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Research and Innovation

Research Impact and Excellence

The distinctive characteristics of the Northern Territory present researchers and research students at Charles Darwin University with unique experiences and opportunities.

CDU is an exciting and progressive research-intensive university that prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Our internationally recognised research is strongly aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and makes a real, positive difference in people’s lives.

Dr Alan Anderson

CDU academics named among world’s most influential

Charles Darwin University academics have been named as some of the most influential scientists in the world as part of a newly-released database compiled by Stanford University. 

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  • $500+ Million in healthcare savings for the prevention of Indigenous psychological illness and malaria outbreaks in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • $130 Million in carbon abatement contracts sold by Traditional owners as a result of CDU research.
  • 50 per cent reduction in melioidosis mortality in the Northern Territory.
  • 40 per cent reduction in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander depression cases resulting in taxpayer savings of $71.7 million in 2017.
Charles Darwin University (CDU) Professors Sue Kildea (left) and Yvette Roe, from the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre head up the To Be Born Upon a Pandanus Mat program.

Research excellence and impact

In the Commonwealth Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018, CDU’s research strength that we were ranked at or above world average on 82 per cent of the specialist research disciplines in which it was assessed.

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Research web portal

Our research portfolio has real-world impact, within and beyond our unique location in Northern Australia.

The CDU Research Web portal provides access to CDU's Research Projects and Researchers.


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