NI News

Prof Barry Judd article

Just published: Kapi Wiya: Water insecurity and aqua-nullius in remote inland Aboriginal Australia

14 January 2019

An article by Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, CDU and NI Professor in Indigenous Social Research, Professor Barry Judd.

Abstract: Water has been a critical resource for Anangu peoples across the remote inland for millennia, underpinning their ability to live in low rainfall environments. Anangu bio-cultural knowledge of kapi (water) developed in complex ways that enabled this resource to be found. This paper provides a brief insight into how kapi has become devalued in the context of contemporary remote communities with particular reference to my area of expertise – Aboriginal identity, well-being and Australian sports.

Read the article HERE

Construction Waste Reduction Australia-India collaborative workshop

1st Construction Waste Reduction: Australia-India collaborative workshop

09 January 2019

Construction Waste Reduction: Australia-India collaborative workshop was held on 9-11 January 2019 in New Delhi, India

This is a DFAT funded collaboration between Charles Darwin University, University of Melbourne and Energy and Resources Institute, India (TERI) to host workshops on managing construction and demolition waste in India and Australia. The next workshop will be held in Darwin, Australia on 24-26 April 2019.

The keynote speaker was Dr Timothy Kendall, Economic Counsellor, Australian High Commission in India. View the pics and share on Facebook

Ganesh Koramannil

Research Highlights in Education and Science 2018

01 January 2019

The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Lecturer and NI PhD student, Ganesh Koramannil has had a chapter published in “Research Highlights in Education and Science 2018”. The book is published by The International Society for Research in Education and Science (ISRES).

The chapter title is “ Reading Between Lines and Going Beyond the Data – Towards a Qualitative Outlook for Quantitative Findings: A Second Reading of the Report ‘Completing University in a Growing Sector: is Equity an Issue?’”.

Read the full article HERE

NI PhD student Thi Tam Duong

PhD student Tam gets published  

13 December 2018

NI PhD student Thi Tam Duong (pictured) has just had a chapter published online as part of her study on Vietnamese farmers’ perceptions of biosecurity threats in Australia. Tam's work involved surveying 101 Vietnamese farmers across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Co-authors include NI researcher Dr Kerstin Zander as well as Tom Brewer and Jo Luck. Research article highlights:

  • Biosecurity threats were perceived as one of key agricultural risks (43%).
  • Farmers' perceptions of biosecurity threats were explored in four main dimensions of their life.
  • Belief, information, trust and risk experience had positive influence on farmers’ perceptions of biosecurity threats.
  • English levels were found to have negative influence on farmers' perceptions of biosecurity threats.

To read the full article go to:

Dr Kate Golebiwska

Researcher represents NT on population committee

12 December 2018

NI researcher Dr Kate Golebiowska has been voted in as a committee member and the Northern Territory representative at the Australian Population Association Council for 2019-2020. The Australian Population Association (APA) is Australia’s leading professional association for demographers and has been running for nearly 40 years. The main aims of the APA are

  • To encourage the exchange of information between individuals and organisations in population and related fields
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of population issues
  • To promote population research and education particularly in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

Congratulations Kate and good luck with your 2-year tenure with APA. You can read more about the APA and the work they do on their website -

CDU library open access award

2018 CDU Library Open Access Award goes to NI Demographer

11 December 2018

Congratulations to Dr Tom Wilson of the Northern Institute for winning the 2018 CDU Library Open Access (OA) Award. The award was for establishing the journal, Australian Population Studies, as a truly open access initiative. Open Access refers to research outputs which are distributed online and free of cost or other barriers. The Australian Population Studies journal was officially launched in November 2017 and the editorial team has recently produced its third issue.

Read the full story HERE

Professor Michael Christie’s keynote at the recent TopEndSTS SymposiumKeynote now available online

06 December 2018

Professor Michael Christie’s keynote at the recent TopEndSTS Symposium ‘Languages and Yolŋu Ground Up research: The metaphysics of translating and interpreting’ is now uploaded to our Vimeo channel.

View the presentation here

Find out more about TopEndSTS here

Dr Kishor Sharma

New 'Economic Analysis and Policy' Journal article 

05 December 2018

A new paper by Professor Kishor Sharma and colleagues 'Trends, patterns and determinants of production sharing in Australian manufacturing' is featured in the 'Economic Analysis and Policy' Journal this month.

You can read the full article and download it HERE


Migrants looking for workNI researchers update 'Migrants looking for work' guide

05 December 2018

NI researchers Dr Kate Golebiowski, Alicia Boyle & Dr Benxiang Zeng (Alice Springs) from our Regional, Economic & Workforce Development team are proud to announce the latest version of ‘Migrants looking for work’.

