We are driven to make positive differences in communities, society and policy through robust and independent research.
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Welcome to Northern Institute (NI). We were established in 2011 through a partnership between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Northern Territory Government (NTG) to undertake high quality analysis in social and policy research and build research capacity and leadership in Northern Australia.
Over the past decade, under the Directorship of Professor Ruth Wallace, NI has grown to become a major ‘think tank’ in Australia’s north and a known hub for research expertise and training.
Our research is underpinned by a deep understanding of partners’ and communities’ strengths and challenges, is informed by the complexity of issues facing regional and remote areas, and has a clear focus on delivering accurate, at times challenging, analysis for communities, government and industry. Much of NI's research is recognised by a long-held commitment to co-design that ensures research is undertaken in ways that strengthen voices that are often unheard and develops contextually meaningful evidence to support effective decision making.
Our researchers and students are committed to undertaking work of relevance, excellence and, above all, social impact.
Professor Kim Humphery
Director, Northern Institute
Northern Institute acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country on which we live and work and recognises their continuing connection to communities, land and waters. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and elders past and present. NI accepts the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and endorses enshrining a First Nation's Voice to Parliament in the Australian Constitution. We support voting ‘Yes’ in the upcoming National Referendum for the Constitutional recognition of Australia's First Peoples.
Our Research Support Services is located on beautiful Larrakia Land at CDU Casuarina Campus. Find out more about Larrakia Nation (Saltwater People)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website & linked publications and content may contain images and names of people who have died.