin Zander's research found heat stress was one reason people chose to leave. Dr Zander said workers who continued to go in and out of air conditioning suffered more than those who work permanently outside, because their bodies did not acclimatise. Full Article HERE

After the climb

After the climb: how new tourism opportunities can empower the traditional owners of Uluru

31 October 2019

Northern Institute’s Professor Barry Judd and Associate Professor Chris Hallinan are two of a team of academics who wrote this article for The Conversation about how an end to climbing Uluru brings new opportunities.

"After the climb: how new tourism opportunities can empower the traditional owners of Uluru"

Congratulations on the article, Barry & Chris!

Read more about Barry and his research HERE
Read more about Chris and his research HERE

Homeland event

Homelands and their future: A perspective from Bäniyala

27 October 2019

Mr Djambawa Marawili AM, and other leaders of the Djalkiripuyngu ('footprint people' from the homelands of Blue Mud Bay) have outlined their vision for homelands in the Blue Mud Bay (Djalkiripuyngu) Development Strategy and Homelands Statement.

Mr Marawili says: ‘In our homelands living on our ancestral Country, we are culturally rich with our inherited language, song, dance, patterns, stories and knowledge of the details of country, animals, seasons, weather patterns and the natural work. We are also materially poor, and our people have levels of serious illness, which are completely unacceptable in a rich country like Australia.

This event was held Thursday, 24 October 2019, 5.00pm – 6.30pm at Northern Institute. Over 50 people attended. This event is proudly hosted by Northern Institute in collaboration with the Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists Aboriginal Corporation (ANKA).

More details and Photographs of the event can be viewed HERE

VIEW the ABC News report about the Homelands and their future

Dr Tracy Woodroffe

Call for Indigenous knowledge in teacher training

15 October 2019

A Charles Darwin University (CDU) PhD candidate has identified the need for teachers to receive specific pre-service training in Indigenous knowledge.

Lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at CDU’s College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Dr Tracy Woodroffe said many new teachers did not know enough about Indigenous people and their culture.

“This goes back to what kids learn at school. The current curriculum doesn’t do a good job of building students’ knowledge about Indigenous history and a worse job at teaching Indigenous culture,” she said. Dr Woodroffe will receive her PhD at a CDU graduation ceremony on 18 October. Read more...


Simon Morris at the 10th Accounting History International Conference

NI PhD student presents research in Paris

10 October 2019

NI PhD student Simon Morris presented a paper at the 10th Accounting History International Conference” hosted by the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), University Paris-Dauphine/PSL in Paris on September 3 - 5, 2019.

His paper is entitled “One size fits all? How international agencies fail fragile states in the assessment of the sustainability and professionalism of accounting professions. Timor-Leste a case study.”

CNAM is a French doctoral degree-granting higher education establishment that was founded on 10 October 1794, during the French Revolution, exactly 225 years ago today on 10 October.

Simon also visited the CNAM library and attended the presentation of SUMMA de arithmetica, geometria, de proportioni et de proportionalita which was written by Luca Pacioli in 1494. This book contains 28 pages on double entry bookkeeping and participants were able to handle an original copy in their Reading Room.

Northern Institute, Associate Professor Linda (Payi) Ford

Researcher to deliver Eric Johnston Lecture

07 October 2019

Prominent researcher from CDU’s Northern Institute, Associate Professor Linda (Payi) Ford will present this year’s Eric Johnston Lecture on Wednesday 23 October at the Library and Archives NT.

The lecture is a flagship event hosted by Library and Archives NT that provides a platform for a significant Territorian to share their reflections and insights on the Territory’s past, present or future.

Dr Ford will also reflect on the influence Eric Johnston had on Indigenous education during his time as Chairperson of the then-Batchelor College. “I was teaching the next generation of teachers during Eric’s time at Batchelor and I will focus on his achievements during this time, many of which have stood the test of time,” Dr Ford said.

The 2019 Eric Johnston Lecture will be held at the Library and Archives NT, Parliament House, Darwin on Wednesday 23 October from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Entry is free but bookings are essential. For more information visit W:
CDU Enews

CDU Innov8

CDU Innov8 connecting business with research and innovation

02 October 2019

Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) research will be showcased during October Business Month’s Innovation Week. Research into smart solutions to construction waste management to advances in DNA technology will feature at CDU’s Innov8 event at its Darwin Waterfront campus next Monday (7 October). Researchers from across the university’s research institutes and colleges will have eight minutes each to present on their work, which will showcase innovation ranging from new ways of thinking to new ways of doing. Read more....

Northern Institute have 2 researchers showcasing their work at CDU's annual Innov8 event next week:
AsPro Payi Linda Ford - Aboriginal Cosmology – What this means for women and gender policy?
Dr Deepika Mathur – Smart Skips: A solution towards constriction waste management

This year’s event will be held on Monday, 7 October at Level Five of CDU’s Waterfront Campus, from 5pm to 8pm.
Light refreshments and entertainment by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra will be provided.
As places are limited, people are encouraged to register early.
For more information about CDU Innov8, including the list of speakers and registration information, visit W:

Smart Skips project award

Smart Skips project wins national award

23 September 2019

The Smart Skips project developed by Charles Darwin University has been hailed for excellence at the Regional Development Conference where it has won the Innovation Award.

Project leader Dr Deepika Mathur, a Research Fellow with CDU’s Northern Institute, said the accolade was richly rewarding for her colleagues in the university’s higher education and VET sectors, as well as associates in industry and local government who had worked together to develop a solution for a real-world issue.

Dr Mathur said a smart skip was a commercial waste bin fitted with electronic sensors that transmit data about the volume and weight of the contents to the building supervisor and the skip operator. “The aim of the project is to improve efficiencies within the construction industry.” “I am most grateful to my colleagues Rolf Gerritsen, Bharani Shanmugam, Sami Azam, Danny Sneddon and Rohan Badenhop for bringing their expertise to the project and working as a team,” she said.

The project was funded by the Australian Government's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia. Full story here