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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.

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. 

Dr Alan Anderson

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.

Chancellor Paul Henderson and Eileen Tuite

We’ve had breakthroughs in the areas of malaria treatment, technologies to improve health in remote communities, preserving Indigenous languages, accelerating STEM education using technology, and many others.

Key partnerships with national and international universities ensure our research capacity and capability continues to grow, and our research is relevant and engaged.

Our research institutes and centres

Menzies School of Health Research

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

Northern Institute

Energy and Resources Institute

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

The Australasian Centre for Resilience Implementation for Sustainable Communities