People

Professor Ruth Wallace

E: ruth.wallace@cdu.edu.au

Professor Ruth Wallace is the Director of the Northern Institute.  Ruth leads the Workforce Development, Migration and Pathways to Learning theme which focuses on collaborative approaches to workforce development and engagement with community, governments and industry that are sustainable and scalable.  She is the ‘Secure Futures’ Program Leader for the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, with a focus on building resilience through community engagement and collaborative knowledge and management systems for biosecurity surveillance. Ruth is also a Program Manager of the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network based at CDU.

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Professor Paul Carter

E: paul.carter@rmit.edu.au

Professor Paul Carter is an internationally acclaimed artist and academic. His research interests include the poetics of place-making, public space design and the application of creative research to community renewal, strategic planning and policy formation. In 2013 Paul joined the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network as a Research Leader. One of his research, Archipelago (project based), explores the scope of design to broker new creative communities internationally whose shared goal is the development of design tools to sustain fragile environments and advocate their values.  Archipelago is currently being undertaken through the CRN as part of a three year research agreement with Charles Darwin University focusing on a coastal design and management project called Ocean Connections. 

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Professor Allan Dale

E: allan.dale@jcu.edu.au

Professor Allan Dale is a Professor of Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University (JCU) and a CDU University Fellow. He leads the Cairns Northern Futures team at JCU. Allan is involved in broadening collaborative research networks around Governance issues to an international scale and to impact Federal and State and Territory level policy development.  Allan is the chair of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait and is also a member of the QLD State Government’s Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce.  He has published extensively on governance and natural resource management issues. He is a co- founder of CRN’s Northern Australia Governance Research Group.

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Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay

E: pascal.tremblay@cdu.edu.au

Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay joined the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University late in 2014 to contribute to the Institute’s economic expertise and develop research projects supporting the Northern development agenda. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Melbourne University and was Chair of Tourism until 2010 at the Charles Darwin University, undertaking research in applied economics, business and social aspects of tourism. His current projects are concentrated on remote and Indigenous economic development in the Northern Territory, with a particular interest in evolutionary economics approaches to institutional design. He has recently been involved in projects linked with developing Northern Australian economic capabilities in the areas of international education, road infrastructure, tourism, cooperation with South-East Asia, biosecurity, etc.

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Dr Elspeth Oppermann

E: elspeth.oppermann@cdu.edu.au

Dr Elspeth Oppermann’s research focuses on the challenge heat stress poses to the labour-intensive workforce in the Monsoonal North of Australia. The region is characterized by hot and humid weather between October and May. The research objective is to understand how contemporary practices, which are responsive to technical and social contexts, work to produce and/or manage heat stress. Given the contingency of every work situation, and the widespread changes expected to occur with ongoing climate change, the ‘management’ and ‘governance’ of heat stress through everyday practices becomes a political and pragmatic location for the investigation of ideals of adaptability and transformability.

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Dr Tom Brewer

E: tom.brewer@cdu.edu.au

Dr Tom Brewer's broad career focus is to understand links between society (including demographic, cultural and economic dimensions) and the natural environment to contribute to the advancement of human well-being and the preservation and regeneration of natural resource systems. Tom's primary role with the CRN is to identify what the Darwin community most values in and around Darwin Harbour and develop models on how the changing social, economic, and cultural landscape of Darwin is impacting Darwin Harbour, and how this relationship is likely to change in the future. He is situating this work within the 'Northern Development' discourse to aid decision making.

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Dr Jackie Gould

E: jackie.gould@cdu.edu.au

Dr. Gould is working with the Yirralka Rangers to document the cultural values and management needs of sea country within the Rangers’ area of operation. She is undertaking similar work with the Crocodile Island Rangers, facilitating discussions between Rangers and Traditional Owners to articulate land-and-sea management priorities and strategies. Both projects will lead to the preparation of sea country management plans. Dr. Gould is also involved in aquaculture-oriented projects at Goulburn Island, and a project focused on multi-stakeholder impacts on the marine areas in the South West Gulf of Carpentaria in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

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Dr Anne Stephens

E: anne.stephens@jcu.edu.au

Dr Anne Stephens is a sociologist with the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. With the Northern Futures CRN, Anne leads theoretical and applied research in regional economic development and governance systems, in particularly higher education in the employment and vocational education sectors.  Anne is an active participant of the CRN’s Northern Australia Governance Research Group working collaboratively to establish appropriate research methods and strategies for research.

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Dr Supriya Mathew

E: supriya.mathew@cdu.edu.au

Dr Supriya Mathew is a CRN a postdoctoral researcher at the Northern Institute based in Alice Springs. Her research broadly examines the impacts of and responses to extreme environmental events.  She is currently working on a CDU-Menzies school of health collaborative project to examine the effects of heat stress on pregnant women in central Australia and a CRC-REP project that examines ways to adapt to climate change in arid lands.

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Rens van der Vegt

E: rens.vandervegt@cdu.edu.au

Rens is a PhD student under the Collaborative Research Network Program at Charles Darwin University. His research will focus on the social and environmental impacts on Northern Australia due to Asia’s increasing demand for energy and resources.

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Rens has a Master in Social & Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University and a Bachelor in International Tourism Management & Consultancy from the NHTV University of Applied Sciences. Before starting his PhD he has been working as an event coordinator for two years.

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Thomas Gray

E: thomasandrew.gray@cdu.edu.au

Tom is a PhD student under the Collaborative Research Network Program at Charles Darwin University.  Tom has a background in multiple practices of design including architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design and environmental interpretation. He has completed a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) from RMIT University and continues this work on major public art projects around Darwin often in collaboration with Larrakia artists. 

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Jagath Bandara Pathirage

E: jagathbandara.pathirage@cdu.edu.au

Jagath is a PhD student under the Collaborative Research Network Program at Charles Darwin University.  He completed his first degree in sociology at university of Colombo and MSc in social anthropology at University of Edinburgh in UK. He was a research consultant for the University of Sussex in UK from 2007-to 2008 and then was a senior research fellow at MARGA institute in Sri Lanka from 2008- 2011. He is holding a teaching position at department of sociology at university of Colombo in Sri Lanka. 

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Gemma Wickens

E: gemmasarah.wickens@cdu.edu.au

Gemma is a PhD student under the Collaborative Research Network Program at Charles Darwin University.  Gemma is from England where a fondness for the sea led her to study Marine Biology and work managing scuba diving businesses. She then joined the British Marine and Fisheries Science Unit, which translates science and policy between researchers and policy makers.

Gemma came to Australia in 2007 on holiday but never left. She became interested in sea country planning after a trip to Cape York and was privileged to work with the staff and members of Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation to look at sea country planning. 

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Kaely Woods

E: kaely.woods@gmail.com

Kaely is a PhD student at ANU and CDU as a Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network Scholar, pursuing research into the role and value of Indigenous culture in sustainable economic development in remote Australia.  Until 2012 Kaely was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), an organisation established by the Australian Government to support Indigenous economic development, primarily through business and home ownership.  Kaely’s professional experience of over 30 years includes 25 years in Indigenous policy.  She held senior roles in Commonwealth central agencies dealing with issues as diverse as native title, land rights, heritage protection, health, housing, home ownership and economic development, complemented by tertiary studies in economics and Indigenous studies.

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