Dr Maya Haviland

PhD, B. App. Sci (Honors)
Lecturer Museum Anthropology, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, School of Archaeology and Anthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

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 a Lecturer in Museum Anthropology at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the ANU. Her current research focuses on co-creativity and the dynamics of collaboration in the cultural sector; creative practices in collaborative anthropology; and, the role of community arts in cultural and historical research and community development.

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 rsearch 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.


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