Professor Rolf Gerritsen
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).
Professor Ruth Wallace
Professor Wallace is Dean of CDU's College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts and Director of Northern Institute.
Ruth’s research interests relate to the links between identity, marginalised learners and the development of effective learning and workforce development pathways. This work is situated in regional and remote areas of Northern Australia and Indonesia, with a specific focus in research approaches to improve service delivery and adaptation, undertaken with Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas.
Ruth’s research connects to digital systematic learning pedagogies, and approaches to workforce development through remote based enterprises.
Ruth leads the workforce development research theme at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University and focuses on collaborative approaches to workforce development and engagement with community, governments and industry that are sustainable and scalable. Ruth has extensive experience in educational practice development and as a teacher at all educational level.
Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay
Ph.D. (Economics), M.A. (Economics), B.Bus (Tourism)
Pascal is an economist undertaking research connected to Northern Australia’s development.
He has been in the Northern Territory for nearly 30 years starting at the former Northern Territory University and lecturing in economics and later tourism and hospitality.
He had previously taught at the University of Tasmania, the University of British Columbia and the Université du Québec à Montréal.
His Ph.D. dissertation (University of Melbourne, 1998) examined the nature of economic coordination in the tourism system, and the role played by distinct inter-firm networks supporting differentiated learning strategies. It was awarded the TTRA W.B. Keeling tourism dissertation award for 1996-1998.
Dr Johanna Funk
PhD in Open Educational Practice, M.A. (Ed), B.Ed., B.A., Grad Cert Yolŋu Studies
As a professional in inner city schools in London, Johanna began to research how best to support marginalised learners within institutional systems in inner city schools in London. Moving to remote northern Australia has helped her to continue supporting learners’ skills in a range of contexts and fostered her PhD in Open Educational Practices with Indigenous Workforce development. Johanna is applying what she learnt to curriculum and learning design and lecturing in cultural knowledges in the College of Indigenous Futures at CDU. Supporting learners’ skills in a range of contexts led to her interest in how learning systems can function with acknowledgement of diversity. International working life and upbringing informed her interest in how the acknowledgement of learners’ identity can increase rich participation within educational, economic and social contexts.
Dr Kate Golebiowska
Ph.D. (Public Policy), M.A. (Political Science)
Kate is a social scientist with a doctorate in public policy from the Australian National University (2007) and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Warsaw, Poland (2000).
She has long been fascinated by international migration and her location in Darwin has contributed to the regional focus of her work. She has been involved in projects dealing with other policy issues such as workforce mobility, social impacts of gambling, the Third Sector and social enterprise.
Dr Judith Lovell
Ph.D (Education), M.A. (Creative Arts Therapy), Grad Cert Tertiary Teaching and Learning, B.A. (Visual Arts)
Dr Judith Lovell is a Senior Research Fellow with Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. Her expertise is in the multidisciplinary and collaborative uses of research and evaluation to enhance social, environmental, cultural and economic capabilities in Australian and international societies. Judith has an emerging interest in realist philosophy and creative interventions as means to understand, inform and support social, educational and economic participation. Based in Alice Springs she is a member of the Realist Research Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI) undertaking national and international research and evaluation. She leads projects that initiate problem solving and innovation through the multidisciplinary Studio360 portfolio.
Researchers and research assistants
Alicia has worked in VET/TAFE/HE education, training, management and research for 30 years. She has been in Darwin with Charles Darwin University since 1999 and was the Education Coordinator for the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre for seven years. Alicia was the Chair of the Central Australian Education and Training Network (CAETN) for over eight years and works extensively in applied research with key interests in education, technology for learning and workforce planning and development, in regional and remote areas.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Architectural Science
Pawinee joined the Northern Institute (NI) in 2012. Prior to joining NI, she was a research associate working with the Social Partnerships in Learning research group at the School of Education. Since joining NI, Pawinee has worked in a number of projects with research teams such as Demography and Growth Planning, Northern Futures, Evaluation and Knowledge Impact, and Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge and Governance.