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RMIT University

Melbourne, Australia
Joined February 2021

RMIT University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia with campuses in Vietnam and the Europe.

Presence in: Australia, Spain, Vietnam
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice

RMIT embraces the task of extending the benefits of a fast-innovating, high-skill knowledge economy to our whole community and our world. We are dedicated to helping shape a new urban and industrial renaissance in the global economy.

We are driven by impact and focused on the challenges and opportunities emerging around us. As the world economy transforms, we have a responsibility to make the resulting changes work for the whole of society.

Our distinctive approach to connected education and research links creative ideas with technical knowledge.  RMIT understands how to do this during a period of deep technological change.

RMIT began helping people and organisations make the transition to an industrial society more than a century ago. RMIT remains a meeting place for people from diverse origins, a place of exchange and dialogue, creative conflict and collaboration where knowledge and skills are applied to create new understanding and value.

Today, we embrace the challenge of helping to shape a new urban and industrial renaissance in a global economy.

The innovation and pace of change now underway is immense. New industries are being created while others are destroyed. Yet more are being transformed and renewed. The mass factories of the past are being replaced by clusters of production centred around new knowledge, technology, skills and creativity. Students, workers and institutions need entrepreneurship and teamwork to adapt and succeed.

We are passionately committed to growing interdisciplinary expertise and creative thinking, together with practical application and problem-solving directly relevant to the lives of the communities we serve.

Our commitment to serving students from all backgrounds is equally strong. This includes a responsibility to lead in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to ensure access and effective support for all students, and to embracing the global diversity and talent of all our students and staff.

People Associated With This Organization

Elizabeth Grant

Australia  
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
Elizabeth Grant is the network champion (main point of contact) for RMIT University.

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