Accepted paper:

Collaboration, climate change & ethnography: towards a better future?


Danielle Johnson (University of Auckland)

Paper short abstract:

This pecha kucha explores how collaborative ethnographic praxis can help decolonise and reimagine climate adaptation scholarship. Collaboration realigns climate research with Indigenous aspirations and priorities, de-centres the power of the researcher and creates space for more just, equal futures

Paper long abstract:

Climate change scholarship emphasises the need for collaborative, community-centred approaches to climate adaptation, and, increasingly, engagement with Indigenous peoples' priorities and aspirations. Anthropology remains marginal to these discussions, yet collaborative ethnographic praxis can help to decolonise climate adaptation efforts by realigning climate research with Indigenous interests, needs and worldviews, and de-centring the power of the researcher. This pecha kucha discusses collaborative ethnographic fieldwork investigating climate adaptation amongst Māori Indigenous peoples within rural communities in the north of Aotearoa New Zealand. The project takes a community-based, action-oriented approach to climate adaptation research guided by the input of an Indigenous-led organisation and Indigenous community members. Key features include co-design of research questions and methods, and generation of information to support contextually meaningful climate adaptation that furthers aspirations for self-determination and intergenerational wellbeing. In responding to the concerns and outlooks of Indigenous groups, this project contributes to the reimagination of climate scholarship in line with ideas of justice and equality.

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Collaborative Futures in Practice: Methods and pedagogies for imagining and doing anthropology together [PechaKucha]