Research Projects

Northern Territory

David’s research work in the Northern Territory focuses on the development of sustainable housing programs – particularly in Darwin and Alice Springs ‘town camp’ communities. He co-wrote a report, commissioned by Yilli Rreung Aboriginal Corporation, titled ‘Visions for Bagot Village’ outlining significant improvements to the facilities and housing in the community.


Pilbara, Western Australia

The Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara supports David’s interest in sustainable Indigenous housing policy and outcomes. Gumala have partnered with the University of Melbourne to develop a holistic community strategy based on best practice housing, education and health outcomes. Significant and on-going community consultation is of paramount importance to our research. The co-authored report ‘Our Place: Re-Imagining Indigenous Housing’ argues for community empowerment in decision-making as well as ‘sweat equity’ in the realization of the built outcomes.


Isaan Region, Thailand

David’s Thai based research has been supported by the Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Fellowship, an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award and funding from the Australia/Thai Institute. In 2005 he lived in northern Thailand to complete his PhD thesis Global ideas and local practices: Unearthing the 'glocal' in Thailand’s low-cost housing market. He has worked with local community groups as well as partners including Population and Community Development Association, Thammasat University, Silpakorn University, Kasetsart University and Chiang Mai University.


Aceh Province, Indonesia

David’s work in Indonesia’s Aceh province is funded by the New York architectural firm Rafael Vinoly Architects. The project investigates resident’s modifications to the houses built by reconstruction agencies working in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. The project tests for ways to improve the provision of disaster relief and the ways to improve the environmental, cultural and spatial sustainability of housing in the aftermath of disasters.


Research and Project Grants