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Community-University Research Collaborations: On Whose Terms?

Date Published: 2002

Full Reference:

Bannister, K., 2002. "Community-University Research Collaborations: On Whose Terms?" Paper presented at University of California Davis Cross-Disciplinary Forum on Ecological Ethics, Davis, CA. April 2-4.


The cultural knowledge and local expertise of Indigenous communities are increasingly recognised as valid and important contributions to understanding the natural world, and promoting human and ecosystem health. As such, there is growing awareness that research with Indigenous communities must move away from subject-centered models of ‘studying Indigenous cultures’ toward more collaborative and respectful practices wherein community members are essential partners in defining and conducting research. Building research relationships and mutual understanding are prerequisite to working collaboratively, and essential to ethical research practices. However, adequate time and funds to build relationships, develop informed consent, and establish appropriate research goals and processes are often overlooked by research granting agencies and university administrations. Conducting collaborative research, therefore, may lead to significant tensions for researchers--as a result of entrenched norms in academic reward structures, research and ethics policies, and publication practices. This seminar explores ethical, legal and practical considerations in collaborative research with Indigenous communities.

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