NI News

Post-study work right article by George Tan 7 LyTran

Post-study work rights the key to attracting international students

30 July 2020

Campus Review article authored by NI Demography researcher Dr George Tan and Professor Ly Tran of Deakin University.

Read it here:

George Tan

Australia’s graduate work visa scheme attracts international students to our universities. Is it enough?

30 July 2020

The Australian government recently announced it will resume granting visas to international students in a move to push forward with international education. This means when borders reopen, many students will already have visas to come to Australia. Read more

This article is authored by our new Demography researcher Dr George Tan and Professor Ly Tran of Deakin University.

Deepika Mathur - Solar panel article

Researcher highlights Outback solar panel threat

21 July 2020

A Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher in Alice Springs has warned that urgent action needs to be taken to minimise the environmental threat posed by thousands of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that will be decommissioned in the next few years.

CDU’s Northern Institute Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur said the “End-of-Life Management of Solar PV Panels” project was the first attempt to address the waste management issue in remote Australia, where vast distances and the absence of economies of scale added complexity to finding solutions.

“There’s a perception that everything made can be recycled, but it’s just not that easy. Solar panels were not made to be unmade,” Dr Mathur said. CDU Newsroom Article

Joy Bulkanhawuy and Brenda Muthamuluwuy

Yolŋu short courses to teach Matha (language) and Rom (culture)

16 July 2020

People wishing to learn or expand their knowledge of the north-east Arnhem Land language of Yolŋu can now enrol in a series of short courses at Charles Darwin University.

The six-week micro-credential course is offered at an introductory or intermediate level.

Students will have the opportunity to explore Yolŋu language and culture under the guidance and supervision of Yolŋu elders and lecturers Brenda Muthamuluwuy and Joy Bulkanhawuy, who are from Galiwinku. For more information and postgraduate courses on offer, visit HERE

Aspro Kerstin Zander

Charles Darwin University researchers have contributed to an international call for 30% of the planet to be protected to address the alarming collapse of the natural world.

Professor Stephen Garnett and Associate Professor Kerstin Zander have lent their voices and research to a huge collective effort to inform the most comprehensive report to date on the economic implications of protecting nature.

The report, which brought together more than 100 economists and scientists, found that the global economy would benefit from the establishment of far more protected areas on land and at sea than exist today. Read the full story

Andrew Taylor Radio Interview

Has the NT population increased by 4000 since March?

15 July 2020

Our Demography expert Associate Professor Andrew Taylor talks to Rick Hind on ABC Darwin radio (105.7) about who is coming into the Territory & who is leaving. Listen here:  


NI researcher Dr Rachel GroomRadio Interview with NI researcher Dr Rachel Groom

08 July 2020

NI researcher Dr Rachel Groom (top left) talks to Rebecca McLaren on ABC Darwin radio 'Drivetime' about the tricky business of dugong research in the Territory with the li-Anthawirriyarra Rangers.

Listen here (9 mins - scroll to 1:38:30)

New Publication Kerstin Zander and Nanda BudhathokiHeat, cold, and floods: exploring farmers’ motivations to adapt to extreme weather events in the Terai region of Nepal. Nat Hazards (2020)

08 July 2020

An article by Nanda Kaji Budhathoki (PhD student, Northern Institute, CDU), Douglas Paton (CDU)
Jonatan A. Lassa (CDU), Gopal Datt Bhatta (Research and Reporting Unit, The City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada), & Kerstin K. Zander (Northern Institute, CDU).

Read the paper:

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AU 0:02 / 14:25 li-Maramaranja - Dugong Hunters of Excellence

li-Maramaranja - Dugong Hunters of Excellence

01 July 2020

"There's crocs, there's sharks, there's jellies" come dugong wranging with the li-Anthawirriyarra rangers (14.25mins)

Yanyuwa Sea Country is the dugong capital of the Northern Territory. This short film shows (Youtube Link) Northern Institute researcher, Dr Rachel Groom working with the li-Anthawirriyarra rangers to learn more about dugong movements and improve our understanding of population estimates in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Dugongs are of deep cultural significance to many Indigenous peoples across northern Australia and have a high biodiversity value as the only herbivorous marine mammal on the planet. The project uses a both-ways knowledge approach to Sea Country management, where Traditional Ecological Knowledges and Western sciences integrate to provide a robust foundation for the management of our Territory coast.

Rachel will be talking with ABC Radio Darwin this afternoon on Drivetime about her experience working with the li-Anthawirriyarra rangers tagging dugongs.

Link to listen live here

Jo Funk on Youtube

Open for Whom? OEP with North Australian Indigenous Workforce Development

01 July 2020

Recorded webinar of NI's Jo Funk presenting to the Global OER Graduate Network about her PhD research which examined four online resources in multidisciplinary contexts and how they performed as open education practices (OEP). The focus of this study is therefore to examine to whom OEP are open. Link to Youtube