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Northern Institute

Our research

Since its formation in 2010, Northern Institute has become a regional leader in high-quality social and public policy research. We aim to understand regional development and provide strong evidence for policy development and capacity building whilst responding to the needs of governments and communities.

The Northern Institute is a hub for research expertise, leadership and impact for stakeholders. Northern Institute’s researchers are recognised nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields. They work through partnerships with context experts locally and content experts internationally to bring together a deep understanding of people, policy and place.

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    Contemporary Indigenous, knowledge, governance, and science

    We engage in collaborative projects to explore Aboriginal knowledge, workforce participation, governance, language and cultural practices.

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    Demography and growth planning

    Our research focuses on population change in the Northern Territory, north of Australia and other northern and sparsely populated areas.

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    Risk, disasters and resilience

    Our research focuses on disaster and climate risks and supporting the development of resilient, adaptable, and sustainable communities.

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    Realist research, evaluation and learning

    Internationally recognised experts in realist methodology contributing to social, environmental and economic wellbeing.

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    Regional, economic, education and workforce development

    Solving problems linked to economic, education and workforce policy and program implementation in regional and remote northern Australia.

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    Research centres and groups

    Meet the teams that are specialists in their field:

    • Central Australian Research Group
    • Centre for Creative Futures
    • First Nations Sovereignty and Diplomacy Centre
    • Indigenous Enterprise Hub (The Hub)

    • Top End Language Lab
    • Top End Science, Technology and Society (Top End STS)
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