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Located in the remote far north of Australia, research is central to the purpose of Charles Darwin University and closely tied to the needs of the Northern Territory and the Territory’s immediate region: Timor Leste, Eastern Indonesia, and the Arafura Sea. The distinctive characteristics of the Northern Territory present researchers and research students at Charles Darwin University with unique experiences and opportunities.
CDU has established itself as an exciting and progressive research intensive university with a regional focus that prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
We have developed cross-disciplinary research teams, as well as partnerships and collaborative relationships with external agencies to build world-class research capability.
Our goal is to maintain and develop our high-impact research profile in areas of strength including Environment and Livelihoods; Human Health and Wellbeing; Social and Public Policy; Education at the interface with Health; and Energy. Indigenous Knowledges is a cross-cutting research focus.
CDU’s research institutes and centres and collaborative research networks, provide a strategic framework for research engagement bringing specialised, regionally informed knowledge to our work. Our research and capacity building activities engage with countries and communities to our north to ensure a global perspective and contribution to our region. International recognition of our success is evident in our institutional rankings and our research performance.