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Professor Ruth Wallace 

Dean – College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society

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Professor Ruth Wallace is the Dean of College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, and Director of the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. Her research interests relate to the links between identity, marginalised learners and the development of effective learning and workforce development pathways. This work is situated in regional and remote areas of Northern Australia and Indonesia, with a specific focus in research approaches to improve service delivery and adaptation, undertaken with Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas.

Ruth currently leads the Regional, Economic & Workforce Development research team which focuses on collaborative approaches to workforce development and engagement with community, governments and industry that are sustainable and scalable. Ruth is the social science technical advisor 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 won the NT Leader/Manager of the Year category at the 2016 Australian Institute of Management’s Leadership Excellence Awards in October 2016 for creating a culture of excellence at the Northern Institute and was recognised for her ability to exercise strong leadership in a complex and multi-disciplinary setting, and for building the Institute’s profile among key stakeholders including government agencies, industry organisations, Indigenous communities and in the wider non-government sector.

Also in 2016 Ruth became the first female Australian researcher to be awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences (Sponsored by Kansas State University).  Ruth travelled and lived in the United States, for her scholarship, January to July 2017 building on her research engaging remote communities in biosecurity surveillance based at Kansas State University. 



Research interests:

  • Workforce development in regional and marginalised areas
  • Policy implementation in regional areas
  • Regional development and growth in remote areas
  • Mobile end technology based learning
  • Learning identity
  • Aboriginal enterprise development in remote areas
  • Regional development and governance in Northern Australia and neighbouring regions
  • Marginalised learners and access to knowledge systems
  • Community engagement

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CDU is currently looking for students to undertake their Higher Degree by Research in the Northern Territory. Scholarships are available.

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