Hmalan Hunter-Xenie

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 six 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

  • Bradshaw Social Impact Assesment Review and Baseline Community Study
  • The Aboriginal Research Practitioners' Network (ARPNet)


Year Type Citation
2012 Report Stacey, N., Stanley, O., McWilliam, A. & Hunter-Xenie, H. Bradshaw Social Impact Assessment Review and Baseline Community Study Report . Report prepared for the Commonwealth Department of Defence (Charles Darwin University, 2012).
2012 Hunter-Xenie, H. & Sithole, B. Networking for change: Experiences of the Aboriginal Research Practitioners' Network (ARPNet) in northern Australia. 18th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (2012).
2011 Report Sithole, B. et al. Community Safety and Wellbeing Survey: Gunbalanya Community analysis report. (2011).
2011 Journal Article Izurieta, A. V. et al. Developing Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating Joint Management Effectiveness in Protected Areas in the Northern Territory, Australia. Ecology and Society 16, (2011).
2011 Report Sithole, B. et al. Community Safety and Wellbeing Survey: Gunbalanya Community feedback report. (2011).
2011 Report Sithole, B. et al. Community Safety and Wellbeing Survey: Gunbalanya field report. (2011).
2009 Journal Article Garnett, S. T. et al. Transformative Knowledge Transfer Through Empowering and Paying Community Researchers. Biotropica 41, 571 - 577 (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Hunter-Xenie, H. et al. ARPNet: Creating avenues for Aboriginal people in North Australia to be involved in research. The Fourth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Common Ground Publishing, 2009). at <>
2009 Journal Article Sithole, B., Hunter-Xenie, H. & Dunnett, D. Research as opportunities for aboriginal engagement: A case study of the aboriginal research practitioners' network. Learning Communities: international journal of learning in social contexts December 2009, 62 - 85 (2009).
2008 Report Sithole, B., Dunnett, D. & Hunter-Xenie, H. Networking for Change: Participatory Action Research. (2008).
2008 Magazine Article Hunter-Xenie, H. The Aboriginal Research Practitioners' Network fills critical research gap. Kantri Laif (2008). at <>
2007 Report Sithole, B. et al. Aboriginal land and sea management: A community driven evaluation. (2007). at <>
2007 Report Sithole, B., O'Leary, P. & Hunter-Xenie, H. Aboriginal NRM: Articulating the Northern Territory Government perspectives on Aboriginal NRM. (2007).
2007 Report Sithole, B. et al. Belyuen Visioning and Planning Project: A rapid rural appraisal of the situation at Belyuen Community. 87 (Charles Darwin University and the Darwin Indigenous Coordinator Centre, 2007).
2006 Saegenschnitter, J. & Hunter-Xenie, H. Participatory evaluation in the Top End: An emerging prototype. Poster presented at the Australasian Evaluation International Conference, 4-7 September (2006). at <>

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