Dr Elizabeth Grant

Elizabeth Grant
Senior Research Fellow
Office of Academic and Student Engagement
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Dr. Elizabeth Grant is an architectural anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow with a distinguished record in the field of Indigenous architecture with specialist interest in the design of institutional environments for Indigenous peoples.

Elizabeth Grant's research interests include Indigenous architecture, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander architecture and environments, Aboriginal housing and homelessness, Indigenous children's learning and play environments, prison, court and other design for the criminal justice arena and culturally sustainable design. She is interested in ascertaining congruence or 'fit' between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' behaviours and cultural norms and the design of physical environments.

Dr Grant has three decades of experience of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, in urban, rural and remote communities to achieve outcomes for the built environment. She continues to consult to national and international architectural and engineering firms, government and Indigenous organisations working with Indigenous users using participatory planning techniques, preparing Indigenous design briefs, providing recommendations based on evidence based research and working with design professionals for major and smaller infrastructure and planning projects to achieve award winning designed environments which are beautiful, exceptional and meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users.

Elizabeth Grant is recognised as an international expert on the design of Indigenous custodial environments. Her doctoral research examined Aboriginal people's preference for prison environments and was the first empirical study of its type and examines preference and congruence as a mechanism to negative behaviours in prison environments. It was completed jointly through the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at the University of Queensland. She has worked as a consultant on many Australian and international prison planning projects and her work has led to major changes in the way prisons, courts and other environments are conceptualised and designed for Indigenous users. Dr Grant is a recipient of a number of competitive grants and research excellence awards including being named as a Churchill Fellow (2008) and receiving the prestigious International Corrections and Prison Association (ICPA) Excellence in Research Award (2015) for her pioneering work.

Dr Grant has established an online resource - Indigenous Architecture - to freely share past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander architectural, landscape architecture and design projects. To access use the following link: www.facebook.com/IndigenousArchitecture

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Dr Elizabeth Grant

Dr. Elizabeth Grant is an architectural anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow with a distinguished record in the field of Indigenous architecture with specialist interest in the design of institutional environments for Indigenous peoples.

Elizabeth Grant's research interests include Indigenous architecture, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander architecture and environments, Aboriginal housing and homelessness, Indigenous children's learning and play environments, prison, court and other design for the criminal justice arena and culturally sustainable design. She is interested in ascertaining congruence or 'fit' between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' behaviours and cultural norms and the design of physical environments.

Dr Grant has three decades of experience of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, in urban, rural and remote communities to achieve outcomes for the built environment. She continues to consult to national and international architectural and engineering firms, government and Indigenous organisations working with Indigenous users using participatory planning techniques, preparing Indigenous design briefs, providing recommendations based on evidence based research and working with design professionals for major and smaller infrastructure and planning projects to achieve award winning designed environments which are beautiful, exceptional and meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users.

Elizabeth Grant is recognised as an international expert on the design of Indigenous custodial environments. Her doctoral research examined Aboriginal people's preference for prison environments and was the first empirical study of its type and examines preference and congruence as a mechanism to negative behaviours in prison environments. It was completed jointly through the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at the University of Queensland. She has worked as a consultant on many Australian and international prison planning projects and her work has led to major changes in the way prisons, courts and other environments are conceptualised and designed for Indigenous users. Dr Grant is a recipient of a number of competitive grants and research excellence awards including being named as a Churchill Fellow (2008) and receiving the prestigious International Corrections and Prison Association (ICPA) Excellence in Research Award (2015) for her pioneering work.

Dr Grant has established an online resource - Indigenous Architecture - to freely share past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander architectural, landscape architecture and design projects. To access use the following link: www.facebook.com/IndigenousArchitecture

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2013 Senior Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
2012 - 2013 Director of Studies & Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
2007 - 2012 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
2000 - 2007 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
1999 - 2000 Lecturer Flinders University

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2015 International Corrections and Prison Association Excellence in Research 2015 Award International Corrections and Prisons Assocation
2015 - 2015 Visiting Scholar, Prison Research Centre, The University of Cambridge The University of Cambridge
2012 Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Critical Inquiry Research Group, Federation University, Australia.
2012 National Centre for Indigenous Excellence - Scholarship in Aboriginal Housing
2010 Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, The University of Queensland.
2008 Churchill Fellowship

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
The University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies
The University of Adelaide & The University of Queensland Australia PhD (Architecture)
The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Mawson Graduate Centre for Environmental Studies, The University of Adelaide Australia Masters in Environmental Studies

