Desert Knowledge Research Institute
Connecting researchers and creating opportunities in remote and regional Australia.
Desert Knowledge Research Institute’s (DKRI) mission is to recognise and grow the value of remote and regional Australia through high-quality applied research that capitalises on the unique characteristics and strengths of the scientific and cultural knowledge of remote, arid, and desert regions.
DKRI’s strategic focus areas for 2019 – 2022:
- Targeted research programs in areas of people, place and knowledge
- Generating tangible research outputs that are of practicable value
- Promoting community-driven research
- Being self-sustaining
DKRI will implement research programs through auspiced research projects, standalone research activities and collaborations with the research centres of the desert.
The three focus areas for DKRI align with the strategic direction of DKA.
Land and country is central to the work of DKA and DKRI. Research can include:
- Climate change
- Indigenous natural resource management
- Renewable energy
- Agriculture and horticulture
- Innovation in the built environment
Aboriginal governance, leadership and land management is essential to community resilience in remote Australia. Research can include:
- Population mobility
- Retaining and recognising emerging Aboriginal leaders
- Leadership and governance including local decision-making
- Capacity building for employment and professional advancement
The accumulation, translation and dissemination of knowledge is in the DNA of research institutes. For DKRI, this includes the outcomes of the research it facilitates, and its partnership with DKA who host and protect the many aspects of desert knowledge that currently exist. This program can include:
- Knowledge translation from existing accumulated research into practical application
- Knowledge ownership and commercialisation
DKRI will focus on promoting economic and social development in arid and desert Australia by advancing Central Australian and desert research, generating knowledge and applying the existing knowledge of the desert. DKRI will act as a conduit and facilitator of desert research programs, funding and collaborations, working to support existing research as well as to identify and generate new research opportunities.
In November 2019, DKRI and Batchelor Institute co-hosted the third Knowledge Intersections Symposium which saw 86 research participants engage with 28 presentation sessions at the Desert Knowledge Precinct. The Symposium provided a platform for Central Australian researchers to connect and share their knowledge, ideas and experiences in desert research, and collaborate to work towards a stronger remote Australia.
Launched as the Desert Knowledge Foundation in 2012, DKRI emerged in 2018 with “approved research institute” status. DKRI is a company limited by guarantee and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. As a registered charity, DKRI can access funding for desert research and is in a great position to create connections and opportunities across remote and regional Australia.
DKRI is highly motivated in promoting desert research, and is looking for collaborations with Central Australian research institutes and researchers. DKRI can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DKRI’s Board membership includes:
Dr Stephen Morton – CSIRO & Honorary Professorial Fellow; CDU
Dr Dan Tyson – CEO & Innovator in Residence; DKA
Dr Mark Stafford-Smith – Chief Coordinating Scientist — Adaptation; CSIRO
Prof Ruth Wallace – Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society; CDU & Director of the Northern Institute; CDU
ACN: 160 498 448