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Setting the Table: Indigenous Engagement on Environmental Issues in a Politicized Context


Lui, FW and Kim, MK and Delisle, A and Stoeckl, N and Marsh, H, Setting the Table: Indigenous Engagement on Environmental Issues in a Politicized Context, Society and Natural Resources, 29, (11) pp. 1263-1279. ISSN 0894-1920 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/08941920.2016.1150541


Environmental issues are often highly politicized. Indigenous peoples may be reluctant to participate in research due to a history of colonization and negative experiences with researchers—described as a "chronic conflict". We present a case where an acute conflict (an event that creates intense mistrust among stakeholders) occurred during a research project. The project studied a contentious issue: the sharing of dugong and turtle meat by Indigenous Australians. The chronic conflict of colonial history and Western research was exacerbated by media coverage of related issues when the project was starting, making participants unwilling to participate in our research. We adapted established Indigenous engagement protocols and — both literally and figuratively — set the table in response to the sociopolitical context of the research. This engagement process enabled us to establish trusting relationships with participants, and could benefit most researchers seeking to engage people, irrespective of Indigeneity or context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community engagement, Indigenous research, traditional hunting
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Stoeckl, N (Professor Natalie Stoeckl)
ID Code:137247
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:College Office - CoBE
Deposited On:2020-02-06
Last Modified:2020-05-22

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