Dr. Maya Haviland

Research Fellow, Nulungu Research Institute, Broome Campus

Email: Maya.Haviland@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9192 0614

  • Biography

    Dr. Maya Haviland works as a researcher, artist and community facilitator, with a focus on collaborative and arts-based methodologies.

    Her diverse research history spans community and cultural development, Indigenous research and policy, youth and early childhood intervention, food security and sustainable agriculture, program evaluation, organisational development and co-creative media. She has undertaken collaborative research with communities in Australia, especially the Kimberley region, Mexico, the USA and Vanuatu. Her current research focuses on co-creativity, cross-cultural community development, cultural and organizational development and dynamics of collaboration.

    Maya worked as Senior Research Officer at the Institute of Family Studies from 2002 to 2004, before leaving to found Side by Side Community Project Consulting, working as an independent consultant and researcher for over a decade. She has worked as a Research Fellow with Nulungu Research Institute in Broome as part of the Collaborative Research Network on Indigenous Wellbeing, and undertaken a range of community based research projects. In recent years, Maya has lived and worked in Vanuatu providing technical advice to the environmental community development NGO Live and Learn Vanuatu, undertaking research on cultural arts and community development projects.

    Maya has an honours degrees in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney and received her PhD from the ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts. Her doctoral research looked at practices of arts-based collaborative ethnography, and included case studies on the Archivo Fotografico Indigena and the Chiapas Photography Project, indigenous photography projects in southern Mexico. Maya is a practicing artist with a particular interest in collaborative arts and its role in research, cultural and community development. She has facilitated a variety of collaborative photography, video, writing and visual art projects in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia, in the USA, Mexico and most recently in Vanuatu.

  • Teaching areas

    • Collaborative arts and community development practice
    • Collaborative Ethnography and collaborative research methodologies
    • Participatory Action Research
    • Collaborative Cultural Production
    • Cultural heritage and museum studies
    • Participatory Evaluation methodologies
  • Research expertise and supervision

    • Creative cultural and ethnographic production
    • Ethics, access and value creation related to art-based collaborative ethnographic works and collections
    • Dynamics of collaboration in cross-cultural, community and institutional contexts
    • Creative pedagogies and methodologies for critical engagement with cultural learning, cultural heritage and collaborative cultural production
    • Collaborative Ethnography
    • Vanuatu, Kimberley region of Australia, Mexican Indigenous communities
  • Books

    • ‘Side by Side? The Challenge of Co-Creativity, Book by Maya Haviland, Left Coast Press Inc., Routledge Forthcoming (Dec 2016)
    • Singing Out: Aboriginal Ladies Stories from the West Kimberley, Maya Haviland and Rachel Breunlin (eds), Jalaris Aboriginal Corporation, The Neighborhood Story Project and Side by Side Community Project Consulting. 2008
  • Book chapters

    The Challenge of Cross-Cultural Creativity, in McLean, I. (ed) In Transculturation and Indigenous Contemporary Art, Cambridge Scholar Press, 2014

  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • Evaluating the Kids Future Club Maya Haviland with James Pillsbury, Australasian Journal of Evaluation, Volume 12, No. 1, November 2012
    • Indigenous Cultural Festivals – Evaluating Impact on Community Health and Wellbeing (Report by Peter Phipps and Lisa Slater, with Bo Svoronos, Danielle Wyatt, Maya Haviland and Glenn Morrow) 2010
    • Being an insider and/or an outsider, (with Kelley Johnson, Liz Orr and Tania Lienert), 2005 Stronger Families Learning Exchange (SFLEX) Bulletin #7, Australian Institute of Family Studies
    • Communities Doing Participatory Evaluation, (with Richard Munt) 2005, Stronger Families Learning Exchange Findings Series, Australian Institute of Family Studies
    • Participatory Evaluation, 2004 SFLEX Bulletin #6, Australian Institute of Family Studies
    • Mutual Capacity Building, 2004 SFLEX Bulletin #6, Australian Institute of Family Studies
    • What makes evidence and who gets to say so? How Participatory Action Research contributes to evidence on early childhood intervention and community development, VCOSS Congress 2004, Conference proceedings
    • Gathering information to inform action, 2004 SFLEX Bulletin #5, Australian Institute of Family Studies
    • Using Photography as a tool for Participatory Action Research, 2004 SFLEX Bulletin #5, Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Conference papers

