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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.

New record of CDU researchers among the most influential in the world

New record of CDU researchers among the most influential in the world

Researchers from Charles Darwin University (CDU) have enhanced their global reputations as some of the most influential in their fields in the world.

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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.

The Birthing on Country project case study

Birthing on Country services offer a culturally safe, holistic approach to the design of maternity services for First Nations peoples and a strategy to improve maternity care outcomes.
RIEL researchers

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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Australia-Bali research


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