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Michael is chief scientist for the Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge and Governance research group in the Northern Institute. He has a background in linguistics, and in teaching, translating and interpreting Yolŋu (Northeast Arnhem Land Aboriginal) languages. He has written extensively about Yolŋu knowledge and education, and conducted research into fields such as digital technologies and the management of traditional knowledge, health communication, and Aboriginal philosophies of knowledge and education. In recent years he has led a team working with governments (and NGOs) and Aboriginal elders and researchers and their organisations, to clarify and evaluate services to Aboriginal communities, including health, housing, volunteering, and resource management.

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Research Output 1981 2019

Tangentyere's Integrated Support program (ISP) Evaluation: Final Report 2019

Campbell, M. J., Spencer, M., Christie, M. & Verran, H., May 2019, Charles Darwin University. 60 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther reportResearch

Open Access
Program Evaluation
Open Access

Collaboratively rethinking the nature and practice of voluntary service in three North Australian Aboriginal communities

Spencer, M. & Christie, M., 2017, In : Third Sector Review. 23, 1, p. 9-27 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

service work
Red Cross
cultural heritage

Developing Local Curriculum Materials—Learning Metaphors, Insightful Collaborations, Community Involvement

Christie, M., 2017, History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory : People, Programs and Policies. Devlin, B. C., Disbray, S. & Devlin, N. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 127-139 13 p. (Language Policy; vol. 12).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

bilingual education
printing technology

Digital futures for bilingual books

Bow, C., Devlin, B. & Christie, M., 2017, History of bilingual education in the Northern Territory: People, programs and policies. . Devlin, B., Disbray, S. & Devlin, N. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 347-353 7 p. (Language Policy; vol. 12).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

bilingual education
knowledge production
student teacher


Indigenous learners online: designing a better experience

Author: Reedy, A., Aug 2018

Supervisor: Wallace, R. (Supervisor), Christie, M. (Supervisor) & Ford, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


Moving deeper into difference: developing meaningful and effective pathways into teacher education for Indigenous adults from remote communities

Author: Hall, L. M., 2016

Supervisor: Henry, J. (Supervisor) & Christie, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


People, place and practices: digital technologies in the changing world of fire management in northern Australia

Author: Crough, J. A., 2015

Supervisor: Christie, M. (Supervisor) & Jacklyn, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU