Photo by Claudia Comberti, taken during her fieldwork research working with Tacana II people of the Bolivian Amazon

Photo by Claudia Comberti, taken during her fieldwork research working with Tacana II people of the Bolivian Amazon.

"Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment... (they) have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated. Indigenous peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world."

United Nations

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the United Nation's Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. However, the UN writes, whilst there has been some progress over the last decade a gap still persists between formal rights and reality experienced by indigenous peoples on the ground.

The School of Geography and the Environment is home to indigenous scholars, as well as non-indigenous researchers who work with indigenous communities. The department aims to better understand local and traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous resource management, through the research that it supports.

In addition to its research engaging with indigenous communities, SoGE scholars have been working to combat the marginalisation of indigenous voices on an international scale, calling for an end to the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples at international climate change negotiations, and training diplomats from Unrepresented Nations in effective lobbying techniques, for use at the UN.

Indigenous scholars are encouraged to study or undertake DPhil research at the School of Geography and the Environment, and to participate in its conferences (such as the forthcoming Interdisciplinary Conference on Extraction and Exclusion).


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Discover some of SoGE's researchers, who have worked or are working with indigenous communities around the world (alphabetical order):