About This Project
Indigenous communities around the globe have been negatively affected by land dispossession, commercial exploitation, the legacies of colonisation and loss of independence. However, many are resilient and have regained their deep relationship to their land. This research agenda is linked to the grand challenge of bringing indigenous communities’ socio-economic conditions at par with the wider society in terms of indicators of well-being, such as health, education, livelihood, and resilience. This research seeks to understand the discursive and material strategies of resistance to neoliberal natural resource management by Indigenous communities across the US, Australia and Nepal. A series of shared learning dialogues (SLDs) will be conducted in the Navajo Tribal community in Arizona, the Dharriwaa Elders’ Group Australian Aboriginal community in Walgett Australian Aboriginal community in Walgett, New South Wales and the Tharu community in Nepal, with research findings shared through workshops with Indigenous communities and policy makers. Faculty members from ASU (Gyan Nyaupane and Christine Buzinde), King's (Daanish Mustafa), and UNSW, Sydeny (Krisna Shrestha) support this research effort.