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Elizabeth Grant

RMIT University
Joined February 2021
Interests: Criminal Justice, Family, Women's Rights
Professor Elizabeth Grant, CF is an architectural anthropologist, criminologist and academic with a distinguished record in the field of Indigenous architecture with specialist interests in the design of institutional environments and reform for Indigenous peoples. Grant also holds honorary professorships at the Universities of Queensland and Canberra. Professor Grant is 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. This work has had a major impact on the way prisons and prison housing for Indigenous prisoners are designed both in Australia and internationally. The application of her evidence-based research has led to greater understandings of the needs of Indigenous prisoners by correctional agencies, architects and others and the development and adoption of documents such as the Minimum Standards and the design of the award winning, West Kimberley Regional Prison Project. Grant has spent over a decade conducting cutting-edge evidence based research. She has published extensively on the topic of prison environments, while tackling issues such as the implementation and monitoring of OPCAT, overcrowding, temperature control, ligature points, decarcereration and conditions for women and children, human rights and other factors affecting the prison experience.

Professor Grant is a Churchill Fellow, has published four books and over 70 papers. She is the lead editor of the International Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture (Springer 2018) and has contributed her expertise to Royal Commissions, National and International forums, government inquiries and legal proceedings. Other research interests include: Human rights and architecture
Indigenous architecture
Aboriginal housing
Prison design
Human Rights and Prisoners
Disability and Indigenous Housing

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