Matthew Campbell

University Fellow

Matthew Campbell is the Research Coordinator at Tangentyere Council, the Aboriginal Council for Alice Springs Town Camps. Formerly a researcher at Charles Darwin University, his principal research interest is intercultural community engagement, with a focus on collective action, generative methodologies and research accountability. In his work at Tangentyere Council, he, along with his Aboriginal colleagues, undertakes research projects which focus on making a tangible difference in the lives of Alice Springs Town Camp residents while strengthening Aboriginal knowledge production, governance and leadership.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous community engagement
  • Research theory and methodology
  • Remote housing provision
  • Natural and cultural resource management

Current Projects

  • More than a Roof Overhead: Sub project 1 Consultation for better housing- Working with Territory Housing and Aboriginal members of Housing Reference Groups to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people in public housing in remote areas and town camps
  • Indigenous community engagement as collective action- analysing ethnographic stories using a symbolic interactionist social theory approach

Publications and Resources

Journal Articles

Davies, J. Campbell, D., Campbell, M., Douglas, J., Hueneke, H., LaFlamme, M., Pearson, D., Preuss, K., Walker, J. & Walsh, F. (2011) Attention to four key principles can promote health outcomes from desert Aboriginal land management, The Rangeland Journal, 33, 417-431

Campbell, M., Christie, M. (2009) Researching a university’s engagement with the Indigenous communities it serves, Learning Communities, 2-22

Campbell, M. (2007) Process and accountability in university engagement with Indigenous communities, Australasian Journal for University Community Engagement, 2(1), 166- 173

Conference Paper

2011 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference - Sydney. Presentation entitled: “Indigenous community engagement: What are we really doing when we seek to engage”

2009 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference - Whyalla. Presentation entitled: “Case study of a community engagement training course”

2008 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference - Sunshine Coast. Presentation entitled: “Unique aspects of engaging with Australian Indigenous communities”

2007 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference - Alice Springs. Presentation entitled: “Process and accountability for university engagement with Indigenous communities”


Campbell, M. & Christie, M. (2009) Indigenous Community Engagement at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Uniprint

Campbell, M. & Halkon, C. (2008) Working From Our Strengths: establishing principles for working with our community, School for Social and Policy Research, CDU discussion paper

Matthew Campbell