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Professor Paul Memmott

BArch(Hons),PhD (Queensland)

Elected: 2014

Discipline: Anthropology

Specialisation: Architectural anthropology, Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander social problems, indigenous people-environment studies, Aboriginal land tenure and Native Title


Professor Paul Memmott is an anthropologist/architect and Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC), a research and resource centre based in UQ’s School of Architecture, with staffing and logistical support from the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). The AERC has been constructed within the theoretical framework of behaviour-environment studies and environmental psychology that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. Paul’s major research interests are in architectural anthropology and material culture, Aboriginal housing and institutional architecture, Indigenous homelessness and public place dwelling, Indigenous family violence and suicide, and Indigenous geography of place and cultural landscape.


Professor, University of Queensland


Life Fellow Australian Institute of Architecture
Fellow Australian Anthropological Society
Stanner Award of AIATSIS, 2008
Bates Smart Award of RAIA, 2008
Australian Award for University Teaching (Indigenous Eductation) 2009


1. Memmott, P. 2007 Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley: The Aboriginal Architecture of Australia, Unversity of Queensland Press, St Lucia.
2. Memmott, P. 1983 “Social Structure and Use of Space amongst the Lardil”, in Peterson, N. & Langton, M. (eds) Aborigines, Land and Land Rights, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Canberra, pp. 33-65.
3. Memmott, P. 1991 Humpy, House and Tin Shed – Aboriginal Settlement History on the Darling River, Ian Buchan Fellow Research Centre, Department of Architecture, University of Sydney.
4. Memmott, P. Davidson, J. 2008 “Exploring a Cross-Cultural Theory of Architecture”, in AlSayyad, N. (ed) Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Journal of International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Vol. XIX, No. 11, Spring, pp. 51-68.
5. Memmott, P. Stacy, R., Chambers, C. & Keys, C. 2001 Violence in Indigenous Communities: Full Report, The Crime Prevention Branch, Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra.


Website: http://www.issr.uq.edu.au/staff/memmott-paul
Email: p.memmott [at] uq.edu.au

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