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.

Aboriginal Lifeworlds, Conditionality, and Housing Outcomes

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 on Communal Land Titles

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

Overcrowding for Indigenous Households in Non-Remote Areas

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

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