Dr Paul Memmottís research interests are in Aboriginal Environments (Indigenous people-environment relations, Indigenous housing and settlement research, Sociospatial planning and policy for Indigenous groups, Indigenous social problem research, Native title, land rights and cultural heritage).
Associate Professor Paul Memmott is an architect and an anthropologist with over 30 years experience in the field of Indigenous person-environment relations. He is currently Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) located in the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland, which maintains a national focus on Indigenous housing and settlement research.
Dr Paul Memmott is also Principal of the consulting firm Paul Memmott and Associates (PMA), which is based in Brisbane and operates in close association with the AERC. The firm specialises in consulting on Aboriginal projects and has had a long track record of involvement in Aboriginal housing practice and research (since 1972). PMA personnel have extensive experience working on projects across five States and Territories that include architectural, anthropological and social planning aspects.
Dr Memmott is the author of six books, over 100 published papers and over 200 technical reports for clients ranging from Indigenous organisations, to state and federal governments. Two recent projects embarked upon include writing Indigenous Settlements of Australia, a Technical Paper in the Environment Australia series Australia: State of the Environment 2001, and chief authorship of Violence in Indigenous Communities, a report to the Commonwealth Attorney Generalís Departmentís National Crime Prevention unit reviewing violence prevention programs nationwide. Dr Memmott was the principal author of the Long Grassers Strategic Report on Indigenous homelessness in Darwin. During 2002-03 he carried out national research on Indigenous homelessness and public place dwelling for FaCS and AHURI.