Improved practical outcomes
Indigenous issues are embedded across all research clusters. The Institute works closely with the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC), which is hosted by the School of Architecture, within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.
The AERC is a nationally-recognised multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching into the culture, environment, housing and architecture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Both the AERC and the Institute use strength-based approaches that:
- Acknowledge the existing socioeconomic strengths of communities,
- Are based on evidence of successful practice and results,
- Build constructive collaborations to address prevalent inter-cultural social problems,
- Seek new economic enterprises for remote area and rural groups, and
- Promote self-determination and quality of life of Indigenous people.
Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.
This research project aims to develop a sound evidence base and a pragmatic understanding of the realities of policy implementation on the ground in Indigenous Affairs. It aims to better understand how frontline workers (volunteers and employees of Indigenous organisations, NGOs, private... Read more
The importance of economic development to Indigenous self-determination cannot be underscored - through employment and entrepreneurship; individuals are attempting to succeed economically and culturally in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contexts. Close to three quarters of Australia's... Read more
The terms and conditions under which public finance is directed into the territories of local governance – community associations, elected local governments, organisations rooted in custom, local ethnic or other identities – can powerfully affect the orientation and capabilities people... Read more
Despite inherent challenges and instabilities, Bolivians recognise that the exploitation of natural resources could equate to development opportunities for its majority Indigenous population. A number of small mining companies are actively exploring opportunities to support Indigenous... Read more
The Street to Home initiative seeks to target people experiencing chronic homelessness and rough sleeping and support them through a transition towards stable housing. This project proposes to evaluate the Street to Home initiative. The evaluation task requires an appraisal at the level of the... Read more
This study takes an interior arid-zone region as a pilot study in which to investigate, document and generate planning principles concerning Aboriginal perceptions and knowledge of climate change, and regional community capacity to respond and adapt to climate change at a number of levels,... Read more
This study addresses the issues of obtaining an optimum balance between conditionality (especially tenancy rules and duties) and preserving Indigenous social capital, so as to enable an effective ‘recognition space’ between tenants’ life values and housing managers’ rule... Read more
Indigenous home ownership has been a growing poloicy issue on governmental agendas, since at least 2001 when the Commonwealth, State and Territory Housing Ministers adopted their policy ‘Building a Better Future: Indigenous Housing to 2010’. The research will inform Indigenous home... Read more
Our research aim is to build an Aboriginal model of crowding and then to test its veracity and application to Aboriginal crowding in non-remote settings, and in so doing uncover salient dimensions and properties of Aboriginal crowding. It is expected these findings may inform and refine definitions... Read more
This research proposes to make a comparative study of differing housing procurement approaches and their related outcomes that have been carried out in a number of selected remote communities in Aboriginal Australia during the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. Aboriginal housing procurement is the... Read more