Professor Rolf Gerritsen


Principal Researcher

Since late 2007 Rolf Gerritsen has been a Professorial Research Fellow, at Charles Darwin University. 

Rolf has taught at various universities, including a decade at the Australian National University in the Graduate Program in Public Policy. He has also spent five years as Director of the Australian Centre for Regional and Local Government Studies, as a senior Ministerial staff member at both the Commonwealth and Territory levels, and ran his own research consultancy for a number of years. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Director Social/Economic Policy in the Chief Minister’s Department in the Northern Territory. Before joining Charles Darwin University in late 2007, Professor Gerritsen was the “Outback Livelihoods” professorial project leader in the Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Centre (2006-07).

Rolf's research interests are primarily in public policy and he has published in several policy fields with an emphasis upon:

Research Interests

  • Economic and regional development policy, 
  • Remote and northern Australian development
  • Indigenous development and community resilience
  • Natural resource and conservation management
  • IGR, local government and policy management

Current Research Projects

  • Climate change, waste, recycling and remote urban communities’ economic resilience
  • The implications of steady-state economies for remote urban communities
  • Tourism choices; diversification or intensification
  • Maternal health and heat

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision

  • Paul Barrett (PhD)
  • Delyna Baxter (PhD)
  • Penelope Bergen (PhD)
  • Bethune Carmichael (PhD)
  • Mitzi Ferguson (PhD)
  • Kuntal Goswami (PhD)
  • Heleen Kruger (PhD)
  • Jessica Marin-Uloa (DB)
  • Jeanette Pastor (PhD)
  • Jagath Bandara Pathirage (PhD)
  • Janet Skewes (PhD)
  • Peter Strachan (MA)
  • Kaely Woods (PhD)
  • Kevin Dolman (PhD)

Media Coverage

Link to Research Publications

Professor Rolf Gerritsen


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Alice Springs, NT 

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