Photo by Claudia Comberti, taken during her fieldwork research working with Tacana II people of the Bolivian Amazon.
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).
- Rubis, J. (2016) Solar, sustainability, and strategies in Sarawak, EnviroSociety.org
- (2016) Reindeer deaths in the Arctic linked with retreating sea ice, ox.ac.uk
- Comberti, C. (2016) Calling for an end to the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples at international climate change negotiations
- (2012) A new kind of atlas for Southeast, Juneau Empire
Discover some of SoGE's researchers, who have worked or are working with indigenous communities around the world (alphabetical order):
- Claudia Comberti | DPhil: Adaptation to environmental change in Amazonian Indigenous communities: the role of human-ecosystem interactions in supporting positive change
- Dr Marc Macias-Fauria | Associate Professor in Physical Geography
- Dr Fiona McConnell | Associate Professor in Human Geography
- Brice Perombelon | DPhil: Geopolitical Arctic(s). Indigenous representations of geo-power: the case of the Sahtu Denes
- Jane Rubis | DPhil: (Re)imagining forest conservation landscapes and development pathways: indigenous strategies in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo
- Dr Tom Thornton | Course Leader, Environmental Change and Management MSc course (ECI), offering an elective on Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
- Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria | DPhil: Linking interactions between cultural and biological diversity on the Pacific coast of North America in the face of climate change