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