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Significant global impacts on social, cultural, health, economic, and environmental issues.

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Partnership and collaboration

Our collaborations bring many diverse benefits, from supporting vocational and higher education to building collaborative commercial ventures.


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Research Impact and Excellence

CDU has various research strengths that can tackle significant global challenges to contribute to society in the Northern Territory and beyond.

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Research Ethics and Integrity

Charles Darwin University places great value on the knowledge, expertise and integrity of its research students and staff and on their commitment to conduct research with high standards of integrity and ethics.

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Researcher Development

The Office of Research and Innovation runs university-wide programs for researchers at CDU. We design research workshops and other social events to support all CDU HDR candidates, supervisors, and early and mid-career researchers in their work.

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Research institutes and centres

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a research intensive university with outstanding performance and recognised excellence in Indigenous and tropical health, environmental science and public policy. Our research portfolio has a real world impact, within and beyond our unique location in Northern Australia.

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Higher Degree by Research

Study at our exciting and progressive research-intensive university. Work alongside committed and expert supervisors in CDU's Master's and PhD programs.

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Find HDR supervisor and available research projects

Find a supervisor and research project

Find a research supervisor and explore available research projects to start your research journey with Charles Darwin University

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Higher Degree by Research scholarships

We offer a variety of research scholarships to assist you throughout your program. Find out what we have on offer and how to apply. 

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Current HDR candidates

At CDU, we realise that, as a research candidate, you have probably developed a unique blend of skills, qualities, and ideas, capabilities that you would like to use to improve the world, enhance your life, or both.

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Information for Research Supervisors

Learn more about our current research supervisors, registration procedures, helpful resources, and more. Our esteemed faculty members lead the way in their fields and are crucial in steering our research initiatives, ensuring a rewarding and enriching academic journey for all.

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Strategic Plan 2021-2026

CDU’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026  will set out our roadmap for the next five years

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Research Web Portal

Explore the CDU Research Web portal to access CDU's Research Projects and Researchers.

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Research & Innovation events

Explore various workshops and social events available for CDU's researchers and HDR students


Research news

  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) researchers will investigate the role of women in commercial seafood industry in the Northern Territory.

    Study to explore growing the number of women in the NT seafood industry

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) researchers will investigate ways to grow and retain women working in the Northern Territory’s commercial seafood industry, a sector where worldwide they are significantly underrepresented.

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  • CDU PhD candidate Adam Rexroade

    From Chicago to the NT: CDU PhD candidate on tropical quest to study carbon unknown

    The Northern Territory’s dusty red tracks are a long way from the city streets of Chicago, but for Charles Darwin University (CDU) PhD candidate Adam Rexroade, his commute to work is far more exciting and adventurous down under.

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  • CDU researchers Dr Matthew Abunyewah and Professor Mitchell Byrne are investigating community resilience to drought to better prepare residents of Alice Springs for future possible severe effects.

    Drought resilience framework is needed as NT expects extreme heat

    As the Northern Territory continues to experience extreme weather conditions, Charles Darwin University (CDU) researchers are investigating the role community leaders play in building resilience during times of drought.

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Meet our team

The Research and Innovation team

Charles Darwin University provides high quality consultancy and other research, training, and other services for government, industry, communities, and end-users.

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