    • “The Challenge of Co-Creativity” Australian Anthropology Association Conference November 2013
    • “Photographing your own people – collaborative photography projects, ethics and fictions in insider representation.” – Imaging Identity Conference, Canberra July 2010
    • “Auspicing Innovative Action as Advocacy – Modelling good practice in Aboriginal child health and education in Derby WA.” Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Kulunga Aboriginal Health Research Network Special Seminar, May 2006
    • “What does it actually take to implement an early childhood agenda on the ground in Australia?” NiFTEY (National Investment for the Early Years) Conference February 2006
    • “Photo Me Derby – What can be said, by whom & to whom in Indigenous community photography in Derby?” Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Occasional Seminar Series, Australian National University December 2005
    • “Using photography and other visual methods to go under the radar and light fires.” Two Fires Conference and Festival – Art and Activism February 2005
    • “What makes evidence and who gets to say so? How Participatory Action Research contributes to evidence on early childhood intervention and community development” VCOSS Congress 2004
    • “Participatory Evaluation” International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Queensland Conference October 2004
    • “Mutual Capacity Building” Presentation to the Foundation for Young Australians October 2003
  • Original creative works

    Selected Exhibitions:

    • Sik Plastik long Solwata- exhibition in response to ocean pollution, Foundation Bastien, Port Vila, Vanuatu, October 2016
    • Aelan Gel – photographs of social theatre performance, International Women’s Day exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Port Vila, Vanuatu, March 2016
    • Places I Carry With Me – Solo Show, Galleria Cerrillo, San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico, August 2009
    • MarshARTabilities, Derby Marsh Art Project, July 2007
    • Kimberley Art Prize, Derby WA July 2007
    • “Community Art in the Kimberley – Faces of Mowanjum” - Xavier University Gallery, New Orleans Louisiana USA Jan 2007
    • ‘Faces of Mowanjum’ photographic exhibition, Mowanjum Community West Kimberley WA Nov 2006
    • 5 – Group Show, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery Dickson ACT July 2006
    • Kimberley Art Prize, Derby WA July 2006
    • ‘Faces of the Kimberley’ collaborative photographic exhibition, Photo Me Derby Project, Derby, WA, Sept 2005
    • Kimberley Art Prize, Derby WA July 2005

    Other collaborative creative works include:

    • ABCdarios –Tzotzil and Tzeltal language readers, with Juana Lopez Lopez and Antonia Giron Intzin, the Chiapas Photography Project and CIESAS SURESTE 2010
    • Entre Yanki et Oke: United Houma Nation Oral History Poster Project, with New Orleans Neighborhood Story Project and the United Houma Nation, 2009
    • Singing Out: Aboriginal Ladies Stories from the West Kimberley, Maya Haviland and Rachel Breunlin (eds), Jalaris Aboriginal Corporation, The Neighborhood Story Project and Side by Side Community Project Consulting. 2008
  • Recorded or rendered works

    Producer/Director “Mowanjum Festival – Keeping Culture Strong” DOCUMENTARY FILM with Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, Kimberley Western Australia 2008
  • Curated exhibitions or events

    • Artistic Director of the inaugural Derby Marsh Art project, with DADAA (Disability and Disadvantage in the Arts Association) Derby , WA 2007
    • Co-Producer - YARRI WADA WALAGURA (Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunumbal Women’s Cultural Puppet Project) with Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre and Ngyarinyin Artists Cooperative, 2007
  • In the media

    Maya has a blog on practices of art-based collaborative ethnography: www.sidebyside.net.au

  • Professional affiliations

    Dr. Haviland is currently a Lecturer in the Centre of Heritage and Museum Studies, School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University, an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Nulungu Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Adjunct Professional Associate at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.
  • Community engagement

    Selected Community Research Reports include:
    • Evaluation of Tropical Cyclone Pam Response and Recovery Projects – for Act for Peace and the Vanuatu Christian Council- 2015
    • Food Security in Peri-Urban Vanuatu post Tropical Cyclone Pam– Act for Peace and the Vanuatu Christian Council – 2015
    • Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Community and Culture Garden Strategic Plan – Broome, Western Australia, 2013
    • 2-year Evaluation of Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre School Culture Program – completed 2011
    • 3-year Evaluation of Jalaris Kids Future Club – 2009-2011, Derby, Western Australia
    • Fitzroy Crossing Youth Plan Maya Haviland and Melissa Johnson for the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, April 2008
    • Derby Youth Drug and Alcohol Project – Community action research on youth drug and alcohol issues in Derby WA. Supported by the Derby Local Drug Action Group, the Jayida Burru Family Violence Prevention Forum and the Shire of Derby West Kimberley. 2006
    • Maya has been a board member of the ACT Cultural Council and was a founding member of Incredible Edible Broome. She is also an active supporter of the Pacific Indigenous Ranger Network
  • Other

    • Artist in Residence NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD STORY PROJECT Nov-Dec 2009, Jan-Feb 2007