NI News


New Learnline resources available for new student

31 August 2021

We’ve created the 'Studying in Learnline' short videos to cover everything you need to know about navigating Learnline:

  • Getting Started
  • Assessment Requirements & Marking
  • The Discussion Board
  • Student and Lecturer Expectations

The videos have been written and produced by Northern Institute researcher Dr Tracy Woodroffe and animated by Educational Animations.

View them here

DJÄKAMIRR premiere featured in E-news

31 August 2021

DJÄKAMIRR is proving to be a crowd favourite as on-demand requests have coming flooding in after the Darwin premiere.

The documentary won the Indigenous Film Award at the Fort Smith International Film Festival in Arkansas, USA earlier this year. 

The theme of the inaugural festival was ‘Through Their Eyes,’ celebrating the artistic expression and diverse experiences of Native Americans and People of Colour.

Read the e-news article here

Holographic technology used in bushfire management

31 August 2021

New NI Researcher Rohan Fisher featured in CDU e-news article. 

"There are few, if any, services that CDU provides the broader community that have such deep impacts on the culture of land management, particularly in remote and regional parts of Australia, and has grown, over almost two decades, to inform a whole new industrial sector based on indigenous knowledge and cutting-edge science."

Read the article here

NI at CDU Open Day

30 August 2021

What a fantastic day at the 2021 Charles Darwin University Open Day

The VC swung past to chat to our researchers and our Bäru (crocodile) met lots of excited students and staff to learn about their interest areas and tell them all about NI research.

Don't forget that the CDU Virtual Open Day will be run in September with Live sessions online. Register here

See the album from open day here

Indigenous Diplomacy Team showcase Yolŋu Diplomacy work to DFAT’s Michelle Bedford (ACT) and Mark Sayers (NT)

26 August 2021

Today some of our Indigenous Diplomacy Team spent the morning with Michelle Bedford from the Public Diplomacy Branch (Canberra) and Mark Sayers, NT Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The meeting provided an opportunity for our team to showcase their Yolŋu Diplomacy work, innovative micro-credential courses designed for Indigenous researchers and collaborators, and Indigenous cultures and environment on-country program, and make connections for future projects with DFAT.

Prof Ruth Wallace, Rosemary Gundjarranbuy, Michelle Bedford, Mark Sayers, Dr Michaela Spencer, Greg Williams met & Yasunori Hayashi joined from Japan (via Zoom).

Find out more: Yolŋu Diplomacy Work, Indigenous Researcher Microcredentials & Indigenous Cultures and Environment Program (on-country).

Welcome to Elizabeth Creed

26 August 2021

Elizabeth Creed has joined us! Working with our Demography and Growth Planning team to develop a population survey around social inclusion, community connection & wellbeing for the NT’s unique population. Welcome Elizabeth!

Research Interests: Ensuring research provides robust evidence for policy development, and evaluation enables continuous improvement of policies, programs and services, Survey development and questionnaire design with the aim of reducing non-sampling error, Interaction between social memory, social networks and population turnover in the NT, Social justice and institutional racism & Impact of the built environment on social interaction.

Read more about her research here

Bursary gets Emma on Track for her Seas Ranger Dream

19 August 2021

Northern Institute is incredibly proud to partner with Kennelly Constructions, a leading First Nations company founded by proud Bundjalung men, on this opportunity to support a remote community based young Marra woman to study and make her dream come true. Thank you, Kennelly Constructions!

Learn more about our Diploma of Indigenous Research 

Read the CDU Media article here  and E-News recap here

Jen Deger’s arrival at NI gets picked up by the Media

19 August 2021

“Working in the intersection of art, anthropology and environmental studies, Prof Deger focuses her research on the ways digital media is transforming how we see, know and care about the world.”

Read the articles here: CDU Media, CDU E-news, The National Tribune, Mirage News, Get Education

NI Researchers present for the Developing the North Conference

17 August 2021

We had 2 researchers representing us at the Developing Northern Australia Conference today.

Alicia Boyle presented 'Barkly Region Workforce Futures' sharing her remote economic workforce research in the Barkly region.

Dr Deepika Mathur presented 'Turning Mid-life Crisis of Solar Panels into Opportunities' her research which identifies the actions needed to STOP/REDUCE Solar Panel waste in the Territory.

This conference was cleverly converted to fully online overnight after the lockdown restriction came into place for Northern Territory regions.

New Paper Reframing Wildfire Simulations

16 August 2021

Reframing Wildfire Simulations for Understanding Complex Human–Landscape Interactions in Cross-Cultural Contexts: A Case Study from Northern Australia

Contributers: Rohan Fisher, Scott Heckbert & Stephen Garnett

This paper belongs to the Special Issue "Wildfire Management in Increasing Complex Socio-Ecological Environments: Needs and Challenges"

Read the Open Access paper or the Special Issue

DJÄKAMIRR Premiere night sold out

13 August 2021

The Darwin premiere and fundraiser screening of DJÄKAMIRR was held at the beautiful Deckchair Cinema on Thursday 12 August and was proudly hosted by Northern Institute & Molly Wardaguga Research Centre.

It was a full house as all 350 tickets (the full allocation) sold out in days. The event was opened by Mike Wilson, CDU Deputy Vice Chancellor along with a wholehearted Welcome to Country by Larrakia Elder, Aunty Bilawara. Star of the show, Co-Director & Co-writer Ḻäwurrpa Maypilama then introduced the film to an excited Darwin audience.

Following the film, a recorded Q&A with bloopers had the crowd giggling. The screening ended on a serious note with a Call to Action - urging people to please visit the DJÄKAMIRR website - - to support a birthing centre on Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island) and help drive change so that maternity services meet the needs of all Australian First Nations women and families.

There is another Darwin screening planned for Monday 6 Sept 6:00PM at BCC Cinemas Casuarina. For tickets go to

See the full albumn of the night here

Welcome to Rohan Fisher

12 August 2021

Rohan Fisher has joined our growing research team at Northern Institute (NI). Rohan brings with him a wealth of knowledge, working with satellite data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the last 30 years.

His current research and training development work is focused on Projection Augmented Landscape Models. With expertise in innovation, particularly integrating western scientific data with traditional Indigenous knowledges, we are thrilled to have Rohan joining us and further extending our research capability.

Research Interests: Landscape simulations for cross cultural learning, Learning through complex systems simulation games, Fire information training and communication for best practice fire management, Eastern Indonesian application for the decentralisation of tech skills for good governance & STEM and teaching through tactile/digital games.

Read more about Rohan's research here