Placing diverse knowledge systems at the core of transformative climate research

Orlove, Ben, Sherpa, Pasang, Dawson, Neil, Adelekan, Ibidun, Alangui, Wilfredo, Carmona, Rosario, Coen, Deborah, Nelson, Melissa K., Reyes-García, Victoria, Rubis, Jennifer, Sanago, Gideon and Wilson, Andrew (2023) Placing diverse knowledge systems at the core of transformative climate research. AMBIO, 52 (9). 1431–1447. ISSN 0044-7447

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We argue that solutions-based research must avoid treating climate change as a merely technical problem, recognizing instead that it is symptomatic of the history of European and North American colonialism. It must therefore be addressed by decolonizing the research process and transforming relations between scientific expertise and the knowledge systems of Indigenous Peoples and of local communities. Partnership across diverse knowledge systems can be a path to transformative change only if those systems are respected in their entirety, as indivisible cultural wholes of knowledge, practices, values and worldviews. This argument grounds our specific recommendations for governance at the local, national, and international scales. As concrete mechanisms to guide collaboration across knowledge systems, we propose a set of instruments based on the principles of consent, intellectual and cultural autonomy, and justice. We recommend these instruments as tools to ensure that collaborations across knowledge systems embody just partnerships in support of a decolonial transformation of relations between human communities and between humanity and the more-than-human world.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding: Funding was provided by European Research Council (FP7-771056-LICCI).
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate,co-production,decolonization,indigenous,knowledge,transformation,geography, planning and development,ecology,environmental chemistry,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2023 10:31
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2024 10:31
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-023-01857-w


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