Hmalan Hunter-Xenie

Hmalan Hunter-Xenie
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Research Associate
Primary research group: 
Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods
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Hmalan is of Tiwi/Iwaidja and Kaytej/Warlpiri descent (Northern Territory, Australia) and Drehu descent (Lifou Island, New Caledonia). She works primarily on projects regarding Indigenous engagement within RIEL and is the coordinator of the Aboriginal Research Practitioners’ Network. She is interested in natural resource management and its connections with top end Indigenous communities.

Through her work she has increased her understanding of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques and their applications within an Indigenous research context in the Northern Territory, Australia. PRA is an approach that aims to incorporate the knowledge and opinions of communities in the planning and management of development projects and programs.

She is involved in supporting and strengthening Indigenous engagement in research. In the last nine years she has participated in projects focusing on the use of participatory evaluation, participatory visioning and planning, participatory monitoring and evaluation, 'training for transformation' and 'significant change' techniques, working with Indigenous communities in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and internationally in New Caledonia.

Current work

  • The Aboriginal Research Practitioners' Network (ARPNet)
  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

People I work with

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Dr. Beau Austin
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Prof Stephen Garnett
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Judit Szabo
Adjunct - Research Fellow
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Arturo Izurieta
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Jennifer Macdonald
PhD Candidate
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Veronica Toral-Granda
Ph.D. Candidate

My blog posts

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In May I found out about the 5th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference being held at the University of Auckland, 27-30 June 2012.

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In December, 2011, several staff members were forwarded information from Dr Stephen Wyatt (Université de Moncton) regarding a specific call for Aboriginal themed presentations at the upcoming 18th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM).