Matt Campbell

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Research Associate & PhD Candidate

Matt has spent most of his time in the past 20 years working with Aboriginal people on issues of land, research and livelihoods. He is interested in how people of different cultures find ways to work together productively, something he is pursuing through his PhD research.

PhD Project Title

The figure of the researcher in social analysis in contemporary Aboriginal Australia

Research Interests

  • Transdiciplinarity
  • Community Engagement
  • Generative research
  • Multiplicity
  • Contemporary Indigenous knowledge and governance


Professor Helen Verran, Principal (Northern Institute)
Dr Michaela Spencer (Northern Institute)
Professor Michael Christie (Northern Institute)

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Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Campbell, M., & Christie, M. (2016). Shopping at Pine Creek: Rethinking Both-Ways Education through the Context of Remote Aboriginal Australian Ranger Training. In R. Mizzi, T. Rocco & S. Shore (eds.), Disrupting Adult and Community Education: Teaching, Learning, and Working in the Periphery. New York: State University of New York Press.

Campbell, M., & Christie, M. (2014) Theorising intercultural engagement in remote Aboriginal contexts. In I. Bartkowiak-Theron & K. Anderson (eds.), Knowledge in Action: University-Community Engagement in Australia. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

Race, D., Mathew, S., Campbell, M., Hampton, K. (2016). Understanding climate adaptation investments for communities living in desert Australia: experiences of indigenous communities. Climatic Change, 1-15.

Campbell, M. (2015). The blue house(s). Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Objects of Governance], 15, 46-51.

Campbell, M., & M. Christie (2014). Aboriginal contributions to the evaluation of housing (and to postcolonial theory). Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Evaluation], 14, 154-164.

Race, D., Campbell, M., Hampton, K., Foster, D., Fejo, C., & Robertson, D. (2014). Observations of climate change by remote communities: lessons from the bush in central Australia.  Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 17(4), 23-39.

Campbell, M. (2013). Fire, lamb chops and engagement: practice and theory entanglements in remote Aboriginal education. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 12, 14-17.

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: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Edition:Indigenous Community Engagement], 2-22.

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

Conference Papers & Presentations

Campbell, M. (2011) Indigenous community engagement: What are we really doing when we seek to engage, at the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference, Sydney.

Campbell, M.  (2009) Case study of a community engagement training course, at the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference, Whyalla.

Campbell, M. (2008). Unique aspects of engaging with Australian Indigenous communities, at the  Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference, Sunshine Coast. 

Campbell, M. (2007).  Process and accountability for university engagement with Indigenous communities, at the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference, Alice Springs. 

Research Reports

Christie, M., Verran, H., Cathcart, J., van Weeren, T., Spencer, M., Nasir, T., Campbell, M., Harrison, M., & Wallace, R. (2015). Indigenous Governance and Leadership Development Project: Final Report and Evaluation. Charles Darwin University. Uniprint. 

Christie, M., & Campbell, M. (2013). More Than a Roof Overhead: Consultations for Better Housing Outcomes. Sub-Project 1 of the ARC Linkage Project 'More Than a Roof Overhead'. Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University.

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 discussion paper.

Matt Campbell


T: +61 8 8946 4907

Darwin, NT