The Litterateurs Rainforest Retreat for Academic and Creative Writers

    The Inspiration behind The Litterateurs Rainforest Retreat from Tony Castles PhD Candidate "Academic writing does not always come easily for many of us. Like all of us who are writing, I want to be succinct and productive. Mostly I want my writings to be engaging and informative. I am told that rest...

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    2021 Cairns NAIDOC Week Breakfast

    2021 Cairns NAIDOC Week Breakfast

    The NAIDOC theme for 2021 is Healing Country, Healing the Nation. Throughout Australia, people are learning more and more about drawing on Aboriginal knowledges of Country and for manag...

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    TCICA Digital Connectivity

    TCICA Digital Connectivity

    Participation in the digital economy provides a major opportunity to diversify regional economies, develop and improve global economic participation, improve workforce attraction and re...

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    PhD Intro Elizabeth Smyth

    PhD Intro Elizabeth Smyth

    The Cairns Institute Research Fellow Elizabeth Smyth connects a forgotten novel set in the Wet Tropics Bioregion with the georgic mode of Virgil’s classical poetry in a paper to be pub...

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    Creating Futures Online Conference 2021

    Creating Futures Online Conference 2021

    Over eighteen years, Creating Futures has evolved from a conference to a movement that seeks to harness the experience, expertise, innovation and goodwill to build the capacities necess...

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    Publication of Malaria Elimination Open Access Resources

    Publication of Malaria Elimination Open Access Resources

    Professor Peter Case recently published a set of open access resources in collaboration with the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) and the University of California, San Francisco.The reso...

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    ReConnecting with GBR communities to achieve socially and culturally responsible Reef Restoration

    ReConnecting with GBR communities to achieve socially and culturally responsible Reef Restoration

    Recently, a post-doctoral fellow from The Cairns Institute, Dr Gillian Paxton, travelled to Cooktown to join the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program’s Indigenous Partnerships team ...

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    Cape York Dynamic Business Symposium

    Cape York Dynamic Business Symposium

    Cooktown provided the spectacular backdrop for the symposium held June 15-16 as part of the Cooktown & Cape York Expo. The Cairns Institute, led by Professor Hurriyet Babacan, in partner...

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    My journey by Fiona Wirrer George Oochunyung

    My journey by Fiona Wirrer George Oochunyung

    My PhD Journey has been one of the most intense and yet empowering processes I have encountered throughout my academic growth and development. The academic rigours as demanded and acqui...

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    Cairns Early Years Digital Symposium 2021

    Cairns Early Years Digital Symposium 2021

    The Early Years Conference (EYC) promotes the wellbeing of children and families by advancing collaboration and evidence-based practice and provides a platform to reflect multiple persp...

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    CRC Pulse of the Community Survey

    CRC Pulse of the Community Survey

    The Cairns Institute are working with Cairns Regional Council to find out  how residents have been impacted and continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in our Pulse of the Community stud...

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    Kristine Van Dinther invited by the HAU

    Kristine Van Dinther invited by the HAU

    Adjunct Research Fellow with the Cairns Institute, Kristine Van Dinther, was happy to be invited by HAU: The Journal of Ethnographic Theory last year to share in the debate regarding th...

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    PhD Intro Teddy Winn

    PhD Intro Teddy Winn

    Hailing from Papua New Guinea, Teddy is a PhD Candidate in Political Science, College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University’s Townsville campus. He has a political sc...

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    Mobilising Indigenous Knowledge into Action

    Mobilising Indigenous Knowledge into Action

    The Lowitja Institute in conjunction with the Indigenous Education and Research Centre and the Cairns Institute, held the first of a series of two day workshops for Aboriginal and Torres&nbs...

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    TNQ Hub Announcement

    TNQ Hub Announcement

    Earlier this year saw the announcement of the Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (TNQ Hub) based in Cairns and led by James Cook University. This h...

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    RRAP: An ambitious and inclusive research program to help the Great Barrier Reef

    RRAP: An ambitious and inclusive research program to help the Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and an ecosystem of significant aesthetic, cultural, economic and ecological value. However, warming oceans are causing more freque...

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    Valuing the Contribution of Biodiversity to Papua New Guinea’s Economy and Livelihoods

    Valuing the Contribution of Biodiversity to Papua New Guinea’s Economy and Livelihoods

    UNDP Papua New Guinea, together with the national government, is partnering with James Cook University to account for the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services in shaping Papua New Guinea&...

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    Launch of the Pacific Women’s Political Empowerment Research Group – International Women’s Day 2021

    Launch of the Pacific Women’s Political Empowerment Research Group – International Women’s Day 2021

    The Pacific Women’s Political Empowerment Research Group was launched by Professor Rosita Henry and Dr Lesley Clark as part of the International Women’s Day 2021, events at JCU. The Pacifi...

