The Cairns Institute (TCI)

James Cook University

Around half of the world’s population and 80 per cent of the planet’s animal and plant species, live in the tropics. From economic and educational deprivation to disease, loss of culture and the impacts of climate change, the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the tropical zones of the world are immense. The Institute’s location in tropical North Queensland and close proximity to neighbouring countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, places it at the epicentre of economic, environmental and cultural change. In this most dynamic of regions, the Institute is committed to understanding and informing the processes of transformation that will shape communities’ and environments’ future wellbeing. Bringing together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, The Cairns Institute is a robust and vibrant hub of research, capacity building and public debate in the tropics, for the tropics.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
McGregor Road, Building D3, Smithfield QLD 4878

Strengths and capabilities

  • Governance and political innovation
  • Education and capacity building
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander futures
  • Language and culture
  • Regional economic development
  • Social justice and community wellbeing
  • Sustainable international development
  • Tropical planning, resource development and design

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