Research Interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information and Knowledge Systems, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Anthropology, Architectural Design, Architecture, History and Theory of the Built Environment, Human Factors, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Grant, E. & Harman, K. (2017). Dark tourism, Aboriginal imprisonment and the ‘prison tree’ that wasn’t. The Conversation, March 28, -.
2017 Grant, E., Lulham, R. & Naylor, B. (2017). The use of segregation for children in Australian youth detention systems: An argument for prohibition. Advancing Corrections, 3, 117-136.
2016 Grant, E. (2016). The architecture of detention: why design matters. Architecture Australia, 105, 5, 49-50.
2016 Grant, E. (2016). Conveying Sacred Knowledge through Contemporary Architectural Design: The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1, 1, 199-199. 10.21834/e-bpj.v1i1.216
2016 Grant, E. M. (2016). Designing carceral environments for Indigenous prisoners: a comparison of approaches in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, the US and Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat). Advancing Corrections Journal, 1, 26-47.
2016 Anthony, T. & Grant, E. (2016). Courthouse design principles to dignify spaces for Indigenous users: observations. International Journal for Court Administration, 8, 1, 43-59. 10.18352/ijca.217
2016 Grant, E., Zillante, G., Tually, S., Chong, A., Srivastava, A., Lester, L. ... Beer, A. (2016). Housing and Indigenous people living with a disability: lived experiences of housing and community infrastructure. AHURI Positioning Paper, 168, 1-89.
2015 Grant, E. M. & Anthony, T. (2015). Kununurra Courthouse. Inside: interior design review, -.
2015 Grant, E. & Jewkes, Y. (2015). Finally fit for purpose: the evolution of Australian prison architecture. The Prison Journal, 95, 2, 223-243. 10.1177/0032885515575274
2014 Grant, E. M. & Paddick, S. (2014). Aboriginal women in the Australian prison system. Right Now: Human Rights in Australia, Sep, -.
2014 Harman, K. & Grant, E. M. (2014). 'Impossible to detain ... without chains'? The use of restraints on Aboriginal people in policing and prisons. History Australia, 11, 3, 157-176.
2014 Grant, E. M., Chong, A., Zillante, G., Beer, A. & Srivastava, A. (2014). The NDIS, housing and Indigenous Australians living with a disability. Parity, 27, 5, 25-26.
2013 Grant, E. (2013). Approaches to the design and provision of prison accommodation and facilities for Australian Indigenous prisoners after the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 17, 1, 47-55.
2013 Grant, E. & Jewkes, Y. (2013). More important than guns or grog: The role of television for the health and wellbeing of Australian Aboriginal prisoners. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 25, 2, 667-683.
2013 Grant, E. (2013). "Pack 'em, stack 'em and rack 'em": the reuse and reuse of shipping containers for prison accommodation. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 13, 2, 35-44.
2013 Grant, E. M. (2013). Innovation in meeting the needs of indigenous inmates in Australia. Corrections Today, 75, 4, 52-57.
2013 Grant, E. (2013). “Pack 'em, rack 'em and stack 'em”: the appropriateness of the use and reuse of shipping containers for prison accommodation. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 13, 2, 35-44. 10.5130/ajceb.v13i2.3269
2013 Grant, E. & Hobbs, P. (2013). West Kimberley Regional Prison. Architecture Australia, 102, 4, 74-84.
2012 Davidson, J., Go-Sam, C., Memmott, P. & Grant, E. (2012). Building new houses in remote Indigenous communities. AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin, Issue 152, pp. 4-.
2012 Grant, E., Hansen, A. & Williamson, T. (2012). Design issues for prisoner health: thermal conditions in Australian custodial environments. World Health Design: architecture, culture, techology, 5, 3, 80-85.
2011 Davidson, J., Memmott, P., Go-Sam, C. & Grant, E. (2011). Remote Indigenous housing procurement: a comparative study. AHURI Final Report, 167, i-xiii, 1-143.
2010 Grant, E. (2010). Speaking from the Heart: Stories of Life, Family and Country. Pacific Affairs, 83, 1, 206-207.
2009 Grant, E. (2009). Port Augusta courts. Architecture Australia, 98, 5, 86-90.
2008 Grant, E. (2008). Prison environments and the needs of Australian Aboriginal prisoners: a South Australian case study. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 12, 2, 66-80.
2008 Grant, E. & Memmott, P. (2008). The case for single cells and alternative ways of viewing custodial accommodation for Australian Aboriginal peoples. Flinders Journal of Law Reform, 10, 3, 631-646.
2007 Grant, E. & Memmott, P. (2007). The journey so far: Aboriginal housing in South Australia. Place, 2, 7, 6-13.
2006 Grant, E. (2006). The 'Blackster' solution. Place, 2, 2, 6-11.
2006 Grant, E. (2006). Mobilong Independent Living Units: New Innovations in Australian Prison Architecture. Corrections Today, 68, 3, 58-61.
2005 Grant, E. (2005). Duplex Jail. Place, 1, 4, 12-15.
2000 Walliss, J. & Grant, E. (2000). Recognising the need for specific cultural awareness education for future design professionals. Architectural Theory Review, 5, 1, 65-68. 10.1080/13264820009478388