This work is commissioned by the NTG's Department of Territory Families, Office of Multicultural Affairs. The 86-page employment guide for migrants and is now available online HERE

Prof Steven BirdKeeping Indigenous languages strong with mobile technologies

05 December 2018

The Australian Research Council has awarded Charles Darwin University (CDU) a $322,500 Discovery Grant to explore the use of mobile technologies to support Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together, and learning each other's languages in the process. Northern Institute linguist and computer scientist, Professor Steven Bird received the three-year grant in the latest funding round.

Professor Bird has already explored the use of mobile devices in his preliminary work to learn and teach Kunwinjku, the main language spoken in the West Arnhem region. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Christman treeBe nice and give this Christmas

04 December 2018

Not sure if you've been naughty or nice? Do something nice and help a Territory kid have a happy Christmas!

Once again Northern Institute are helping our friends at the CDU Office of People and Capability to collect presents for the Salvos to give to some less fortunate Territory kids to enjoy this Christmas. This year we are focussing on the age group 11-16 years.If you'd like to give - please leave your new (unwrapped) gift under the Northern Institute Christmas Tree (CDU Yellow 1 Level 2) by COB Monday 17 December.

For ideas on what to give click HERE


Dr Linda FordNew Australian Journal of Education Paper

04 December 2018

‘Re-imaging Aboriginal leadership in higher education – A new Indigenous research paradigm’

This new Australian Journal of Education Paper was a collaboration with many Northern Institute researchers contributing and lead by Dr Linda Payi Ford.

Read the paper HERE

Citrus cankerCDU creates citrus canker alert videos 

03 December 2018

The Northern Institute at CDU has produced three videos in English, Creole and Yolngu Matha to help spread the word about citrus canker eradication in the bush.

Citrus canker is not harmful to humans or animals but is highly contagious. It affects the quality and quantity of citrus fruit produced, and the ability of citrus growers to sell their produce interstate and internationally.

Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Dr Linda Ford said eradication messages had been translated into Top End Indigenous languages, so the messages are explained directly to community members. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Dr Judith Lovel

Special edition journal now online 

3 December 2018

A journal that explores the practice of developing ethical relationships in Central Australia’s complex research environment has been launched in Alice Springs.

Co-editor and Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr Judith Lovell said the inspiration for the special edition of the Learning Communities journal was the 2017 Knowledge Intersections symposium, where researchers from throughout the Red Centre gathered to explore the concept of “crossings”. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

Gotha receives award on country Gotha receives award on country 

3 December 2018

Northern Institute’s Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka made the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2018 and was recently officially appointed a Member of the Order of Australia by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM.  

For the first time, the Investiture ceremony was held on Gäwa, Elcho Island, which is Gotha’s country. Read the CDU E-news story HERE

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New ‘Working Paper’ Published

27 November 2018

In the ‘Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey’ of 2017- 61.6% responded ‘Yes’. The working paper ‘The geography of Australia’s Marriage Law Postal Survey outcome’ explores the geographical pattern of ‘Yes’ voters. It was written by Northern Institute Demographers Dr Tom Wilson & Fiona Shalley with Francisco Perales from the University of Queensland. Read the paper HERE


VC's awards

CONGRATS to NI staff for their nominations & wins at the CDU Vice Chancellors Awards for Exception Performance today!

26 November 2018

NOMINATED for Exception Performance by Professional Staff Team: CIFAS Administration Team (which includes the Northern Institute Research Support Service team)
In recognition of unfaltering and innovative research and administration services, demonstrating resilience, adaptation and cooperation.

NOMINATED for Exceptional Research Team: NI's Realist Research Evaluation & Learning Initiative Team
In recognition of national and international leadership in evaluation research and methodology AND their outstanding success in winning evaluation research grants and tenders.

WINNER of the Exceptional Research Team: NI's Demography & Growth Planning team
In recognition of the application of the team's research to government policy formulation, generating significant revenue and forging a prominent national and international research profile.

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Learning Communities Journal (LCJ) launched

23rd edition of NI’s Learning Communities Journal launched

12 November 2018

The latest edition of the Learning Communities Journal (LCJ): International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts was launched at CDU Alice Springs campus and hosted by the CDU Library on 12 November.

NI's Director, Professor Ruth Wallace formally launched the journal with over 20 people attending. Catering was supplied by 'Kungas can Cook'.

Number 23 of the LCJ is a Special Issue titled: Ethical relationships, ethical research in Aboriginal contexts: Perspectives from central Australia. In this special issue, researchers share the experiences, the challenges, the positions and the reflections of researchers from diverse backgrounds who are working in a range of discipline areas in central Australian Aboriginal research contexts. What emerges from these different perspectives is a map of the ethical terrain across which researchers and research participants traverse, and which will, inform both the academy and those embarking or engaged on journeys across this terrain. This journal is FREE to read online or download HERE

'Australian Population Studies'

New 'Australian Population Studies' journal released

12 November 2018

A new issue of the 'Australian Population Studies' journal (Vol 2.No 2) has just been published.

This journal is FREE to read and download HERE