The Northern Institute at CDU is a hub for research expertise and leadership and our researchers are recognised as leaders in their fields.
Our research aims to understand regional development and provide strong evidence for policy development and capacity building, responding to the needs of governments and communities.
Our capacity is developed through the involvement of PhD and Master by Research students who can examine issues deeply when partnering with stakeholders.
Senior Research Fellow Jackie Gould
I am interested in supervising PhD topics which explore the following issues:
• Protected area and fisheries governance: improving models of collaboration between governments and Indigenous Sea Country Managers to better recognise Indigenous modes of decision making and knowledge authority
• Knowledge mapping: supporting Indigenous knowledge authorities to create resources which articulate the multidimensional values of their Sea Country, which they can utilise when navigating complex cross-cultural knowledge authority domains
Dr Judith Lovell
Dr Judith Lovell is a Senior Research Fellow with Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University.
- Aboriginal community partnerships
- strategic organisational policy – governance and business
- activating capability in remote and regional populations
- arts-based process (health, education, enterprise)
- visual jurisprudence.
Professor Rolf Gerritsen
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).
- economic and regional development policy
- remote and northern Australian development
- Indigenous development and community resilience
- natural resource and conservation management
- intergovernmental relations, local government and policy management.
Associate Professor Linda Ford
Associate Professor Payi Linda Ford is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Northern Institute. Her knowledge, expertise and research focus on Indigenous issues and her work contributes to understanding locally, nationally and internationally.
- Indigenous knowledge, and ecological knowledge
- Indigenous languages
- Indigenous Women’s Business
- Indigenous community and enterprise development, early childhood, and land management
- Indigenous higher education post-colonialism
- Law Indigenous Studies
Associate Professor Andrew Taylor
Associate professor Andrew Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute at CDU. Andrew researches the causes and consequences of population change for the Northern Territory of Australia and northern regions more broadly.
- impacts from population changes in northern and sparsely settled areas
- population projections
- indigenous populations and changing demography
- policy implications for population change at communities.
Professor Steven Bird
Professor Steven Bird’s research with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute is driven by the question of how to create a world that sustains its languages.
- language maintenance and revitalisation
- language documentation and description
- participatory design
- computational linguistics
- digital archives.
Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay
Associate professor Pascal is an economist undertaking research connected to Northern Australia’s development.
- economic analysis
- tourism business and marketing
- evaluation and assessment of policies and strategies aiming to enhance economic capabilities in northern Australia and address workforce challenges, including surrounding Aboriginal communities.
Associate Professor Kerstin Zander
Kerstin is an environmental economist with a background in agricultural science. Kerstin's research looks at the many relationships between humans and nature with a focus on quantitative research and econometric models.
- human wellbeing
- climate change
- adaption strategies
Professor Ruth Wallace
Professor Ruth Wallace is the Dean of College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, and Director of the Northern Institute at CDU.
- workforce development in regional and marginalised areas
- policy implementation in regional areas
- regional development and growth in remote areas
- marginalised learners and access to knowledge systems
- Aboriginal enterprise development in remote areas.
Senior Research Fellow Michaela Spencer
Michaela is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Northern Institute. Her background is in environmental science, sociology, geography and Science and Technology Studies.
- Contemporary practices of knowledge and governance
- Contemporary environmental politics
- Indigenous research development
- Collaborative services design
- Science and Technology Studies
Associate Professor Anne Lowell
Anne Lowell is a Principal Research Fellow in the Northern Institute and specialises in collaborative qualitative research and community education with remote Aboriginal communities.
- intercultural communication
- Indigenous health and early childhood
- culturally responsive policy and practice
- Indigenous culture and linguistics.
Dr Deepika Mathur
Dr Deepika Mathur is a Research Fellow based at the Alice Springs campus. Her area of research is examining ways regional towns can be made more sustainable and healthy, through the built environment.
- construction waste management
- waste from solar energy systems
- sustainable architecture
Dr Tracy Woodroffe
Dr Tracy Woodroffe is a Lecturer and Course Coordinator in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society. She welcomes inquiries from prospective Master by Research and PhD students for supervision in her areas of interest.
- Indigenous education and leadership
- knowledge systems
- classroom practice and assessment
- teacher education
Professor Michael Christie
Michael is a Principal Researcher with Northern Institute and heads the Contemporary Indigenous Governance and Knowledge Systems research team. Michael has lived in and worked with Yolŋu communities for over 40 years.
- Yolngu languages and culture
- Yolngu philosophy and education
- transdisciplinary and Indigenous research