Elizabeth Grant is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT University and holds an adjunct Associate Professorship at the University of Queensland and Adjunct Professorship at the University of Canberra.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Grant's expertise is research and design consultancy in the field of Indigenous architecture and placemaking, housing and community infrastructure design, institutional environments ( in particular the design of criminal justice and education environments) and design for people with physical and/or psychosocial disability and reform for Indigenous peoples.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Grant's is a Churchill Fellow, has published four books and over 70 papers and serves as a peer reviewer and referee for more than 10 international journals. She is the lead editor of the International Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture (Springer 2018). In 2015, she was honoured with the International Prison and Correctional Association (ICPA) Excellence in Research Award for her work in this area. In 2017, she was invited to submit to three Government inquiries and appointed as an expert witness and participant for closed forums as part of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. In 2018 she has appeared before Ministerial and Senate inquiries into the housing needs of Indigenous peoples living with a disability.In 2018, Grant appeared before the Australian Senate and was appointed as an international expert for the New Zealand Government's Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata Process on the humane design of places of detention for Māori and Pacific Islanders.
Associate Professor Grant is an elected member of Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), a member of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS), the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), the Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC), the Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and a member of the expert panel of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) research group.
Grant has extensive track record–and international pre-eminence–across the field of Indigenous architecture and placemaking. She has been the chief investigator on numerous research projects. She has also led over 20 research consultancies related to responsive and humane design for Indigenous peoples. Grant has an extensive record of working with national and international Government, research, industry, community and in particular, Aboriginal community and organisations.
- 2008 The University of Adelaide, PhD, Architecture
- 2002 The University of Adelaide, Master of Environmental Studies
- 1999 The University of Adelaide, Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies
- 1995 The University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Architectural Studies
- Grant, E.,Heyes, S. (2018). Housing and infrastructure for Aboriginal Peoples living with mental illness and/or psychosocial disability In: Parliament of South Australia's Social Development Committee Inquiry into the provision of services for people with mental illness under the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Barton, Australia
- Woldgabreal, Y.,Day, A.,Mercer, G.,Pharo, H.,Sim, C.,Beard, F.,Hafiz, I.,Fuller, G.,Wang, X.,Grant, E. (2018). Design, Development, and Implementation of a Positive Psychology Psycho-Education Curriculum with Remand Prisoners In: Advancing Corrections Journal, , 117 - 130
- Grant, E. (2018). The forced imposition of architecture: Prison design for Indigenous peoples in the United States of America and Canada In: The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, Springer Singapore, Singapore
- Grant, E.,Greenop, K. (2018). Affirming and reaffirming Indigenous presence: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, public & institutional architecture In: The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, Springer Singapore, Singapore
- Murphy, J.,Grant, E.,Anthony, T. (2018). Indigenous courthouse and courtroom design in Australia: Case studies, design paradigms and cultural agency In: The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, Springer Singapore, Singapore
- Grant, E.,Zillante, G.,Srivastava, A.,Tually, S.,Chong, A. (2017). Housing and Indigenous People living with a disability: Lived experiences of housing and community infrastructure (AHURI Positioning Paper No. 168) In: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Melbourne, Australia
- Grant, E.,Lulham, R.,Naylor, B. (2017). The use of segregation for children in Australian youth detention systems: An argument for prohibition In: Advancing Corrections Journal, , 117 - 136
- Grant, E.,Harman, K. (2017). Inventing a Colonial Dark History: The Derby Boab 'Prison' Tree In: The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism, Palgrave Macmillan UK, United Kingdom
- Grant, E. (2016). Designing carceral environments for Indigenous Prisoners: A comparison of approaches in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, The US and Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) In: Advancing Corrections, , 26 - 47
- Grant, E. (2016). An International Overview of the Initiatives to accommodate Indigenous Prisoners In: Handbook on Prisons, Routledge, United Kingdom