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.

Frontline Adaptive Practice in Complex Indigenous Contexts

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

Aboriginal Responses to Climate Change

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

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

Remote Indigenous Housing Procurement and Past-Occupancy Outcomes

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

Pathways out of Homelessness for Rough Sleepers

A central aim of the Australian Governmen't homeless initiatives and the National Partnership Agreements on homelessness is to offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it by 2020. In order to advance this objective, programs are being introduced in all major capital... Read more

Developing Effective Services in Response to Indigenous Homelessness

This project is designed to provide a research evidence base to inform service and practice responses to homeless and public-place dwelling Indigenous people, including rough sleepers. It will involve identification and critical analysis of a number of different types of service responses to public... Read more

Models of Supporting Housing Evaluation

The proposed study will evaluate the effectiveness of models of supportive housing. Focusing on models with both onsite support in congregated forms and dispersed housing with support provided through outreach, it examines how different models operate, particularly the integration of support,... Read more

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

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