Books

Year Citation
2017 Grant, E., Zillante, G., Srivastava, A., Tually, S. & Chong, A. (2017). Housing and Indigenous disability: lived experiences of housing and
community infrastructure. AHURI Final Report No. 283. A. Badenhorst (Ed.) Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2017 Grant, E. & Harman, K. (2017). Inventing a colonial dark tourism site: the Derby Boab "Prison Tree". In J. Wilson, S. Hodgkinson, J. Piché & K. Walby (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism (pp. 735-759). London: Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1057/978-1-137-56135-0_35
2016 Grant, E. M. (2016). An International Overview of the Initiatives to accommodate Indigenous Prisoners. In Y. Jewkes, B. Crewe & J. Bennett (Eds.), Handbook on Prisons (pp. 340-358). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315797779
2016 Grant, E. M. (2016). Port Augusta Courts, Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia. In A. Pieris (Ed.), Indigenous Cultural Centers and Museums: An Illustrated International Survey (pp. 204-209). USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc..
2014 Grant, E. M. (2014). The incarceration of Australian Aboriginal women and children. In P. Ashton & J. Wilson (Eds.), Silent system : forgotten Australians and the institutionalisation of women and children (pp. 43-56). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
2007 Grant, E. & Memmott, P. (2007). Forty years of Aboriginal housing, public and community housing in South Australia from 1967 to 2007. In Reflections: 40 years on from the 1967 Referendum (pp. 79-98). South Australia: Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2015 Grant, E. M. (2015). Conveying sacred knowledge through contemporary architectural design: the Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre. Asia Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies (AicE-Bs2015). Barcelona, Spain.
2015 Grant, E. M. (2015). International approaches to the accommodation of Indigenous prisoners. Prisons 2015. Melbourne, Vic..
2014 Grant, E. M. (2014). Prisons for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: meeting physical and mental health needs.. 5th Annual Correctional Services Healthcare Conference. Melbourne, Vic..
2013 Grant, E. M. (2013). Designing for thermal comfort in prisons. 5th Prison Planning, Design, Construction and Maintenance Conference. Melbourne, Vic..
2006 Grant, E. (2006). 'Softening' the Aboriginal prison experience through architecture: emerging trends in restorative or ameliorative Aboriginal prison environments. International Symposium on Environment, Behaviour and Society. Sydney.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2017 Grant, E. (2017). The use of segregation for children & youth: Applying theoretical understandings to current practice. 6th National Juvenile Justice Summit. Sydney, N. S. W..
2016 Grant, E. (2016). Culture & architecture in the prison: Prison Environments for Indigenous Prisoners: International comparisons of prisons in Australia, Greenland, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and the US. The American Society of Criminology 72nd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
2016 Grant, E. (2016). Public Art within the Architecture of Prisons: A Discussion of National and International Public Art Projects, Prisons 2016, 23rd - 24th August, Melbourne.. 2016 Prisons Conference. Sydney.
2016 Grant, E. (2016). ‘Inventing' a Colonial Dark History: The Derby Boab 'Prison' Tree. The American Society of Criminology 72nd Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
2015 Grant, E. M. & Athony, T. (2015). Recent developments in Australian place-based courts for Indigenous users. 28th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC). Adelaide, South Australia.
2015 Grant, E. M. (2015). 'Build Beautiful Prisons' TedX Adelaide Talk, 21st November, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide. Adelaide.
2015 Grant, E. M. (2015). Designing carceral environments for Indigenous prisoners: a comparison of approaches in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and Greenland. The International Corrections and Prisons Association 17th Annual General Meeting and Conference. Melbourne.
2015 Grant, E. M. (2015). Determing cell size and overcrowding measures for custodial environments. The International Corrections and Prisons Association 17th Annual General Meeting and Conference,. Melbourne.
2014 Grant, E., Colbung, M. & Green, I. (2014). Taikurrendi children and family centre, Christies Beach. Annual Conference of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Australasia. Adelaide.
2014 Colbung, M., Grant, E. M. & Green, I. (2014). Case studies of inclusiveness: planning and design of Gabmididi Manoo, Taikurrendi and Ceduna Aboriginal children and family centres. 13th Australia Institute of Family Studies Conference (AIFS). Melbourne, Vic..
2011 Grant, E., Rowden, E. & Taitz, M. (2011). Evaluating the cultural responsiveness of the design of an Aboriginal Court Complex for Aboriginal Users: Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Port Augusta Court Complex. Annual Conference of Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Victoria, Australia.
2011 Grant, E. (2011). From Nagle to now: developments in Australian prison architecture. Annual Conference of Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Victoria, Australia.
2006 Grant, E. (2006). The right to 'safe' accommodation: rights and obligations to a standard for prison accomodation. Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Hobart, Tasmania.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2017 Grant, E. M., Naylor, B. & Lulham, R., (2017). The segregation & isolation of children and young people in the Victorian Juvenile Justice System: Rethinking a flawed system: Submission to the Inquiry into Youth Justice Centres in Victoria,,
2016 Grant, E. M., (2016). Indigenous Considerations pertinent to the design process of the New Grafton Correctional Centre Project, Preliminary Report to Watpac Construction Pty Ltd,Adelaide,
2016 Grant, E. M., (2016). The use of segregation for children in the Northern Territory Youth Detention System: Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory,
2015 Grant, E. M., Green, I. & Colbung, M., (2015). Architecture for Aboriginal children and families: a post occupancy evaluation of the Taikurrendi, Gabmididi Manoo and Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centres, Adelaide, S.A.,
2011 Grant, E., (2011). Ceduna Aboriginal Children and Family Centre: Indigenous Design Considerations. Report to Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (South Australia). 106p.,
2011 Grant, E., (2011). Christies Beach Aboriginal Children and Family Centre: Indigenous Design Considerations. Report to Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (South Australia). 84p.,
2011 Grant, E., (2011). Indigenous design considerations in the design of the Northern Territory Secure Facilities PPP Project. Report to Capella Capital, January 2011, University of Adelaide,
2011 Grant, E., (2011). Whyalla Aboriginal Children and Family Centre: Indigenous Design Considerations. Report to Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (South Australia). 86p.,
2009 Williamson, T., Grant, E., Hansen, A., Pisaniello, D. & Andamon, M., (2009). An investigation of potential health benefits from increasing energy efficiency stringency requirements: Building Code of Australia volumes one & two, University of Adelaide,
2009 Grant, E., (2009). Churchill Fellowship 2008: To investigate correctional facilities for Indigenous prisoners New Zealand, Canada & Denmark, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust,
2008 Grant, E. M., (2008). South Australian Prison Project Early Test Fit Identification of 20 Key Issues,
2008 Grant, E. M., (2008). Aboriginal Considerations pertinent to the Design Process of the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison Project, Stage One Report,
2008 Grant, E. M., (2008). Indigenous Issues in the South Australian Prison Project,
2007 Grant, E. M. & Memmott, P., (2007). Report of the Proceedings of Masterplanning Workshops for Northern Territory Prison Facilities, Report to the Northern Territory Department of Planning and Infrastructure and Northern Territory Correctional Services, Darwin.,
2006 Grant, E. M. & Payne, P., (2006). Scoping Study – Adelaide Gaol. Report to the History Trust of South Australia,

