James Cook University (JCU) is a leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, worldwide. A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics.

As a comprehensive university in the tropics, JCU is well placed to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations to meet these challenges.

Of particular strategic importance is the research undertaken on issues of importance to industry, government and the broader community in northern Queensland and more broadly in tropical Australia. The role of JCU research is central to the region’s future, and its importance is acknowledged by both State and Federal Government and by businesses and organisations across Queensland.

The School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) is committed to research which seeks to understand and address priority areas; advance Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander knowledge; and enhance the wellbeing of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and Indigenous Peoples internationally, with a focus on Indigenous peoples in the tropics.