A series of writing workshops and strategy meetings designed to consolidate learnings from the Collaborative Research Networks Northern Research Futures program. The CDU-based team were joined by colleagues from James Cook University: Professor Allan Dale, Dr Anne Stephens and Mr Jim Turnour, as well as Ms Ruth Potts from the Queensland University of Technology. Two days were dedicated to writing chapters for CRN and NI publications on theoretical governance challenges for northern Australia. Two further days were dedicated to strategic meetings. Thursday was a particular highlight; the CRN/Wider Governance Strategy Workshop that bought extended members of NI together with CRN-NRF forming a new group dedicated to research and learning around governance in the northern Australian context. The group looks forward to meeting regularly and developing a program of research over the coming year. The week closed with a session lead by Mike Harrison on the exploration of a regional governance project that exemplifies the kind of rich practical and theoretical work that exemplifies this new research agenda.