Short course: Natural Resources & Indigenous Livelihoods - 16-20 September

Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin, NT

The short course, titled Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods, explores the connections between natural resource-based enterprise development and local and Indigenous livelihoods, and features a 5-day intensive based in Darwin (16-20 September, 2019) and an overnight field trip to Darwin environs and Kakadu National Park.

Theory is integrated with Australian and international examples with an emphasis on issues pertinent to desert and tropical Australia (including coastal environments). The course will link theory and applied topics, through a combination of lectures, discussions and field-based observation during the 5-day intensive.

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The course and intensive cover six themes:

  1. Indigenous livelihoods and diversification in the context of plant and animal products, land and sea management and marine enterprises
  2. Sustainable harvests and commercial use of natural resources,
  3. Economics, markets and value-chains,
  4. Governance, business models and policy issues,
  5. Communication and marketing approaches,
  6. Community engagement and participation processes and tools

Who should attend?

  • The intensive may be taken as a 5-day short-course on a fee basis by those already working in a related sector with local, Territory, state and national governments, NGOs and community groups in natural resource management.
  • The course is also an accredited specialist elective of the CDU Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) and elective in the third year of the Bachelor Environmental Science and Bachelor of Science and runs over Semester 3 (3 September - 25 November).
  • Cross-institutional enrolments from other universities are very welcome.
  • Maximum 20 participants.

Cost: External participants $990 for tuition and field trip costs. CDU MEM, BES and BSc students $150 for field trip costs (+HECS) (transport, enterprise tour).


Please email Course coordinator Natasha Stacey for a registration form: or call 08 8946 6268.

If you have any queries please contact: 08 8946 6781 | |

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