Strategic Intent

    The Cairns Institute supports JCU’s strategic intent to create a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

    It pursues this intent through:


    The Institute’s research addresses critical points of social and environmental transformation in the tropics. Its aim is to be visionary, multidisciplinary, and driven by principles of social justice and reciprocity.


    The Institute offers multiple opportunities for learning via higher degree research programs, focused non-award professional development and short courses, and collaborative research.


    The Institute informs and supports public debate about issues shaping life in the tropics, creating democratic spaces for the dissemination and discussion of ideas and knowledge from both within and outside the University. 


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