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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. 

Director Kim Humphery

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Northern Institute Events


  • A satellite image from NAFI of the bushfires sweeping through the Barkly region.

    NAFI proves invaluable asset in recent bushfire emergency

    Decades worth of fire knowledge, data and experience were put to the test this month with the North Australia & Rangelands Fire Information (NAFI) service receiving an unprecedented number of map requests during the Barkly region bushfires.

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  • A partnership between CDU, AIMS and Northern Territory Ranger groups will look to tackle the effects of climate change on North Australia’s turtle population.

    Project to look at climate impacts on Northern Australia's turtle populations

    A new project, between Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and indigenous ranger groups, will investigate how sea level rise and increasing sand temperature may affect Northern Australia’s turtle populations.

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  • cdu collaborators showing new mental health resource

    Yolgnu Mental health resource aims to break down cultural differences

    A new mental health resource, launched at Garma Festival, aims to enhance the capacity of mental health service providers supporting Yolgnu patients to achieve patient-centred approaches that include culturally sensitive and culturally informed practices.

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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. 

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