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 History


The Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) is a largely, self-supporting resource and research centre based in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland (Australia).

It was originally established in 1976 as the 'Aboriginal Data Archive' (ADA), which was subtitled "Australian Aborigines and Their Ethno-Environment". The ADA's resources were gradually built up throughout the 1970s and 80s by Dr Paul Memmott, who operated a consulting practice in Aboriginal projects, and would recycle practice profits into compiling and cataloguing these varied materials.

In 1993, the nature of services offered by this Unit had evolved to such a point that the decision was made to expand it into a Research Centre entitled the 'Aboriginal Environments Research Centre' or AERC. The Centre was formally recognised by the University of Queensland as deserving 'Category 1' status in 1995. In early 1997, Dr Paul Memmott was appointed by the University to a quarter-time Associate Professorship in order that he might expand the research activities and teaching conducted by the AERC. Dr Memmott's appointment was extended to half-time in 2002.

The AERC performs three functions: it is a research and consultancy practice, a teaching centre, and an archive. The centre's work focuses on the cultures and environments of Indigenous peoples.

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