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
- 2017 Thamarrurr Development Corporation ‘Wadeye Cultural Hub’ ($70,000)
- 2017 Hallmark Indigenous Research Initiative ‘Wadeye Cultural Hub’ ($40,000)
- 2016 PNG Heads of Mission Direct Aid Program ’Sipaia Ablutions Facility and Training’ ($40,000)
- 2016 Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation ‘Wave Hill Walk-off Pavilions’ ($70,000)
- 2015 MacDonnell Regional Council ‘Community Infrastructure – Areyonga and Amoonguna’ ($25,000)
- 2014 PNG Heads of Mission Direct Aid Program ’Suanum Neo-natal Clinic and Ablutions Facility’ ($40,000)
- 2014 MacDonnell Regional Council ‘Community Infrastructure – Titjikala’ ($15,000)
- 2013 Belyuen Community Council ‘Community Infrastructure’ ($15,000)
- 2012 PNG Heads of Mission Direct Aid Program ‘Bumbu Ablutions Facility’ ($120,000)
- 2012 Gumala Aboriginal Corporations ‘Our Place – Re-Imagining Indigenous Housing’ ($62,000)
- 2012 Yilli Rreung Aboriginal Corporations ‘Visions for Bagot Village’ ($30,000)
- 2012 Gumala Aboriginal Corporations ‘Bellary Springs Community Health Centre’ ($500,000)
- 2011 Gumala Aboriginal Corporations ‘0-5 Early Learning Centre’ Wakathuni ($500,000)
- 2010 FaHCSIA ‘Media Box’ Gudorrka & Knuckeys Lagoon ($260,000)
- 2010 AusAID ‘Bumbu & Serongko Shelter/Drinking Water Project’ ($40,000)
- 2009 FaHCSIA ‘House Renovation’ Gudorrka ($50,000)
- 2009 Rafael Vinoly Architects Research Grant ‘Transformation of Post-Disaster Housing: The Case of Aceh, Indonesia’ ($60,000)
- 2008 Strategic Research Initiative Fund, University of Melbourne, ‘Indigenous Housing: The Sustainable Alternative’ ($25,000)
- 2007 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia/Thailand Institute Research Grant, ‘Sustainable and adaptable housing prototypes for Thailand’s rural communities’ ($16,000)