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    Language preservation: Doromu-Koki

    Language preservation: Doromu-Koki

    Doromu-Koki is a Papuan language of Central Province, Papua New Guinea, nestled in the Owen Stanley ranges to the southeast of the capital, Port Moresby. It is home to approximately 2,000 speakers; ha...

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    Apply Now: Global Green Business Ideas Competition

    Apply Now: Global Green Business Ideas Competition

    Applications are now open for ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest and most successful cleantech and green business ideas competition. The competition is completely free of charge, and provides...

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    Northern Australian Savanna Fire Forum

    Northern Australian Savanna Fire Forum

    Reported by Rebecca Pearse Holding a virtual forum might not have the buzz and opportunities that emerge from physically networking, spotting faces across the coffee lounge, re kindling or seeding new...

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    Cairns South Community Champions

    Cairns South Community Champions

    A pilot program to encourage community to strengthen and cultivate community champions in Cairns South was recently delivered by the Cairns Institute and PCYC Safer communities. Jennifer McHugh throug...

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    Re-visualising the Past, Imagining the Future: Race, Governance and Development in PNG

    Re-visualising the Past, Imagining the Future: Race, Governance and Development in PNG

    Laurie Bragge’s gift of his personal archive of material concerning his life and work in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to James cook University was astoundingly detailed. Laurie was a "kiap"; patrol of...

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    Delivering research findings to Northern stakeholders

    Delivering research findings to Northern stakeholders

    To finalise remote work and to enable further engagement with remote stakeholders and partners following COVID-19 lockdowns, many projects of the Northern Australia Hub (part of the Australian Governm...

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    Backseat Books

    Backseat Books

    During the COVID lockdown period (April-June 2020) The Cairns Institute, as part of the Cairns South Collective Impact project, brought service providers together through informal online meetings. Thi...

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    Bobikíxh: An international online conference on the Indigenous languages of the Chiquitania

    Bobikíxh: An international online conference on the Indigenous languages of the Chiquitania

    Organizers: José Chuvé, Luca Ciucci, Swintha Danielsen, María Pia Franco, Brittany Hause, Andrey Nikulin, Paula Peña, Ignacio Tomichá, Claudia Vaca....

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    Feral Atlas ranks 15 in Power 100

    Feral Atlas ranks 15 in Power 100

    The London-based magazine ArtReview recently released their annual Power 100 list of the top influencers in the contemporary art world for 2020. The Cairns Institute's theme leader...

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    Celebrating Indigenous Voices

    Celebrating Indigenous Voices

    Every society and every human group thrives on telling stories, legends, and myths. The intricate fabric of every culture is reflected in how people talk to each other, and what they talk about. A leg...

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    Join a multi-institutional team of social scientists contributing to the RRAP

    Join a multi-institutional team of social scientists contributing to the RRAP

    Three opportunities to be involved in this partnership; a multi-institutional team of social scientists contributing to the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP), Community Engagement Subprog...

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    Enhancing Women’s Position in PNG’s Protected Area Network

    Enhancing Women’s Position in PNG’s Protected Area Network

    James Cook University has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea to conduct a Gender Analysis and develop a Gender Action Plan for the Sustainable Financing of PNG...

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    Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene

    Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene

    A digital experiment in multispecies storytelling, has just been released by Stanford University Press as an open access, interactive website.  Feral Atlas invites you to explore the ecolo...

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    Phone and Spear

    Phone and Spear

    Right in time for Open Access week, Phone & Spear by Miyarrka Media has gone digital. It is now available to everyone as on MIT's Knowledge Futures Group platform Pubpub. The book stretc...

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    Call to smarten up Northern Australia’s agricultural supply chains

    Call to smarten up Northern Australia’s agricultural supply chains

    Northern Australia’s agricultural supply chains need an urgent shake up to fully capitalise on the region’s economic development opportunities – a new Cooperative Research Centre for...

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    JCU scoops the pool in national video competition

    JCU scoops the pool in national video competition

    Picking up their cameras to answer the question “What is Anthropology?”, JCU postgraduate students took out two out of three prizes in the Australian Anthropological Society’s E...

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    COVID-19 and Young Australians - The long-term effects of a pandemic

    COVID-19 and Young Australians - The long-term effects of a pandemic

    Don’t take a gap year, stay engaged, work or study, was the advice from University of Melbourne researcher Dr Jenny Chesters for young people wondering what they should be doing to build positiv...

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    Toku Fenua Tuvalu - Project

    Toku Fenua Tuvalu - Project

    Tuvalu is the smallest Pacific Island state, with a population of less than 13,000 people, predominantly Polynesian, located to the north of Fiji and immediately south of Kiribati. The former British ...

