Indigenous house utilisation and crowding: Data from the NATSISS 2008


This paper was presented by Paul Memmott and Kelly Greenop at the 'Social Science Perspectives on the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey' conference, 11-12 April 2001, The Australian National University, Canberra. The session title was 'Crime and Housing'.

The research underlying this paper was conducted by Paul Memmott, Kelly Greenop, Carroll Go-Sam, Andrew Clarke, Christina Birdsall-Jones, Vanessa Corunna, and Mark Western.

Paul Memmott is an anthropologist and architect and is Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Queensland (School of Architecture and Institute for Social Science Research). Paul was the principal of a research consultancy practice in Aboriginal projects during 1980 to 2008, which provided specialised services to Aboriginal organisations and government departments throughout Australia. Current research in the AERC addresses social problems of housing design, crowding, homelessness and family violence in both metropolitan and remote parts of Indigenous Australia. The AERC maintains research linkages with other scholars in New Zealand and the Pacific Rim who are addressing Indigenous issues.

Kelly Greenop completed a Bachelor of Architecture at The University of Queensland in 1996, with a major theme of her study being Indigenous place and architecture in Australia. Kelly is nearing completion of her PhD at the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland, which examines the relationship between Indigenous people and place in urban Brisbane through a case study of Inala, an Indigenous ‘centre’ in Brisbane’s south-western suburbs. She has undertaken fieldwork with Indigenous people in urban areas of south east Queensland since 2005.

Concluding commentary is by Alastair Greig, Lecturer in Sociology, ANU.

An audio recording and presentation slides from the session can be downloaded below.


Date & time

Tue 12 Apr 2011, 12.30–2pm


Haydon-Allen Tank, The Australian National University, Canberra.


Paul Memmott, Kelly Greenop

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