Northern Institute Advisory Committee (NIAC)


The Northern Institute Advisory Committee (NIAC) assists the Northern Institute’s mission to undertake significant and high quality interdisciplinary research, encourage and support local, national and international partnerships, enable public intellectual commentary, expand regional capacity that leads research of significance and realise the potential of the region.

The Northern Institute Advisory Committee provides overarching advice to the Director, related to the Northern Institute’s strategic research directions and connections. This advice informs the Northern Institute’s research planning and development activities, which will be monitored by the Advisory Committee.


NIAC Members

The current members are:


The Honourable Sally Thomas AC

Former Administrator of the Northern Territory & Former Chancellor of Charles Darwin University


Professor Peter Sköld

Professor of History at Umeå University and Director of Arctic Research Centre 


Professor Lenore Manderson

Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health, The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Petrarca C. Karetji

Head of Pulse Lab, Jakarta


Lenore Dembski

Paperbark Woman


As a group, the Advisory Committee members bring the following key attributes to the Northern Institute Advisory Committee and each member contributes to at least two of these attributes.

  • Professional research leadership or management experience at a national and/or international level;
  • Knowledge of Northern Territory communities;
  • Knowledge of the Northern Territory policy environment (including links to Indigenous communities and policy agenda);
  • Ability to represent the Indigenous populations of the Northern Territory and beyond;
  • Ability to work with a range of government and non-government sectors;
  • Current or recent membership of research, academic, policy, industry and/or not-for-profit sectors;
  • Expertise in a range of disciplines relevant to the Northern Institute’s research themes);
  • Knowledge of relevant regional, national and international research trends;
  • Active in relevant national and international networks; and/or
  • Ability to provide strategic advice on the Northern Institute’s mission, vision and strategic direction to develop the Institute as a leading site of academic scholarship and critical thinking and a university research institute of international reputation.

Read the NIAC Terms of Reference 

Enquires about the Northern Institute Advisory Committee can be directed to Pawinee Yuwun telephone 08 8946 7465 or