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    Mossman Botanic Gardens taking shape

    Mossman Botanic Gardens taking shape

    A new Australian national tropical botanical garden is taking shape in Mossman, north of Port Douglas, with strong links to The Cairns Institute and James Cook University. The Mossman Botanic Garden w...

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    Agricultural futures: growing with technology

    Agricultural futures: growing with technology

    Drought, climate variability, biosecurity, global competition and consumer preferences are some of the greatest challenges facing Australian farmers, their impacts threatening our position among the m...

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    JCU at Istanbul Biennial

    JCU at Istanbul Biennial

    In September last year the 16th Istanbul Biennial officially opened, unveiling its theme of ‘The Seventh Continent’ to a packed room of cameras and international Press. The Cairns Institut...

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    Dances with Cranes

    Dances with Cranes

    Dr Tim Nevard has just joined the Cairns Institute as an Adjunct Professor.  His career has encompassed roles in corporate governance, business development, sustainability, policy and communicati...

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    Clean Growth Choices

    Clean Growth Choices

    Professor Allan Dale has led the Clean Growth Choices project which partnered with USQ, CSIRO and the Eco-Efficiency Group (the Clean Growth Choices Consortium) with funding from Queensland Government...

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    Reuniting a linguistic family: From the ancient Taino of the Caribbean to the modern Tariana of the Brazilian Amazon in the times of COVID 19

    Reuniting a linguistic family: From the ancient Taino of the Caribbean to the modern Tariana of the Brazilian Amazon in the times of COVID 19

    COVID 19 has swept across the world, wreaking havoc and affecting the most vulnerable and unprotected. With a ‘tropical Trump’ for a president and a precarious health care system for those...

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    Examination of the Bradfield inland irrigation scheme

    Examination of the Bradfield inland irrigation scheme

    Professor Allan Dale has been appointed to a three person panel to conduct a comprehensive State government examination of the Bradfield inland irrigation scheme. The panel will be chaired by Professo...

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    Disquiet: Ecological Anxieties & Transformations

    Disquiet: Ecological Anxieties & Transformations

    The knowledge that, every year, millions of tonnes of plastic are discarded into the environment, and that plastic is found everywhere from deep ocean floors to high mountain ranges, gives rise to fee...

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    Cairns South Collective Forum in July

    Cairns South Collective Forum in July

    Led by Professor Allan Dale,the Cairns South Collective Impact Project, continues to connect and collaborate to improve outcomes for children in Cairns South. In July we held a forum including a prese...

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    Ever wondered what our curriculum teaches kids about climate change? The answer is ‘not much’

    Ever wondered what our curriculum teaches kids about climate change? The answer is ‘not much’

    The following article was originally published in The Conversation on 19 September 2019, authored by Cairns Institute Research Fellows, A/Prof Hilary Whitehouse and Ms Larraine Larri.  This story...

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    New book, Pil: Ancestral Stories of the Lihir Islands, launched in Papua New Guinea

    New book, Pil: Ancestral Stories of the Lihir Islands, launched in Papua New Guinea

    A new book by TCI Research Fellow, Dr Kirsty Gillespie has recently been launched in Papua New Guinea. Pil: Ancestral Stories of the Lihir Islands is a collection of seven pil stories in Lihir and Eng...

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    Poor digital inclusion in FNQ is a barrier to economic and social development

    Poor digital inclusion in FNQ is a barrier to economic and social development

    New research by James Cook University explores the need to improve digital connectivity in Far North Queensland agricultural communities. Rural local governments and community organisations also need ...

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    Ironic twist wraps up PhD

    Ironic twist wraps up PhD

    Kristine Van Dinther explored the ethics of end of life decision making by examining the experiences of family members who were engaged with the care of a loved one with terminal cancer. She found tha...

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    The National Family Wellbeing Forum: Sharing stories on the journey to empowerment

    The National Family Wellbeing Forum: Sharing stories on the journey to empowerment

    This is a story about saving lives. It’s a story about regaining control. It’s a story about overturning generations of disempowerment. Above all it’s a story of hope. This is the st...

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    Addressing inclusive and sustainable economic development across a global stage

    Addressing inclusive and sustainable economic development across a global stage

    Approximately half the world’s population lives on the equivalent of US$2 a day with global unemployment rates of 5.7%. There is great need to rethink our social and economic policies aimed at e...

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    Please help us maintain a beautifully restored Kubirri Creek

    Please help us maintain a beautifully restored Kubirri Creek

    On the northern outskirts of Mossman appears a line of riparian vegetation framed against the mountain backdrop. The vegetation is along the banks of Kubirri creek, a small seasonal tributary of the M...

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    Cairns South community come together to make a Collective Impact

    Cairns South community come together to make a Collective Impact

    Late last month, the Collective Impact project group held a workshop to update key stakeholders on the project progress and to also seek input into the update of the 2016 State of the Children Report....

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