Dr Maya Haviland

PhD, B. App. Sci (Honors)
Translational Fellow and Senior Lecturer Museum Anthropology, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Research School of Humanities and the Arts
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Visual Cultures 190104
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies 200201
  • Pacific Cultural Studies 200210
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Curatorial And Related Studies 2102
  • Museum Studies 210204
  • Social Program Evaluation 160703
  • Social Change 160805

Research interests

•Collaborative anthropology
•Co-creative Institutions
•Indigenous cultures
•Visual anthropology
•Community Cultural Development
•Socially-engaged Art, contemporary art
•Art-based collaborative ethnography
•Collaborative Methodologies
•Participatory Research,  (PAR)
•Participatory evaluation
•Photography, installation
•Digital Media
•Collections and Archives
•Curatorial methods


Dr. Maya Haviland is Translational Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the ANU. She has recently completed a secondment as Co-Design Lead in the Reimagine Project at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the ANU where she led process of co-design and collaboration with industry, academic and students, including the CoDesign Culture Lab in November 2019. Her current research focuses on co-creativity and the dynamics of collaboration in the cultural sector, including collaborative research investigating how to scaffold deep and sustained collaboration across organizational and cultural differences.

Maya has undertaken collaborative research with communities in Australia - especially in the Kimberley region - Mexico, the USA and Vanuatu. Her research career has spanned a range of topics, specialising in community focussed research with Indigenous communities, participatory action research and evaluation, and practice-based research. She has facilitated a number of collaborative art and documentary projects in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia, in the USA, Mexico and most recently in Vanuatu. Her photographic and installation works have been exhibited in Australia and internationally. She and her partner Brad Riley recently produced a documentary about the Vanuatu Cultural Centre’s Fieldworker Network – examining its role in cultural documentation and cultural revival. Her book Side by Side? Community Art and the Challenge of Co-Creativity was published in 2017.


Projects and Grants

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