As the world’s tropical zones face immense social, economic and environmental challenges, the Institute aims to provide innovative research with local, national and global applications. It’s unique profile is built on the following key concerns.

    Governance & Political Innovation

    Our goal is to improve the effectiveness and inclusiveness of governance and connectivity across corporate, government and non-government sectors.


    Education & Capacity Building

    Our goal is to build the capacity of current and future citizens to thoughtfully and productively participate in the creation of sustainable and just tropical communities and societies.


    Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Futures

    Our goal is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander empowerment and prosperity across health, education, employment, housing, law, justice, language and culture.


    Language & Culture

    Our goal is to support cultural expression, creativity, identity and the preservation and documentation of tropical cultural and linguistic heritage.


    Regional Economic Development

    Our goal is to promote stronger economic development and diversification of industry to sustain livelihoods in the tropics.


    Social Justice & Community Wellbeing

    Our goal is to assist communities to respond to social and environmental change and increase social inclusion through projects committed to social justice, health and wellbeing.


    Sustainable International Development

    Our goal is to strengthen Australia’s engagement with our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific to meet international sustainable development goals.


    Tropical Planning, Resource Development & Design

    Our goal is to contribute to more sustainable built and natural environments through innovative and culturally appropriate approaches to planning, management and design.


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