Original Creative Works

Year Citation
2017 Grant, E. M., (2017). Statement for Ms. Dhu - Elizabeth Grant, Statements for Ms Dhu to mark Survival Day, Perth, First Nations Deaths in Custody Watch Committee,

Theses

Year Citation
2008 Grant, E. M.; (2008); Towards Safer and more Congruent Prison Environments for Aboriginal Prisoners: A South Australian Study.;
1999 Grant, E. M.; (1999); Aboriginal Housing In South Australia, An Overview of Housing at Oak Valley, Maralinga Tjarutja;

Internet Publications

Year Citation
2015 Grant, E. M.; (2015); The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre;

2014 -17  Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (Category 1) ($186,000) Housing and Indigenous disability: Lived experiences of housing and community infrastructure. Chief Investigators: Dr Elizabeth Grant & Professor George Zillante.

2010 -12 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) (Category 1) ($214,000) Project Title: Remote Indigenous housing procurement and post occupancy outcomes: A comparative study. Chief Investigators: Professor Paul Memmott, Dr Elizabeth Grant & Professor Mark Moran.

  • People-environment studies
  • Cross-cultural design
  • Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System
  • Architecture
  • Criminology
  • Aboriginal Architecture and Design
  • Aboriginal Spaces and Places
  • Indigenous Architecture,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Architecture,
  • Aboriginal housing,
  • Aboriginal homelessness,
  • Criminology,
  • Architecture
  • Prison, court and criminal justice design,
  • Cross-cultural design,
  • Indigenous institutional design,
  • Indigenous educational design,
  • Custodial design,
  • Penal architectural history,
  • Prison Architecture,
  • People - Environments,
  • Environments - Behaviour.

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2013 - ongoing Member Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) United States
2013 - ongoing Member Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Australia
2008 - ongoing Member Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
2000 - ongoing Member Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies
2000 - ongoing Member International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS)
2000 - ongoing Member Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2016 - ongoing Director Aboriginal Prisoners and Offenders Support Service Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Advancing Corrections United States

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2012 - ongoing Elected Fellow Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Australia
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Phone
83134908
Fax
8313 3650
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Horace Lamb Building
Room Number
2 011
Org Unit
Office of Academic and Student Engagement

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