Living change: adaptive housing responses to climate change in the town camps of Alice Springs

The project has three primary research objectives: 1. To identify current adaptive practices of residents in newly provided or refurbished houses in three Alice Springs town camps in relation to comfort control and healthy-living practices, and highlight resident vulnerabilities to extreme weather events (particularly increased incidents of hot weather), and rising energy and water costs. 2. To identify tenancy management practices that increase or reduce vulnerabilities to climate change scenarios for town camp residents and promote the integration of sustainable living practices into existing tenancy management and future public housing provision. 3. To build the existing research capacity of the Tangentyere Research Hub to include energy and water use studies, and sustainable design through technical and social practice research.

The primary research questions focus on the following areas:

  1. Identification of the mix of passive and active responses to climate change among town camp residents and tenancy management organizations
  2. Identifying the key drivers of these responses, including the role of household members, household hardware, and management methods.
  3. Investigation of the effectiveness of current education/information programs designed to strengthen community and household resilience to climate change.

Interviews will be conducted with residents of AliceĀ  Springs’ Town Camps, the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company, and Territory Housing..

Start By 4 January 2012
Completed By 30 April 2013
Funding Funding provided by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility - Adaptation Research Grants Program - Indigenous Communities


Researcher(s) Ralph Horne, Andrew Martel, Paula Arcari, and Ms Denise Foster ( Tangentyere Reseatrch Hub, Alice Springs)
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Alice Springs – Australia