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.

From Disadvantage to Success? Indigenous Participation in Urban Marketplace

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

Public Finance Management for Improved Indigenous Governance

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

Strengthening Indigenous Governance in Bolivia Through Mining

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

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