Applying biocultural research protocols in ecology: Insider and outsider experiences from Australia

Cooke, Patrick, Fahey, Monica, Ens, Emilie, Raven, Margaret, Clarke, Phillip A., Rossetto, Maurizio, and Turpin, Gerald (2022) Applying biocultural research protocols in ecology: Insider and outsider experiences from Australia. Ecological Management and Restoration, 23 (S1). pp. 64-74.

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Abstract

Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientific researchers are increasingly mandated by global to local conservation policy and research ethics guidelines. Breakdowns occur due to misunderstandings around expected protocols of engagement and cooperation, which are compounded by lack of broader awareness of differences in cultural values, priorities and knowledge systems. Using first-hand experiences, we outline eight key protocols and guidelines that researchers should consider when undertaking research with Indigenous peoples, or on Indigenous Country, through exploration of biocultural protocols and guidelines within Australian and Indigenous customary laws. We use the onion as a metaphor to highlight the layers of protocols and guidelines that researchers can peel back to guide their research from international to local scales, with ethics around the research question at the core. This paper draws on the perspectives and experiences of an Indigenous researcher (as ‘insider’/‘outsider’) and non-Indigenous researcher (‘outsider’), working on a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary investigation of past Aboriginal dispersal of rainforest trees on the Australian east coast. This paper is part of the special issue ‘Indigenous and cross-cultural ecology - perspectives from Australia’ published in Ecological Management & Restoration.

Item ID: 77513
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-8903
Keywords: cross-cultural ecology, First Nations knowledge, Indigenous biocultural knowledge, Indigenous engagement, Indigenous research ethics, two-way ecology
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Ecological Management & Restoration published by Ecological Society of Australia and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2023 06:11
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450117 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing @ 50%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4503 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management > 450304 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges @ 30%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community > 450519 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives @ 20%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210402 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to land and environment @ 40%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210403 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customary practices @ 40%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210404 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge @ 20%
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